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  1. Re: Ideas for what could be rattling on Mandolin!

    The way you have your bridge angled are you sure the neck doesn't have a slight twist?
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    Re: 30's Oval Hole Gibson - Model?

    Thanks Nick as I never saved the link to them sweet old catalogs and sure don't own any originals! It should be a mighty fine horn!
    I did notice in the ad that the headstock is a silkscreened...
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    Re: 30's Oval Hole Gibson - Model?

    Yep that's an early A-50! I'd say from the photo above that the neck set looks good "I'd give it a deep neck set!" The saddle looks shot as its dipped in! I'd change it, I will say it again fix her...
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    Re: 30's Oval Hole Gibson - Model?

    My 2 35 elevated board F-hole A-50's that I still have, have no binding on the board and all the other ones I've owned didn't.
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    Re: 30's Oval Hole Gibson - Model?

    Hard to tell from the angle of your photo but It pry would be really killer if your going to keep her to get a neck set! Can you give us a complete side shot of the whole mando so we can see the...
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    Re: 30's Oval Hole Gibson - Model?

    1930's depression era Gibson's there was no method to the madness, they used whatever was available!
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    Re: 30's Oval Hole Gibson - Model?

    Yes it would've had a pickguard from all the ones I've seen did.
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    Re: 30's Oval Hole Gibson - Model?

    I'd bet it has an elevated fingerboard? Hard to tell from the pix but I'd say so do to the look and peghead inlay, So it should be a late version of the A-4 "some say its an early version of the...
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    Re: Stew-mac prices

    I recently bought some Golden Age Loar style F-5 tuners-one set broke-everything I did was drilled right and a worm+shaft got bent also one of their cheap little exacto knives that busted down in the...
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    Re: Better tone with light strings?

    All depends on the mandolin, how does it do in a jam or gig? I never had luck with playing bluegrass stuff in a setting with light strings-probably on stage its different as the mic/PA can bump one...
  11. Re: Bridge saddle repair - which glue to use?

    I've had this happen a few times on old original dried out saddles on my Gibson's and tried to glue it never lasted long with the down pressure-as Adrian said above a wedge, but I would replace...
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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    Well on the bone or ivory saddle I'll have to ask my Uncle Gene Johnson as his stints and recordings with Cliff Waldron and the New Shades of Grass in 1972 and with the II Generation after his tone...
  13. Re: Mandolin Archive - Lloyd Loar signed L5 Guitar 77394

    Nice!!!
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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    So in the past I've seen bone or ivory saddles on traditional F-5 Loar style bridges-Does that brighten up a woody/bass type mandolin? I've never experimented with that type of configuration?
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    Re: Mother-of-Pearl nut?

    I remember changing the bone nut to pearl on my old 30's F-7 conversion and it took awhile to get the same tone back! That also could be from breaking the bridge contact from the top? I know when you...
  16. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    When I was a young teenager in the early to mid 90's I got tired of showing up to jams with everyone playing guitar! So I knew a few things on the mando and well that's how it started!
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    Re: Happy ending for stolen mandolin

    WoW, Very happy ending for her! I despise thief's and dishonesty!!
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    Re: Gibson Mandolin Style A4

    Yes here at the classifieds is the best place as evilbay and reverb charge state sales taxes as do dealers now! I've bought and sold and trade here on a regular basis and just make a donation to the...
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    Re: No motivation

    Most of us get into that funk! I went years without playing due to being death bed sick! No Joke man. Just go to a quiet place and see where that takes you-get your mind off all the BS and start to...
  20. Re: Help identifying the Gibson Mando in this YouTube performance

    I just received a 1921 plain A in a swap deal with a very wide grain top-Sheraton brown and looks to be all original, neck looks great, no issues, original bridge is gone but I'll put a Loar style...
  21. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    I wouldn't refinish it, then it'll be pretty much worthless except to you and if you wanted to sell, it would be very cheap? Just my opinion.
  22. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    My all black 75th Anniversary F-10 just left me today to a new home so I'm getting something very interesting in the trade! Mmmmmmmmmmmm
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    My band does a lot of classic bluegrass and Country like "Workin Man Blues, I saw the Light etc...many instrumentals, A lot of Gospel, People like when myself and the fiddle player do note for note...
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    Re: This Gibson legit?

    Yep that's hideous alright!
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    Re: This Gibson legit?

    You want Blue you should see the ultra ugly 1924 Gibson Tenor Lute that I got cheap with a busted banjolin short scale neck-the top was at least original blonde but its already been sent to Gary...
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