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    Re: Advanced Search---Help Please

    I'm sure Paul would have appreciated that. He left us too soon.
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    Re: Advanced Search---Help Please

    Go to Google.com and search using this line:

    building bridge site:mandolincafe.com

    You'll most likely find what you're looking for.

    If all you want are images click on Images on the Google...
  3. Re: Where do the names F-style and A-style actually come from?

    Allen, what took you so long? :)

    I knew you'd come through.

    I finally found this. The late Paul Hostetter's possible explanation for why U = Harp Guitar.
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    Perhaps we are looking for the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I do think it was about the math for Orville though. I do assume (again with no proof) that it was his first design, second...
  5. Re: Where do the names F-style and A-style actually come from?

    Those are late comers. :)

    I thought Martin designated the Dreadnought and I think that was a nickname for a design they built for Ditson. Gibson built them later. There's a list here someplace of...
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    Orville thought enough of it to feature it on his label as did Gibson but the company apparently never made one
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    I figured that if Orville's first model was designated the A style and eventually he got to the F style, what happened to B, C, D, and E? If in fact that was how this came to be and there is nothing...
  8. Re: Where do the names F-style and A-style actually come from?

    You were told wrong. There's nothing to support that in any Gibson documentation. Up until the electric guitar age the only thing that was ever labeled Florentine was a banjo with scenes from Venice...
  9. Re: Where do the names F-style and A-style actually come from?

    I think that A stood for A and F stood for F. It wasn't until Gibson got into the banjo manufacturing that they had any letters that meant anything other than a model designation. RB, TB, GB, MB,...
  10. Re: got a live one here folks, and he is coming in hot

    It's apparently one of these.
  11. Re: Allen tailpiece - does the felt mute the sound or not?

    It stops the harmonics and has nothing to do with muting the sound. Gibson mandolins have come with a piece of felt or leather for 100 years.
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    Re: Telestar, Teiso, Columbus?

    Here's one that sold recently on eBay.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/393682127319?hash=item5ba94889d7:g:iRMAAOSwlXBhhsYY
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    Re: Telestar, Teiso, Columbus?

    Keep in mind that asking prices are not what things sell for. I paid $125.00 for mine with a case and I overpaid. YMMV.
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    Re: Telestar, Teiso, Columbus?

    You can send a private message by clicking on a users name and selecting Private Message. I don't know how much help I can be.
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    Re: Telestar, Teiso, Columbus?

    I wish I could tell you. I got burned when I bought mine. Check out Cafe member mrmando's www.emando.com. He usually has a few for sale as well as historical information.
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    Re: Mystery corrosion - anyone know why?

    Darryl has always striven to get the most realistic feel and look to the parts he manufacturers although it never occurred to me that he could duplicate this part of the experience. I've always known...
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    Re: Telestar, Teiso, Columbus?

    I have one that looks just like that. They are built pretty heavy like most 70's era Japanese instruments were but the most likely best known mandolin solo was played on the same model.
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    Re: Telestar, Teiso, Columbus?

    Most of these were imported under a dozen brand names. It's best if you can post an image.

    Does it look like the one Ray Jackson is playing in this article?
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    Re: Mystery corrosion - anyone know why?

    I think a lot of the issue is storing the guard (and binding in some cases not this one) in a closed case can cause the problem to reveal itself. The problem is that not storing in a case can be...
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    Re: Mystery corrosion - anyone know why?

    By the way, for those that haven't seen this it's a pretty common problem.
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    Re: Mystery corrosion - anyone know why?

    Note the label, the riser block and the patent stamp on the pickguard. It's a Gibson, most likely a Jr by the color and lack of binding on the body.
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    Re: Mystery corrosion - anyone know why?

    It would appear that the pickguard is celluloid and it is off gassing and corroding the strings. Do yourself a favor and remove the pickguard before it causes you any other issues. I wouldn't store...
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    Re: Help me identify these tuners

    I'm sure they would have been available from some of the larger music distributors. They could be something someone with a 70's Gibson F style might want to restore their instrument.
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    Re: Gibson head luthiers

    Another clarifying note. Gibson purchased Flatiron in 1987. Flatiron labels signed after that time are technically Gibson products built by Gibson employees.
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    Re: Gibson head luthiers

    Added Dennis A. Balian:

    Lloyd Loar (1922-1924) *
    Stanley E. Rendell (1970-1975) *
    Carl Spinoso (1976-1977) *
    Wilbur D. Fuller (1978) *
    Richard J. Doan (1978-1981) *
    Aaron Cowles (1978-1984) *...
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