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    Re: Gibson Teens Serial Numbers

    What the data in my A2-z SN/FON table shows: While some items with FON 11919 (for example) got a serial number in the 740xx range, others with the same FON received a serial number in a 776xx or...
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    Re: Gibson Teens Serial Numbers

    I don't believe all those A2-z were completed in 1923. I think what we see after serial number 75xxx is many parts/unfinished instruments stamped with an earlier FON being assembled/finished later...
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    Re: Gibson Teens Serial Numbers

    I updated my table about A2-z models - now including also example without known FON. See attachment. (The approx S/N year is according to Spann).

    This table seems to confirm that:

    - A finished...
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    Re: Gibson Teens Serial Numbers

    Regarding A2z models: I once created a chart of known examples with serial number and FON - from the Mandolin Archive and other sources - see attached screenshot. The list is ordered by ascending...
  5. Re: Gibson Snakehead FON/Serial Nimber Question

    A few years ago I compiled a list of A2Z models with known FONs and serial number - see attached image. I also compared soundhole ring and tuner styles.
    As you can see, the two number systems are...
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    Re: Epiphone Strand 1940s

    Nice! Looking at my Epiphone instrument registry data, serial number 52176 is part of the last batch of wartime Strand mandolins - note the crude octagonal bridge thumbwheels, obviously a product of...
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    Re: Which Gibson model would this be ?

    The A-50 in the 1937 Gibson catalog Y with the new wide body is pictured with these very fretboard and headstock inlays.

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    The label "MADE IN U.S.A / BY GIBSON, INC. / KALAMAZOO, MICH."...
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    Re: 1924 A2Z (?) questions

    Nice! Is there a stamped FON visible on the neck block?

    Felix
  9. Re: Gibson Instrument Polish - The Secret Formula Revealed

    John - the rest of the catalog page is cut off. It reads: "Prices subject to change without notice".
    Felix
  10. Re: Gibson Instrument Polish - The Secret Formula Revealed

    That's what Epiphone recommended in their 1934 catalog: DuPont Duco No.7 !

    Felix

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    Re: 1935 Epiphone Strand

    Already sold.
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    1935 Epiphone Strand

    One you don't see every day - 1935 Epiphone Strand for sale (no affiliation):...
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    Re: 1936 Rivoli Mandolin Epiophone bass

    I am not a dealer, just researching old Epiphone instruments and maintaining a database about these. My general impression regarding market value of a 1930s Epiphone Rivoli mandolin: Pretty rare,...
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    Re: 1936 Rivoli Mandolin Epiophone bass

    The photos are fine - I was talking about that detail of the white binding that follows the edge of the body and then angles off towards the fretboard - see arrow in attached picture. Maybe a...
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    Re: 1936 Rivoli Mandolin Epiophone bass

    MissMatt - nice Epiphone Rivoli mandolin from c. 1936 as you figured out correctly! Not too many of these were made so it's always great to see an actual example. I don't think I have seen a Rivoli...
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    Re: 1940 Epiphone Century

    Correct!
    Felix
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    Re: 1940 Epiphone Century

    Very nice - thanks for posting! This is indeed an early one - the f-holes are still positioned "high" on the body as with all early Epiphone electrics (position moved level with the bridge around...
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    Re: Closet epi pics

    Jim - Fisch/Fred state that the earliest Rivoli mandos (1932) were laminated walnut, and that by 1939 the back had changed to carved walnut. The change may possibly have happened a bit earlier than...
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    Re: Closet epi pics

    I think both: Epiphone generally was a much smaller operation than Gibson or Martin; and they launched their Masterbilt mandolins in the early 1930s when the mandolin boom was well over. In the...
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    Re: Closet epi pics

    Bill - thanks for the additional photos. Very nice engraved Waverly tuners.
    Regarding your earlier question in your other thread: (1) are there many of these out there?
    I think not too many, my...
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    Re: Closet epi pics

    Steve - Epiphone first promoted the "E under the lid" cases in the 1939 catalog: http://wiedler.ch/nyepireg/docs/1939_cat.pdf (see p.43). The Dutch Archtop Guitar Museum lists examples that came with...
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    Re: Closet epi pics

    Hi oldplinker - very nice Epiphone Rivoli made in c. 1939. Since you have found my Epiphone research website I included it... ;)

    The back is 2-piece carved walnut (not laminated). Nice original...
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    Re: Kalamazoo serial numbers

    According to Retrofret's description the number is actually 7930H - this is a Gibson FON, not serial #. The code letter H indicates 1942. The adjacent FON 7931H is listed in Joe Spann's book as KM-12...
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    Re: Vintage Epiphone Mandolin

    Harry West's Epiphone Windsor is offered for sale by his daughter: http://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/87044
    And the example from this thread still at Gruhn's:...
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    Re: 1932 Epiphone Strand in the Classifieds

    Here some photos of the mandolin I had saved years ago.
    Felix

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