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    Re: Damage to Loar A5???

    That spot has been there since I've known the mandolin(1966). I believe it came from the case. The A5 does not fit exactly right in an F5 case (which it came with) and rubs right there. ...
  2. Re: 1923 Gibson Mandolin Production Estimate - By Model

    This serial number is so close to '24 that it would be hard to argue whether it's a 23 or 24. The Loar mandolins signed on December 11, 1923 are about 300 numbers earlier
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    Re: A request of builders

    I would like to add this. Outside of a very few high end builders, most builders are not fantastic at everything. Whether it be frets, finish, fit, creating a specific sonic quality, following a...
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    Re: Machining/Routing Celluloid

    Max, I do this all the time. On a router table, with pattern bit, template and carpet tape. The trick is to work the celluloid down close to the pattern you are using via a spindle sander. This...
  5. Thread: 1918 f4

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    Re: 1918 f4

    You may be correct there. I can't see the texture in any photos, but the color is there
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    Re: '17 A-1 Bridge

    An accurate Loar style adjustable bridge will do the following to your mandolin: 1) Provide a better balance of bass and treble, 2) provide a tighter more attackable feel to the strings, for a bit...
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    Hogo and RC are exactly correct. They are at an angle and are usually somewhat corroded and very difficult to remove.

    I believe these were installed at like a 30 degree angle so the nails could...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I meant no harm. I just meant to clarify that it's not some secret handshake society of Shieks

    Oddball stuff needs to be one offs. We do usually have an F4 or F7 although they don't meet the...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    Well, Bill, that's a bit schmaltzy, I run the Loar Fest portion of the Banjothon event. The entire event is not advertised and is by word of mouth for numerous reasons which we will not discuss. It...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I recommend no. It's original to the mandolin. Removal was tried on an unsigned currently for sale. End result is "finish has been messed with"
  11. Thread: 1918 f4

    by Darryl Wolfe
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    1918 f4

    Here are some photos of an F4 I got a few months back. Also included is a rare case I just got from a Café member

    I apologize for the orientation stuff, it's an iPhone. Maybe Scott will be nice...
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    Sticky: Re: Loar Picture of the Day

    I fully believe that Gibson started overspraying all instruments that left the factory at some point around early 1925. I believe this happened in conjunction with the change to a soft lacquer...
  13. Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    This is how the frets are supposed to line up
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    I am pretty cut and dry about Virzi's. I dislike them in F5's and like them in oval hole mandolins. However, there is a real conundrum here. The only reason I like them in an oval hole is because...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    You bring up an oft overlooked fact regarding the sound of certain models. I speak in terms of side height without the top and back. Oval hole A-models are 1-1/2" tall, whereas the F-models...
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    Re: 1940s Gibson A-50

    The FON with the dash serves as the serial number on this. All instruments with the same FON are the same model. All banjos and many instrument of all kinds from the 30's use the FON-xx as the...
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    Re: Pickguard clamp value

    How a guard is stored is the complete answer. In a drawer? No. In a zip lock bag?, it'll last 6 months. Low humidity and moving air is the key

    The worst scenario is storing a guard with other...
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    Re: H5 Mandola Case question

    84251 F5 Mandolin Fern, dot at third fret, stamp no. 9140, serial no. possibly 84257. Bobby Osborne.

    84252 F5 Mandolin Fern, near mint, stamp no. 9140.
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    Re: H5 Mandola Case question

    This is the only original I have ever seen. Thanks for posting. I do think I heard about this case way back
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    Re: Gibson H4 Mandola numbers

    Historically, Gibson made instruments in batches. But some of the real questions were how many. On high volume instruments this was 12-24 at a time. In this case, I'm seeing 4-6 at a time, but...
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    Re: Gibson H4 Mandola numbers

    I did a quick study on mandolinarchive and there are 55 H4's versus 480 something F4's. Since mandolin archive is not a selective study like my F5Journal, I would accept that ratio as very accurate....
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    Re: Sam Bush hospitalized!!!

    I've got Curtis Burch checking with him. Will report back
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    Sticky: Re: Post a Pic from the Past

    Here you go

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    Re: Building Pickguards

    I am still at it. Here are some recent photos. Yes, I am resurrecting some old threads

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    Re: Gibson F5 Identification Help

    Actually, the body is pretty nice and appears to be a '50's F-12. I'm seeing typical birdseye and a mahogany neck of an F-12 The neck work is not too good with respect to the proper curves and...
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