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  1. Re: Gibson A-4 (1915/1917)óWorth it to repair, or just return?

    Thanks rcc56, I get lonely when I’m banished to my corner for too long!
    And I agree, do NOT do or, have mammy made repairs performed on this fine old instrument! Have repairs done properly by a...
  2. Re: Gibson A-4 (1915/1917)óWorth it to repair, or just return?

    Please don't take a shade-tree fix-it approach to a mandolin as nice as this one. Doing so might only cause the damage to progress or cause new problems.

    For example:

    The dowel might cause a...
  3. Re: Gibson A-4 (1915/1917)óWorth it to repair, or just return?

    I have worked on many of these old Gibsons and am familiar with most of the problems they are subject to.
    We won't send Timbofood to his room for this one. His advice is very good.

    Without...
  4. Thread: Fret Dressing?

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    Remember, you can find a 'teens plain A in very nice condition for $1200 to $1500. The money you save as compared to a 1922 or later mandolin will pay for a really nice setup and a good set of...
  5. Thread: Fret Dressing?

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    If the rest of the frets are of sufficient height and in good shape, a partial refret would be the most sensible approach if the grooved frets can be re-used by either turning them over or shimming...
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    The frets in the photo look like tang frets to me.
  7. Thread: Fret Dressing?

    by pops1
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    I don't think Gibson ever used bar frets in mandolins. At least not in the teen's and later.
  8. Thread: Fret Dressing?

    by Br1ck
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    Another reason I bought my 1913 A 1, the frets were replaced and in fine shape.
  9. Thread: Fret Dressing?

    by rcc56
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    All the bar frets that I have pulled out of mandolins are considerably narrower than those used in guitars.
    I do not know of anyone who sells bar fret wire any narrower than .045", which is much too...
  10. Thread: Fret Dressing?

    by pops1
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    Bar frets are a different beast altogether. I can find various bar frets for guitar and they would be the same for the mandolin, but I haven't found them as thin as what is in an old Martin mandolin....
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    Fretwork is my forte. I'm really good at fretwork says I who is a guy with 20 years of doing lots and lots of fretwork mainly on guitars. A nice 1920s mandolin should be addressed by someone with...
  12. Thread: Gibson?

    by NickR
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    The original tuners may have been "arrow ended" like the replacements although there were other types used as well. Original "arrow ended" tuners are extremely rare- they may be around but it might...
  13. Thread: Fret Dressing?

    by pops1
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    If you play it and it doesn't buzz then you can wait to find a repair person to refret. I agree with rcc56 about a partial refret, no sense filing down good frets for a couple of worn ones.

    You...
  14. Thread: Fret Dressing?

    by rcc56
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    If it's not buzzing, you can play it as is. The grooved frets may have a negative effect on the intonation and action.
  15. Thread: Fret Dressing?

    by rcc56
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    Those grooves are quite deep. If the frets are dressed down to the point where the grooves are gone, there won't be much fret height left. The mandolin may then be harder to play, because your...
  16. Thread: Gibson?

    by Br1ck
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    I'd take a chance in the A just listed in classifieds. NFI
  17. Thread: Gibson?

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    Re: Gibson?

    Snake heads are very cool instruments. I think Schoenberg has a Jr. for around $1800.Yes, when more people like something, the price goes up. But consider this, it will never be worth less. I'd love...
  18. Thread: Gibson?

    by EdHanrahan
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    Just as an historical observation, the venerated Martin Guitar, never real eager to jump on the latest bandwaon, waited six decades, to 1985, before making their trussrods adjustable. Hasn't at all...
  19. Thread: Gibson?

    by Br1ck
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    I have the good fortune to have Gryphon in my backyard. I have tried a dozen or so Gibson As from as early as 1909 to the mid twenties. I liked them all. A Loar era paddlehead was slightly tighter...
  20. Thread: Gibson?

    by V70416
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    good luck on your quest,prairieschooner. it is always best,imho,to play before you buy;but,i have bought more than a few mandolins either on order from makers or online purchases. no regerts really....
  21. Thread: Gibson?

    by rcc56
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    If you are able and so inclined, you might want to take a field trip.

    If you can budget an F-4 instead of an A model, there are 9 of them in Nashville right now, plus a couple of F-2's. We don't...
  22. Thread: Gibson?

    by danb
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    Good advice right here.

    The truss rod and adjustible saddles both let you fine-tune the set-up a bit more. I make little adjustments to mine when I travel, seasonal changes etc.

    Most...
  23. Thread: Gibson?

    by rcc56
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    If possible, play several of the old A models. They can vary considerably in tone, projection, and neck shape. If you can play a few of them, you'll be more likely to find the one that will suit...
  24. Thread: Gibson?

    by rcc56
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    Re: Gibson?

    I've worked on dozens of the pre-truss rod Gibsons.

    The necks can vary considerably in size and profile. Generally speaking, the A models have bigger necks than the F models, except in the very...
  25. Thread: Gibson?

    by Jim Hilburn
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    Re: Gibson?

    This is the cross section of the neck from the Artes print.
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