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  1. Re: Restoring a 1930's National resophonic mando

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  2. Re: Restoring a 1930's National resophonic mando

    Mike, thanks for the link to the National decals.

    Here are some shots of the decal and fretboard binding on my Style 1 mandolin, serial 387.

    188793
    188794

    Mark
  3. Re: Restoring a 1930's National resophonic mando

    Check with Marc Schoenberger's National Guitar Repair, he may be able to help.

    http://www.nationalguitarrepair.com/index.shtml

    Which Style mandolin do you have?

    Best Regards,
    Mark
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    Re: This Gibson legit?

    In answer to the Chris’ question, it is a legitimate Gibson.
    Here is a snippet from the 2002 Gibson price list, the M-6 was available in blue and three other colors. It proved to be an unpopular...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo Trapdoor

    Steve, I’m glad you are making progress with your project! Here are some pages from the 1923 Gibson Handbook with instructions for mounting a skin head. Notice the recommendation about having some...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo Trapdoor

    Interesting! The 1920 Gibson Banjo catalog that Jim found and Steve posting in #13 above shows a five lobe tailpiece cover on the MB-1 and a three lobe cover on the others. It is altogether possible...
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    Re: F2 Serial number ,... what year ?

    Len, that is very interesting, I guess it proves the old adage about Gibson being unpredictable! Many of the other F2’s in the Archive have the omitted binding It seems the omitted binding may have...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo Trapdoor

    Steve, thanks for the photo and the dimensions. It appears that your Gibson does not use the common Waverly type Cloud tailpiece cover, your base is much narrower.
    Attached is a photo of the...
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    Re: F2 Serial number ,... what year ?

    Nice looking F2, Audio! Len is right, if you send the number stamped inside, the factory order number or FON, we can look it up in Joe Spann’s excellent Gibson book to determine the production year....
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo Trapdoor

    Jim and Steve, thanks for locating and posting the earlier banjo catalog! It does look like the basic MB-1 uses a “Cloud” style tailpiece cover, not the fancier nickel silver cover used on the higher...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo Trapdoor

    Here are some pages from the 1923 Gibson catalog picturing the MB-3 and MB-4 thanks to our friends at Guitar Compare. The tailpiece cover is that same shape as the photo I posted earlier but it isn’t...
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Banjo Trapdoor

    Congrats on your MB Steve.

    The Waverly “Cloud” tailpiece as used on Vega, Martin and many other instruments is similar but is not what would usually be found on a 1922 Gibson.
    The Gibson cover...
  13. Re: Do any companies make bowlback mandolins and banjolins anymor

    Maybe we can help with your quest for a mandolin-banjo. Can you explain why travel and playing outside would mean excluding an older instrument? There were many good mandolin-banjos made in the...
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    Chris, before you install new strings please check to see if the transverse top brace is secure, you can see it just below the soundhole. I would say that on 30% of the collection the brace was loose...
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    Mike, I agree with you and in looking at the inlay again it is very unlikely that the inlay was salvaged from the original A4 neck. It was probably made by the luthier or hobbiest that replaced the...
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    Boys, I think we are getting closer on this one. This has been a fun exercise.

    Chris, can you remove the truss rod cover and confirm that indeed it has an adjustable truss rod?

    If so, here is...
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    Chris, thanks for the FON and additional photos. According to Joe Spann’s Gibson book the FON relates to 1918 as you indicate.

    I checked my Gibson collection and found that I have a 1918 A4 from...
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    Re: Old Gibson sliding tailpiece cover

    There are nickel plated versions as you indicate but they are in the minority. They are easy to spot because the plating looks much different than the solid nickel silver variety. The OP’s is nickel...
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    Re: 1901 Gibson?

    Right, the sound hole rosette would peg this as an A4 model. It has been refinished and likely modified. The fleur de lis inlay in the headstock is strange.

    Some additional photos along this the...
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    Re: Old Gibson sliding tailpiece cover

    The #283 is what we call the “Cloud” cover now. It was used on the D (Alrite), DY (Army Navy Special), the A-Jr and the others indicate in the listing.
    Indeed the #283 is nickel plated brass.
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    Re: Old Gibson sliding tailpiece cover

    As others have said, you have a common but desirable #280 nickel silver Gibson tailpiece cover. It was used on many models with the exception of the F5. Attached is the where used list.

    As for...
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    Re: "Fretboard Success" with Magnus

    Hi John, I enrolled straight away, it is a worthwhile program. What did you think of today’s lesson on Chords and Inversions?

    For those of you not in the class, this is a six week program. The...
  23. Re: Good mandolin choice for woman with small hands

    Most mandolins are built with the standard Gibson 13-7/8” scale fretboard. One nice exception would be the basic Martin A Model which has a 13” scale. This model was discontinued a long while ago but...
  24. Re: Help with type of Mandolin for string orchestra

    Hi Marie,

    The Gibson company promoted their carved mandolins heavily for mandolin orchestra use in the early part of the 20th century. There are thousands of those instruments still in circulation...
  25. Re: Gibson A2 Pickguard Patent Number Question

    The patent date in question, March 30, 1909 relates to US patent number 916906 and was issued to Lewis A. Williams, curiously it was not assigned to the Gibson Mandolin Guitar Company so perhaps...
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