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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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Re: Gibson A2 Pickguard Patent Number Question

    Edits below.
  14. Re: threaded rod size on teens Gibson pickguard mounts?

    5-40 fasteners are a standard UNC size and are readily available from several sources. McMaster Carr stocks threaded rods as well as headed fasteners in many lengths and material types. The rods and...
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    Re: banjo-mandolin with oak leaf

    Ranald, A very enjoyable performance!
    She is playing a different instrument in this video, notice the white tuner buttons.
    I can make out something on the peghead too, maybe the oak leaf inlay...
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    Re: banjo-mandolin with oak leaf

    Ranald, this is an interesting puzzle but we are mostly flying blind!
    If you are in touch with Minnie ask her for a set of photos.
    I agree, this is most certainly not a Vega. I have one of each...
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    Re: Information on Vega "Little Wonder"

    It is fairly common for today’s mandolin banjo player to install only four strings on their eight string instrument because the four string variety are so very hard to find. The results are about the...
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    Re: Information on Vega "Little Wonder"

    According to this table published on Banjohangout.org your Vega serial number dates to 1919. I’m sorry I no longer know the author as the link I saved does not seem to be valid. Maybe someone can...
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    Re: Information on Vega "Little Wonder"

    Vega made five levels of Mandolin Banjos, as pointed out above your Little Wonder was the second level and the first with a metal tonering. Here they are are in ascending order. Each of these styles...
  20. Look for Old Time jams in St Petersburg FL

    Musical Buddies,

    I’ll be in St Petersburg for ten days around Christmas and am looking for open Old-Time or RagTime jams in the area.

    Thanks for any leads!
    Mark
    Mandolin
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    Re: F4 truss rod cover

    Ritchie Dotson at Acoustic Box lists Gibson mandolin truss rod covers on his website along with dimensions.

    https://acousticbox.com/gibsontrussrodcovers/

    Currently he has some available on eBay...
  22. Re: TGG 10 - John Lawlor Variations on: Take Me Out to the Ball G

    John does a fine rendition and great variations of the chorus.

    Have any of you heard the full song including the verses?

    For your enjoyment here is Edward Meeker’s recording done for Edison on...
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    Re: Banjolin Identification and Help

    Danilee, may I suggest that you post an ad on this banjo centric website? They have an active classified section and you never know what parts might turn up. To aid the search it would be helpful to...
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    Re: Banjolin Identification and Help

    Here are some photos of the Schmick banjo that support my theory that the OP’s banjo was built along these lines. Note the removable banjo pot assembly with tension hoop and also the presence on the...
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    Re: Banjolin Identification and Help

    Mike, you are exactly correct! My posting was not meant to identify the OP’s mandolin banjo but only to point out that it shares design features with the Schmick model. As a moderator I’m sure you’ll...
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