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    Re: Question about a Flatiron A model oval hole

    This very same mandolin is also advertised at the Guitar Center Cedar Hill TX [Dallas area] store, as well as at Sam Ash, Dallas. Google "flatiron mandolin guitar center." Someone else will have to...
  2. Re: what size flathead screw for a 1920 F2 pickguard clamp

    That is a "round head wood screw" with a "slotted head." I believe the size is #3 x 3/16".

    The old Gibson screws were nickel plated. An exact replacement might be hard to find; nickel plated...
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    Re: Kay Mandolin A style F holes Mand-8

    I didn't say it was. Doesn't make any difference anyway.

    I don't know why I bother contributing. Seems like everything is turning into a contest here.
    I've got better things to do. Bye.
  4. Thread: Woodstock

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    Re: Woodstock

    Well, you just jogged a memory. On the way out of Watkins Glen, there were perhaps 100,000 cars on the road and they weren't moving. So I started walking. After I'd made a few miles, some locals...
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    Re: Kay Mandolin A style F holes Mand-8

    Most Kay teardrop mandolins have a very low market value, maybe around +/- $100. Yours is a little fancier than most, but I don't think it would have a major effect on the value.

    The tuners...
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    Re: Woodstock

    I wasn't at Woodstock-- I was too young and was on the other coast at the time.

    I was at Watkins Glen, though, but I don't remember much. It is probable that most of the other folks who were...
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    Re: Modern pickguard for a teens Gibson A?

    I believe it could be done with the later 'teens style mounting system, which used a threaded metal rod screwed into a mounting block on the underside of the pickguard. A thumbnail size block holds...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    I guess your guy must live on beans and rice. He's making an hourly wage that is less than that of a carpenter's helper around here. In some places it would be close to minimum wage.

    The average...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    I've been charging $300 + set-up costs for a full refret for 15 years. For a partial refret, I charge $18-$20 per fret plus any necessary set-up cost. I strive for precision work when I re-fret an...
  10. Thread: Out of my league

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    Re: Out of my league

    I've known quite a few folks who would buy an $80,000 car every two or three years, but wouldn't cough up $2500 for a good mandolin or guitar.
  11. Thread: Old Gibson

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    Re: Old Gibson

    Spann's Guide to Gibson assigns that number to a batch of A-4's made in 1921.
  12. Thread: Old Gibson

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    Re: Old Gibson

    Steve, I believe that what you are seeing is an old string lying on the top, not a crack.

    The fingerboard binding on the treble side may be missing, but I can't tell for sure because of the angle...
  13. Thread: Old Gibson

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    Re: Old Gibson

    The mandolin definitely looks repairable to me. If you can find the original bridge [a piece of black wood about 3 1/2" long], it will reduce the cost of the repair.
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    Re: Old Gibson

    That is a Gibson A-4, most likely built sometime between 1918 and 1922.

    It is missing some parts: the bridge, the pickguard, and the tailpiece cover. Original replacement parts are expensive and...
  15. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Simple enough. Take out the fancy electronics and replace the tuners. The pickups can be reused. Probably the volume and tone controls also. If not, the controls can be replaced for $20 or less in...
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    Re: Vintage Gibson oval hole

    My experience has been similar.
    I've played many wonderful Gibsons that were made in the 1910's.
    I try to judge an instrument by its sound and feel rather than by its look or model.

    The...
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    Re: A little info on this prewar Martin guitar.

    A lot of variables come into play with the prices on these guitars. Condition and originality are big factors. So is the build-- during this period, some guitars were built for gut strings and some...
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    Re: 1940s Gibson A-50

    "Observed evidence indicates that the instruments contained in any one particular FON batch were all of the same type [i.e. banjos, guitars or mandolins] but not necessarily of the same model." ...
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    Re: A little info on this prewar Martin guitar.

    That is a model 28 made in 1926. I can't tell for sure from the pictures, but my guess is that it's a 00.

    Measure across the lower bout [the widest part of the body]. If it is 13 1/2", it is an...
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    Re: 1940s Gibson A-50

    There are exceptions to this. Check Spann's listings of documented FON's and you will find quite a few examples.
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    Re: Glue for lose binding on finished instrument

    I don't know. It might be similar, it might be very different. The only way to find out is to try it.

    I generally shy away from untested glues, but I've made an exception for binding repairs. ...
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    Re: Glue for lose binding on finished instrument

    Durn computers.
    Google "lokweld melamine glue."
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    Re: Glue for lose binding on finished instrument

    My friendly neighborhood cabinet maker pours some off for me every now and then.
    The next time I speak to him, I'll ask him who his supplier is.

    Wilsonart only shows a large quantity container on...
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    Re: Glue for lose binding on finished instrument

    Yes, please do report back.

    There are other melamine glues available, but I do not know whether or not they have the same properties. The Wilsonart is the only one I have used.

    I recommend...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy Style C

    Congratulations! These are mandolins of very high quality.

    I have seen several variations of the style C mandolins. These were the longest-lived L & H carved top mandolins. I believe that they...
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