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  1. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    The left with the mid 20's A model Gibson is Zeke Morris from Black Mountain, NC. On the right with the 30's Martin 2-15 is Bill Calhoun who also sang the tenor and played a tenor guitar. Charlie...
  2. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Yes, I noticed Mike Seeger's mid 50's Gibson F5. Shown in part 5, in part 6 you get to hear it. My take on the 8 part series (1:50 mins each so not quite 2 hours, but the DVD set will have extra...
  3. Re: How do you test the qualities you're looking for in a Mandoli

    The true test is when you pick it in a band. That's when you know it will do what you need it to do. Sitting down by yourself won't get it. Having someone else play it in front you helps, but not...
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    Re: Curly Seckler and the mandolin? What gives?

    Curly's prewar F2 suffered like many of a prewar that got shipped back to the factory for repairs after the war and got new parts on it! I'd say in his case the neck was busted and it got a new...
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    Re: Valuing a Gibson by Dr Lori

    She needs to have her appraiser certification revoked and needs to go back to selling used cars.
  6. Re: F5's from $3000-5000 worth considering - Sept '19

    you really narrow the field with varnish only. Go lacquer and you got more choices. Used Gibsons in the $5K are out there. And don't overlook the F5G, all the sound with decent bling. At 5K and...
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    Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    Makes that original '23 headstock overlay look like a steal at $37K.
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    Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    With Monroe having had the F5 sent back for so many replacement fingerboards, I would say he let them know up front don't put them ugly as block inlays in mine cause that ain't no part of nothin' on...
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    Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    New information about the famous "botched" Gibson repairs was found in the new Tom Ewing book on Monroe released last Sept. It seems this shipping ledger from Joe Spann is for a previous repair...
  10. Re: A-5 Jethro two-point.. what can you tell me about this?

    Everything looks right for the 1969 A-5 Florentine model. Looks all original . The label does seem odd and it could be a homemade of the original that fell out. I've seen some of these 60's Gibson...
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    Re: Original cost of a Lloyd Loar F5

    The $250 price was for the F5 mandolin only. If you wanted a case for it (and who in their right mind would not want a case?) that was another $25. It was a special rectangle case just for the F5 as...
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    Re: Gibson mandolin hope to find info

    I get 1961. Seems catalog specs for the 52 to 62 A40N models. looks all original to me.
  13. Thread: Bill Monroe

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    Re: Bill Monroe

    All the stories that need to be told and details of stories that shouldn't be told are in the new Monroe book by Tom Ewing. Over 600 pages with a few photos. It's worth a read for any Monroe fan. ...
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    Re: Thanks To Lowe Vintage

    Indeed the premier vintage store in North Carolina. I go by when in the area and always plan a lunch at the famous Zack's Hot Dogs right behind them. They've got the goods here and great...
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    Re: 1963 Gibson f5 custom mandolin

    well a '63 is one of those "iffy" years. Could be okay, might not be so good. But as others say, you can get them "made over" and set up to be fine mandolins. I will say this, that Bill Monroe...
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    Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    okay, got it but that makes Sonny's story a bit "off" on the dates. You would think he did the self destruction to the F5 as soon as he got it back and not many months later. Or Sonny was not with...
  17. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Funny you would post of photo of a Gibson Flying V. A 1958 Flying V just sold a few weeks ago for $395,000. About all I can say about Gibson and their mandolins is they are indeed making some of...
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    Re: Gibson Shipping Ledger - November 29, 1951

    Interesting indeed. So if they logged it in Nov. 29, 1951 and Sonny remembers him getting it back that would be at the earliest July, 1952 this would mean they kept for 8 months, possibly 9 months....
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    Re: Need help Identifying

    typical 1960 to 1961 F5. Tuners replaced. The case shouldn't be original as the orange interior didn't show up until 1964
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    Re: Gibson a50 advice

    looks to be late 40's to early 50's. Pickguard has been cut for some reason. yeah, $1000 to $1300 range.
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    Re: 1977 Gibson F-5 Questions

    Okay, I just checked my 70's archives (you won't find that on mandolincafe) and found another C. S. 's signature on one dated 2/8/77 with serial no. 000-274. The tuners have been replaced,...
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    Re: Satan is Real movie

    I hope they go with the way Ira saw it. He's the one who knew Satan was real! Charlie had to put up with Ira. As for their music, if you are a fan (and mandolin picker should be) then the Bear...
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    Re: 1977 Gibson F-5 Questions

    that numbers dates it to 1973. Odd the label says '77 and F5L. Something not right here.
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    Re: Gibson F5 Identification Help

    If Darryl is right and that is a Gibson FON it would date it to 1950.
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    Re: Jethro Burns A 5 mandolin serial number

    I bet Sam Bush knows it.
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