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    Re: 1909 A4 Gibson Factory Revamped

    To answer Mick's question about the neck profile, the replacement is probably more slender than an original. Gibson necks from around 1910 tend to be rather hefty, although they vary. In the mid...
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    I'll bet that the baking process causes the resins in the wood to boil out towards the surface and clogs the pores, causing multiple problems.
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    Re: Pre NAMM discussion

    I started to post a couple of Gibson speculations last night, then changed my mind. But since others have opened the door . . .

    Zakk Wylde Explorer Limited Edition mandolin, and Green Splatter...
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    Re: 1909 A4 Gibson Factory Revamped

    Or lacquer overspray and/or heavy buffing, and Gibson has been known to do that. More than once.
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    Re: Pre NAMM discussion

    Limited edition solid body electric mandolin alert.
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    Re: torrified wood woes

    My personal belief is that, yes, if you bake a piece of wood, it will tend to become more brittle.

    I also believe that it is safe to assume that there are good reasons that air dried wood has...
  7. Thread: Octofone

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    Octofone

    For anyone interested in one of these odd beasts, Retrofret in Brooklyn has just listed one, a bit worn, but playable. NFI.

    These make interesting octave mandolins. It's better to string them...
  8. Thread: Bracing f5's

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    Re: Bracing f5's

    "Who started x-bracing?"

    The earliest mandolin I have seen with X bracing was a May Bell from the '30's. It was an f-hole A model.
    I have seen X bracing in Gibson L-7 archtop guitars from the...
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    Re: 1967 Gibson F-5 Custom

    Better mandolins in the same price range are available from other makers.
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    Re: Damaged Martin 2-20 ( I think)

    Yes. Martin made carved top oval hole mandolins in styles 15 and 20. The ones I have played were pretty good instruments.
    The 20's come up for sale fairly often. Bernunzio has a couple of them...
  11. Re: American flat top/back mandolin - for Italian style playing

    I have measured a L & H style C bridge. It is approximately 5/8" high at the center of the bridge. This particular instrument has the longer 13 3/4" scale that is seen on some of these instruments....
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    Re: Damaged Martin 2-20 ( I think)

    Looks to me like a candidate for a new top. Any problems with the blocks can be addressed in the process of replacing the top.

    It might be possible to patch it back together, but . . . by the...
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    Re: 1967 Gibson F-5 Custom

    Also, be aware that Gibson often added the word "Custom" to standard models during the 1970's, and also re-used serial numbers.
    And '70's models are worth quite a bit less.
    A quick way to tell the...
  14. Thread: Saddle Fail

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    Re: Saddle Fail

    Saddles sometimes crack. It doesn't matter whether they are rosewood or ebony, newer or older, cheap or expensive. They crack because there's around 200 lbs. of string tension on a bridge saddle. ...
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    Re: Quick Gibson A set up question

    Can you determine why the action is high?

    If the neck is straight, then the action can be lowered by having the top of the bridge shaved down. A $25 job for a competent repairman.
    If the neck is...
  16. Re: Vega cylinders -- strings for mando, dola, cello?

    Keep 'em light. The tops on these instruments are lightly built. A lot of them have been ruined by over-stringing.

    I wouldn't go any heavier than 10-14-24-38 for a mandolin, and 12-20-32-46 for...
  17. Re: American flat top/back mandolin - for Italian style playing

    As far as the long scale Lyon and Healy mandolins are concerned, they don't sound any different than the short scale ones.
    When they shortened the scale length, they also shortened the neck slightly...
  18. Re: American flat top/back mandolin - for Italian style playing

    If I understand you correctly, this sounds like a technique problem rather than a problem with the mandolin. If you pick a string while you touch it with your fretting hand, but you are not pulling...
  19. Re: American flat top/back mandolin - for Italian style playing

    The best flat backs that I have encountered were made by Larson, Vega, and some of the rosewood Martins. I would consider them to be more responsive and more refined than Big Muddy, Flatiron, or...
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    Re: Is This A Larson?

    Is the mandolin worth $650 or best offer? Depends on your point of view and whether or not the instrument is structurally sound and playable.

    Does it have some Larson characteristics? Only a...
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    Re: Detailed plans for a dovetail neck joint jig

    The Larson brothers cut their dovetails with hand tools, at least into the early 1920's, and perhaps much later.
  22. Thread: Re fret prices?

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    Re: Re fret prices?

    Roughly $200 to $400 depending on the part of the country and the experience and attitude of the repairman.
    An additional charge is common for EVO or stainless steel frets.
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    Re: Trip to Nashville

    Cotten Music re-located several years ago. Their current address is 434 Houston Street. They recently acquired some new partners and have re-named the company "The North American Guitar,...
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    Re: inlay replacement problem

    First thing I would try would be a little heat directly over the inlay. It may soften the glue enough to pick it out with a chisel. A drop of alcohol might help after you've removed the heat. But...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy Style C

    PM sent.
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