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    Re: What to pay for an old Gibson

    Maximum for a paddlehead with a really nice clean original finish, and original bridge, tailpiece, tuners, pickguard with clamp, and case would be ~$2000 tops. An average price for one in more...
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    Re: Bow in bowl back neck (joint?)

    Yes, those are bar frets, and it looks like Harwood had some sort of technique for serrating the wire that I have not encountered before.
    There is no commercially available fret wire that will work...
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    Re: Help with my MAS!

    Mike, I understand that you live in a place where there aren't many mandolins. But perhaps if you go to the right places, you can hear a few . . .

    Many of your posts have referred to F-5 style...
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    Re: Natural / Blonde Gibson F5s?

    Except for the Gold Rush model, I don't remember Gibson making any natural finish F models in regular production since they stopped making natural F-4's circa 1912.

    Unless something appears that...
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    Re: Bow in bowl back neck (joint?)

    I can't tell for sure from the pics, but it looks like this mandolin may have had bar frets. That might affect the way I would approach this kind of repair.
    What is the width of the fret slots? ...
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    Re: Sitka vs. Red Spruce in mandolins

    Well, we could debate ad infintum about whose opinion is more likely to be accurate, but that won't help advance the topic at hand.

    Market values and trends come and go. Every instrument has its...
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    Re: Very thin fretboard on a bowlback

    Ditto John.
    And if you need to, you can taper the new board a little to adjust the geometry in a manner that will allow you to raise the bridge height.
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    Re: Sitka vs. Red Spruce in mandolins

    They made some, mostly in the later '60's, mostly D-28's.
    Ask George Gruhn about it.

    Anyway, it doesn't matter much. I look at it this way:

    Good wood + good construction = good instrument....
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    Re: Advice on purchasing my next mandolin(s)

    Yes, I played it quite a bit when it lived near me. Bear in mind that this one has a tone that is rather unique for an F-4, quite a bit "fatter" and much slicker than earlier models. An F-4 from...
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    Re: Augustino

    I can confirm that Mr. LoPrinzi built guitars with the "Augustino" brand. I have not encountered any mandolins by him.
    He was still in business as of a few years ago, but has not updated his...
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    Re: Tenor guitar in bluegrass?

    A good C chord for tenor guitar in GDAE tuning [or octave mandolin]: 5-5-3-0. It gives a full triad with the root on the bottom.
    A good A chord: 2-2-4-0. No bar needed. A minor: 2-2-3-0.
    E: ...
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    Re: Sitka vs. Red Spruce in mandolins

    Those of you who know older [not ancient] Martin guitars may know that Martin generally used Sitka spruce in the later 1950's, while many of the later 1960's instruments had red spruce tops.

    I...
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    Re: Tenor guitar in bluegrass?

    Tenor banjo players often use different fingerings and voicings for their chords than mandolin players because of the much longer fret scale.
    Tenor guitars have the same scale lengths as tenor...
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    Re: Advice on purchasing my next mandolin(s)

    This is one of the two jazziest mandolins that I've ever played. It happens to be for sale: www.reverb.com/item/52762666-gibson-f-4-1939-sunburst
    I do not know the current owner and have no...
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    Re: My banjo killer (is not a mandolin)

    Don't be silly. You can't kill a banjo.
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    Re: Hoping to identify my no-name mandolin

    Some later Kay mandolins were made that kind of looked like that, but they might very well have come from the same overseas factory.
    As far as better grade instruments are concerned, Gibson did not...
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    Re: Sitka vs. Red Spruce in mandolins

    Some spruce sounds better than other spruce. The particular piece of wood has as much to do with that as the species.
    In other words, a good piece of Sitka will sound better than a mediocre piece...
  18. Re: Another misidentified Gibson mandola at Guitar Center

    Denis, even if you want the learning experience, I still wouldn't recommend more than $600 or so; but if you're not in business, that might not matter to you.
    I don't think GC accepts offers on used...
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    Re: Remarking fretboard

    Except for the 9th fret marker, the location of guitar markers and mando family instruments is the same: 3, 5, 7, 12, 15. Most guitars have a marker at the 9th fret, while mandolin family...
  21. Re: Another misidentified Gibson mandola at Guitar Center

    You mean you're not going to buy it, Martin??
    Heck, it'll only take about 40 or 50 hours of work to get it looking and playing like a Gibson should, and then you can sell it for $1500. You might be...
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    Re: Jam Etiquette re: Playing Mandolin Chords

    Chopping is a nice effect, which more or less emulates a snare drum. It has its place.
    I find it to be an important element in up-tempo, cut time bluegrass songs.

    I do not feel that chopping...
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    Re: Hoping to identify my no-name mandolin

    Well, if you ever want to move up to a better mandolin without breaking the bank to order one with a wide nut, the old Gibson oval hole mandolins made between 1910 and 1921 average a nut width of 1...
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    Re: Hoping to identify my no-name mandolin

    It's an example of a generic imported mandolin that was available in the late 1970's and early 1980's, probably made in Korea. Some had labels with various names pasted on the peghead, some did not....
  25. Re: Gibson Must Now Face Antitrust Litigation in Heritage Case

    For those who don't know, Chris Martin is retiring. He has stepped down as CEO. For the time being, he is maintaining his position as chairman of the board. How long he will keep doing that is...
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