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    Re: Found this old mando in a bookstore

    Looks nice! Especially for the price paid. Enjoy!
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    Re: Dremel attachments

    I've got two dremels and all the various bits, but I keep one with the small wire brush wheel installed and another with the small sanding drum installed. Both of these hang from the end of the...
  3. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Long before the Japanese copies of American guitars and mandolins, other countries, such as Russia, made near exact clones of many items such as Leica cameras, without regard or consideration for...
  4. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Not an exact copy, but I always thought the peghead on the Takamine Garth Brooks guitars was at least inspired by the 20's Gibson snakehead shape.......
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    Re: Summer NAMM 2019 Report

    Great report! Thanks, Scott!
  6. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I believe, those colorful "strats" are Kramers, a company Gibson has owned since the late 90's....
  7. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Looks like gospel music pays better than I thought..........Les Pauls, SGs. etc........
  8. Re: Franken-F2 on CL, but nice price! In Reading, PA!

    Remember there is no profit unless it sells. At this point the new owner is out $1400, regardless of motive.

    I agree there are a lot of underhanded sellers who play upon the buyer knowing less...
  9. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    The guys in Lynyrd Skynyrd all wore beaver felt hats, so you're saying Nash the Slash......

    (I might add, the Cafe has provided Nash the Slash with more press than he probably got during his...
  10. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Doubtful that Slash ever heard of Nash the Slash........

    although, yes, I do like the contrarian viewpoint......
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    Actually, if it says "Gibson" on the peghead, probably not......

    Two thoughts....

    Slash played his "boutique" handmade 59 Les Paul for most of his early career.....could be thought of as a...
  12. Re: Franken-F2 on CL, but nice price! In Reading, PA!

    My experience is that even vintage guitar dealers with a lot of "guitar" experience don't necessarily know much about mandolins, unless they are a player. The get sold in a vintage guitar shop along...
  13. Thread: ToneRite

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    Re: ToneRite

    I would like to add, these "gadgets" are all part of the hobby and make it more fun for certain people. Some people buy songbooks, some people love trying different picks, some people search for the...
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    Re: Gruhn's and/ Carter's?

    Go to both. Both are great stores. Instruments are instruments -- it doesn't matter who is selling them. I say check out the Nashville pawn shops and Craigslist, too. Lotsa instruments in...
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    Re: ebay Eastman violin, place your bets

    Good luck, Greg! I hope it is the good one!
  16. Re: PayPal fraud in prograess (have you smelled this one before)?

    Three thoughts....

    The term "courier" is not used by legitimate buyers.......(red flag similar to "inheritance from Nigerian Prince")

    If you send the item to other than a Paypal confirmed...
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    Re: Wow, what a flip!

    Yep, first rule of vintage instruments: Don't mess with original finish.
    Second rule of vintage instruments: Don't mess with original finish.
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    Re: Anyone Recognize This Signature?

    Yep, Marty Stuart it is!
  19. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    For those old enough to remember..........

    (actually, I feel like I should include that before most of my posts.....)

    Anyway, there was a brief controversy in 1968 when the "then new" Opel GT...
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    Re: Banjolin Identification and Help

    I don't think it looks that rough.....I've seen much worse, especially on a cheaper laminated instrument where the cut would be hidden by some kind of pot/flange. Certainly could be original, IMHO.
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    Re: Hardwood tops

    I've never made one, but birch was widely used for inexpensive guitar tops. Harmony brand, for example.
  22. Thread: 1970's F5'S

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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    This era has been discussed on this forum often with no firm conclusions. SURELY, someone is still alive who worked at Gibson who remembers what is up..........? Seems to me that Japan-made...
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    Re: eBay sales tax

    FWIW, I recently bought some strings on eBay from Musician's Friend. I really didn't care who the seller was, I just sorted by the best price with free shipping and clicked. Even though the seller...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    I think the idea of owning more than one instrument at a time or collecting is a relatively new concept. I say that having interviewed many older musicians and asking about what they played at such...
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    Re: Banjolin Identification and Help

    I have no idea who made it or where it was made. There is probably zero chance of restoring it with the correct parts, unless you find another identical donor instrument, but if it were mine and I...
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