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  1. Thread: 1970's F5'S

    by Rickker
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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    Thanks Jim for your reply. I guess it's a good thing that I happened to get the one I have, which is quite a story in itself. Also thanks for the kind words about the instrument and my playing. I...
  2. Thread: 1970's F5'S

    by Rickker
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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    For what it's worth, I own a 1969 Gibson F5, serial # 814400. I purchased it in 1974 from the original owner. Shortly after purchasing it, I wrote the Gibson company and found it was indeed...
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    My first influence was Dean Webb of the Dillards. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned him on this thread. The Dillards were playing fast hard-driving bluegrass back in the sixties, which was a...
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    Re: Which Hofner mandolin?

    "I tried to post a picture but the procedure to do so did not work for me."

    Hey Mando Abe, I have also struggled to post pics. I reckon there are others as well. I will try to document the...
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    Re: Which Hofner mandolin?

    I have a Hofner 545. On the back of the headstock the Hofner name is displayed, per the attached photo. Would seem logical that Hofner would have shown this on all the instruments they made. So...
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    Re: Short Neck Mandolin

    Well, I just read a thread elsewhere on this Forum that violins have a 13 inch scale length, so this is likely the reason. Early or older mandolins were likely following violin practice.
    ....Rickker
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    Re: Short Neck Mandolin

    I have also recently acquired a short neck mandolin. It is a Hofner 545, made in the 1960s. The scale length is 13", a full inch shorter than my Gibson F5. In addition to the shorter neck, it has...
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    Re: Höfner 545 questions

    Thanks, Allen. I did check out the website and did accept the cookies. Lots of information about all kinds of guitars, bases, violins that were being produced and sold at the time. No mention...
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    Re: Höfner 545 questions

    Thanks, Stefan, yes only a 13" scale length, a full inch less than my 1969 Gibson F5. I don't mind the lack of Bluegrass punch as I will primarily be just plunking away on my own rather than in a...
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    Höfner 545 questions

    Here are some photos of this Höfner 545 mandolin that I have recently acquired. I have read previous posts on the MC about this instrument, so I know it was likely manufactured in the 1960s. Here...
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    Re: 10 Tunes in 9 Keys by David Grisman

    Yes, great stuff and invaluable to those of us who aren’t good at learning tunes and breaks by ear.
    ....Rickker
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    Re: 10 Tunes in 9 Keys by David Grisman

    Thanks for the PM and attached file, Chris. Worked great, went into my Dropbox. Now working on the tune. Much appreciated.
    ....Rick
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    10 Tunes in 9 Keys by David Grisman

    This was a little tabulature booklet that David put out in the 1970s around the time he started the "Mandolin World News" publications. I expect I am not the only one here who is old enough to...
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    Re: Question about "Bad" Gibson F5's

    Hey mandolin breeze, are you sure it was made in 1969? Is the serial number anywhere close to mine, 814400?
    There were only 40 F5s built in the Kalamazoo plant in 1969. And I’m pretty sure all of...
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    Re: Question about "Bad" Gibson F5's

    Well, that big headstock is sure noticeable in that photo!
    ....Rickker ��
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    Re: Question about "Bad" Gibson F5's

    Wow! I see what Bernie meant. Never realized that there had been such a difference. Now, at the risk of going further off topic, was this change related to neck and nut width? I recall reading...
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    Re: Question about "Bad" Gibson F5's

    I know this is getting off-topic, but I am not aware or familiar with the large or “fat” headstock that Bernie referred to earlier in this thread. Never thought mine was any different than the...
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    Re: Question about "Bad" Gibson F5's

    Thanks Bernie and Jim for helping me get that video up. It didn't seem to be there after I posted it, but it is now.
    Anyway, that's what a 1969 Gibson F5 sounds like.
    .....Rickker
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    Re: Question about "Bad" Gibson F5's

    Changed the YouTube setting to "unlisted" and trying again....


    https://youtu.be/-W58ieJuHuk

    Don't think that worked either. I can see and hear the video on YouTube, but nothing seems to...
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    Re: Question about "Bad" Gibson F5's

    Well, that didn't work. Turns out I set up the YouTube account as private, so nothing happened. Now trying to figure out if I can share it with the Mandolin Cafe but not the rest of the world?
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    Re: Question about "Bad" Gibson F5's

    Thanks Bernie and Jim. Turns out I more or less already had a YouTube account, given that the latter is owned by Google. Will now try to get the video on to this thread. A lot of this stuff is new...
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    Re: Question about "Bad" Gibson F5's

    Well, I don't have a You Tube site and am hesitant to get one. Is there another way?
    ....Rickker
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    Re: Question about "Bad" Gibson F5's

    Further to my previous post, I have a video clip of me playing this instrument, but was unable to attach it to the message. It is a .wmv file, about 7.7MB. Message comes back as an invalid file. ...
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    Re: Question about "Bad" Gibson F5's

    Well, although this thread goes way back, I just now stumbled onto it. I check out the MC a couple of times a week but very seldom post something or respond to something. However, since I have...
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    Playing up the neck

    This is Beethoven's Sonatine in C Major, but transposed up the neck I omitted the music notation since the purpose was to show the fingering in the tabulature. The purpose for doing this was...
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