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    Re: Doubt about a banjo for Bluegrass

    Bluegrass is played on a 5-string banjo, usually with a resonator.
    Irish/Celtic is generally played on a 4-string tenor banjo.

    Two completely different types of music.
    Two completely different...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    allenhopkins asks:
    "does Gibson even make banjos any more, or put their name on instruments made for them by others?"

    No banjos since 2009. Production was essentially ended and banjo-area...
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    Re: Gibson F5G nut width?

    Standard nut width on the F-5g is 1 1/16".

    There was a special run of them made in the pre-flood days with a wide fingerboard like the Sam Bush model (these are easily recognizable with the block...
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    Re: 2017 Boeh A5 sound clips

    That sounds both mature and well balanced for being only 2 years old.
    Very "traditional" tone.
    Playin's not bad, either...! ;)
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    Re: James Mandolin Tailpiece

    If you want a James tailpiece, then be ready to accept the matte finish "for what it is".

    I sense that trying to "polish it up" might make a mess out of things...
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    Re: Confusing Gibson Flatiron

    "The serial number is 80107029"

    January 7, 1998, 2nd instrument completed that day.
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    Re: Hello. Experts needed

    How about some pics:
    - Front/back full
    - Peghead front/back
    - Body front/back
    - Case
  8. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    OP:

    You sound like you have money.
    Take a trip to Nashville, visit both Carter's and Gruhn's.
    If you can't find something you like between them, you ain't findin' it.
  9. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    OP:

    BEFORE you buy, have you had the opportunity to TRY both models?

    Have you played many (any?) Gibson F models previously?

    Will you be comfortable with the narrow neck (1 1/16" at the...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    I wouldn't pay $200 for a fret "dress".
    Plex machine, or no Plex machine.
    And I can afford it.
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    Re: Question about a Flatiron A model oval hole

    I'm going to -guess- that's a Nashville Flatiron, produced near the end of the "Flatiron era" of Montana-made and Nashville-made Flatirons.

    It appears to have the Gibson/Grover tuners on it.
    I...
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    Re: Woodstock

    Just took this pic a few minutes ago.
    This IS NOT "a reproduction", but an original from 50 years ago, when I was there.
    Still in pretty good shape.

    179055

    (right click to open in a new...
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    Re: New Kelley A model violin style

    Did you get permission from Joe Campanella Cleary before you made that...????

    (jes' kiddin' !!) ;)

    Looks great.
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    Re: Gibson F-5 on eBay?

    It's a Gibson F-5 from the 70's.

    The ebay ad says it's refinished.

    Looks like it had a bad case of "binding deterioration" (i.e., crumbling), so all the binding was replaced (the replacement...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Mandolin

    Mr. Jacobson, your prototype both looks and sounds great.

    By "sounding" great, it's very reminiscent of a "wooden" instrument, not quite exactly the same, but very, very close.
  16. Re: If you could have any mandolin in the world….

    "If you could have any mandolin in the world which one would it be?"

    C'mon.

    Jes' about everyone here would choose that one...! ;)
  17. Thread: John Starling

    by J.Albert
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    Re: John Starling

    Dr. Starling changed the way many singers in bluegrass approach vocals, as surely as Tony Rice changed the way the guitar is used in the music.

    I didn't know he had be undergoing hospice care --...
  18. Re: Help me understand mortise and tenon neck joints

    Seems to me that "bolt-on" necks work just fine in the guitar world -- perhaps better than traditional dovetail neck construction, because of the "adjustability" that is inherent in the bolt-on...
  19. Re: Thoughts on 1924 Gibson A-4 snakehead mandolin

    For that kind of money you could have Tom Ellis build you a custom oval version of his deluxe A model.

    Will probably sound as good (maybe better), plus it's brand-new construction.
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    Re: New Gibson Bill Monroe Hall Of Fame Model?

    Be this mandolin "creepy" or not, whatever.
    The back looks a little "too distressed" for me. Same with the "elbow corner".

    Having said that, I guess that Mr. Monroe had left Gibson with a few...
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    Re: Gibson? on eBay

    Sumpin' tells me that that is not an original Gibson F-5...
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    Re: choosing a mandolin for playability

    OP...

    You didn't tell us where you are but it's within range of Missoula MT, right?

    If that's the case, get yourself to Greg Boyd's at the earliest opportunity.

    They can check your mandolin...
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    Re: Broken headstock on Eastman MD515

    After you buy the replacement, DON'T leave it sitting on a stand.

    Keep it in the case, where it belongs.
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    Re: Shipping Toronto to Vermont??

    Size aside, does this guitar have any rosewood in it?
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    Re: Lighter Case for F4

    The problem with F-4's and F-2's is the shorter neck which won't fit most of the cases out there.

    A Hiscox case -might- work, but wondering what one of those weigh in at?

    If you've got a good...
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