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    George Gruhn with his favorite guitar

    This is a great video- George describes his personal Loar L5, and talks about what makes it special to him


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoM1EC7I3w0

    I don't have any pictures yet, though it...
  2. Re: Gibson opposes Collings' headstock trademark registration, ci

    This is not a company that is interested in making anything, this is simply a soulless corporate husk trading on a purchased name.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd7ySopIwog

    Owning a...
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    Re: Gibson F4...1924....1925...??

    Controversial I think, but I'm using a hybrid of Joe's dates and some of the loar labels, receipts etc for my archive dates. 81xxx may well have left kalamazoo in the late 20s, though the indications...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    Yes, definitely down from the peak days. There was a period where the market was quite flooded with Loars for sale. Prices have definitely crept downwards even further, and I'd bet a fair bit that...
  5. Re: The dreaded black A2Z question. With a possible answer...

    It's a beauty, and I bet it sounds great.

    I haven't seen another with orange finish under black, so I scanned through the archive.. at least I can tell you that I don't have another one showing...
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    Re: 3 Point F-4 Torch and Wire

    Hey Vernon.. that's one of only 2 I've seen like it. What happened there to my eyes is a refinish job at Gibson around 1915-1924 or so, as that would be a time that such a color and such a case could...
  7. Thread: Out of my league

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    Re: Out of my league

    About 15 years ago (my my), I wrote this story about the experience of having time on a Loar:

    Loar Diary

    Have a look-see! As to what remains from that experience 15 years later..

    I...
  8. Re: Long shot - any tenor guitar owners on the forum in Bucks, UK

    I've got one not far from Harlow Town
  9. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    Which bit of the Fens Gary? We're not far off Aylsham
  10. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    In Honor of Mr Bill Monroe's 73987 (celebrating it's 96th birthday today!), I think this is an image worth sharing.

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    This scratched logo should remind us all something very important...
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    Re: 10 Questions for Dan Beimborn

    Hello Rush- I'd still go 1922 (ship date) for 70050. The FON looks like you could be right in the middle of Ajrs with similar serials.. here's a sampling (note lots of incomplete data!)
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    New detail on early Style O neck block

    "The Gibson" over the order stamp- this is the first one of these I have seen

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  13. Re: Mandolin Mondays #172 w/ Special Guest Jack Pearson

    :redface:
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    Re: A little F-4 information

    13100 is also interesting for using the earlier scroll carving style (C-shape instead of S)

    There are a few more scattered that come after 11694 too.. some quite interesting ones to see in there!
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    Re: A little F-4 information

    inline correction
  16. Thread: Gibson?

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    Re: Gibson?

    Good advice right here.

    The truss rod and adjustible saddles both let you fine-tune the set-up a bit more. I make little adjustments to mine when I travel, seasonal changes etc.

    Most...
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    Re: 1907 Gibson F 2 in SF Bay Area Craig's List

    looks close to Larry Ellison's place.. or maybe Neil Young's :)
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    Re: 1907 Gibson F 2 in SF Bay Area Craig's List

    I'd say go scoop up unless there is serious damage not shown in pictures. That's like 40% below what they normally go for
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    Re: 1909 Gibson F2. Worth it?

    They aren't too rare, I bet if you check

    Elderly
    Gryphon
    Carter vintage
    vintage mandolin
    Mandolin Central
    Gruhn
    Intermountain Guitar and Banjo
    vintageinstruments.com
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    Re: 1909 Gibson F2. Worth it?

    The price is high compared to market that I've seen.. these can change hands around $3k-3500. Crack under scroll very common on these. The back appears to be maple or unusually figured birch. In my...
  21. Thread: 1923 F4 Blackface

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    Re: 1923 F4 Blackface

    does seem possible indeed :)

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    Re: Gibson Teens Serial Numbers

    I've never seen a black top A2z or A2- label
  23. Re: Gibson Inc. Gibson Brings Out New Tenor-Lute, 1924

    It almost seems like they've confused the Gibson mandola-body instrument with a Paramount Tenor Harp (which is *really* a wooden top tenor banjo!)

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  24. Thread: Alec Finn RIP

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    Re: Alec Finn RIP

    I'm thankful to have had the chance to get to know Alec briefly on a few occasions. He was an inspiring musician and a gentle soul. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and to everyone who was...
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    Re: The only red burst Loar-signed F?

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/76787
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