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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    Looks like someone grabbed it up.
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    What we know:

    The Mandolin Store has 3 new Gibson mandolins in stock, and one that is used.
    Morgan Music is listing a new F-5G in stock.
    Guitar Center/Musicians' Friend is listing several models...
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    Re: 1920's Gibson Tenor Banjo info

    On mine, there is one screw through the resonator disc near the perimeter; plus a hook that wraps around the coordinator rod, comes through the resonator near the hinge, and is secured on the outside...
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    Re: 1920's Gibson Tenor Banjo info

    A trap door could indeed have been installed with 3 screws in those places.

    A replica can be made with the following materials:
    An 11" x 14" mahogany board, 3/16" thick
    1 piece of ivoroid...
  5. Thread: 1902 or 1905

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    Re: 1902 or 1905

    Early Gibsons were finished with varnish. They probably used more than one type.
    Spann's Guide to Gibson places 4716 in the year 1905, which is a very early Gibson indeed.
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    Re: 1920's Gibson Tenor Banjo info

    1. According to Spann's Guide to Gibson, your banjo was made in early 1925.

    2. Gibson experimented with resonators during this period, and used at least 2 types-- the trap door and the...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    Keep practicing. Try it both with and without a wash coat.

    The reason some of us use a wash coat is to avoid uneven color absorption, but it changes the rest of the process and slows it down. ...
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    Re: How to make the crack disappear ?

    The only cracks that I've been able to completely hide were on rosewood or mahogany that had been finished with nitro or French polished shellac, and that takes a lot of luck and patience.

    An...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    Two prolific luthiers:

    1. Antonio Stradivari. Surviving examples: at least 602 instruments. Estimated total production: 1116 instruments.
    These numbers do not include instruments with a...
  10. Re: Your thoughts on Ellis A4s and other modern, upper tier ovals

    I have measured many pre-war Gibson fingerboards. In short, all of them are at least a little bit off, sometimes within reasonable tolerances, sometimes not.
    It seems that the fret placement gets...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    Denatured alcohol can cause problems with aniline dyes, shellac, and nitrocellulose lacquer. These materials and violin-makers' oil varnish are the only things that I use. I have had problems with...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    Yes, the shellac goes on the bare wood. Only a very thin coat. You can rub it in with a lint-free piece of cloth. Thin the shellac at least 30% with Golden Grain or Everclear booze. Don't drink...
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    Re: Sunburst practice/test - What happened here?

    Next time, try sanding with 220 followed by 320. You can never sand enough. Clean up with a tack cloth. Follow that with a wash coat of thin shellac. Let dry for at least 48 hours. Follow with...
  14. Re: Vintage Gibson---Anything Other Than Ebony for a Teen's Gibso

    Yes, they occasionally used rosewood. It can be considered to be rare. I only recall seeing it on low model A's.
    I've also seen striped ebony used.
    Original Gibson bridges usually have a patent...
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    Re: F2/F4 style mandolins?

    I'm going to suggest that you put away a bit more money, and then make a weekend trip to Nashville. There are plenty of old Gibson F-4's up there, ranging in price from $4500 to $7500 [the imaginary...
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    Re: Looking for F-4 string recommendation

    I make up my own sets: 10 1/2-14-24-40. Sometimes I use nickel for the wound strings, sometimes bronze.
  17. Re: needing help with using leather dyes on a finish. and help?

    French polishing is a skill that has to be developed, but once you get the hang of it, it is really a pretty friendly way to finish an instrument.
    The biggest difficulties are learning when to stop...
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    Re: Removing LR Baggs Radius and Reinstalling

    I am not familiar with the VHB adhesive, but have found that mineral spirits and patience removes most adhesives.

    Put some on the adhesive, let it soak a couple of minutes, and rub it in with your...
  19. Re: Anyone tried a Virzi Tone Producer on an oval-holed mandocell

    Opening the back on an Eastman will be much more difficult than opening an old A-50.

    The glues and finishes used to assemble Eastmans and old Gibsons are very different, and the Eastman synthetic...
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    Re: Why so many glossy finish mandos?

    Spirit varnish tends to be glossier than oil varnish over the long term. French polished shellac mellows out nicely, but it takes time, and it is rather delicate compared to modern sprayed finishes....
  21. Re: Anyone tried a Virzi Tone Producer on an oval-holed mandocell

    Unless I am mistaken, a Virzi that would be suitable for a mandocello would be rather large and might not fit through the sound hole.

    Opening the back on an old instrument is difficult. Opening...
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    Re: Why so many glossy finish mandos?

    Well, I like the look of violin-maker's oil varnish, which eventually cures to a warm satin or a low gloss. But you will never see it used in mass production, because it takes many weeks to apply...
  23. Thread: New acquisition

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    Re: New acquisition

    Check the number again. 12326 does not fit any Gibson numbering series for the period.

    Spann does list a batch of A-3's with the number 11326 in the year of 1920.
  24. Re: Can anyone out there help me identify a 1930s Gibson Mandolin

    Your mandolin is either an f-hole model A-1, or an A-00.
    A-00's appear with arched backs starting in 1936. And, A-00's and A-1's were both built with f-holes starting in 1934. My reference is...
  25. Thread: New acquisition

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    Re: New acquisition

    This is an A-3, most likely built between 1918 and 1921. The instrument has had significant finish work, but it is hard to judge the specifics without clearer pictures.

    From what I can see, I...
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