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  1. Thread: Tailpiece Cover

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    Re: Tailpiece Cover

    You could call Gibson customer service. I'm sure they would be glad to help . . .

    :)) . . . just kidding . . . sorry, I couldn't resist . . .
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    Re: Laquer over tru oil ?

    Rub some Tru-Oil into a piece of scrap, let it cure for a couple of days, then overspray it with nitro. In a week it will be dry enough for you to judge the results.

    If the sanding marks are in...
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    Re: Laquer over tru oil ?

    Lacquer will stick to a lot of things.
    Try it on a test board first, though.

    If you're finishing from scratch, I would use either nitrocellulose sealer or thin shellac for sealing coats under...
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    Re: Would someone please buy this

    I've taken the pledge. I passed on something really neat last month, which somebody else eventually bought.
    You can do it.
    If I can do it, you can do it.
    Bring only cash and your driver's license...
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    Re: Shopping! Or...Playing Around

    Modern mandolins with arched tops can be very loosely graded by the way the tops and backs are made.

    The lowest grade have tops and/or backs made out of laminated wood.
    The next grade up have...
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    Re: IMO - Why red spruce is the loudest top wood

    Agreed.

    The last time I bumped into John Arnold, and he said he had just cut a couple of red spruce trees, which had yielded several hundred tops. Here's the rest of the conversation:

    Me: Was...
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    Re: Mandolin Luthier Recommendations NY/NJ/PA

    Also Troy Harris, Poughkeepsie, NY.
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    Re: Now what do I do?

    If I understand correctly, the actual distance from the nut is 23/32" greater than the distance called for in the plans.
    If that is so, you have the following choices:

    1. Increase the...
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    Re: Help. I need information

    Yes, we need pictures. A clear shot of the whole mandolin, front and back; closeups of the front and back of the body, and closeups of the front and back of the head [the part that holds the tuning...
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    Re: Loud, or Not So Loud?

    I consider the ability to play softly an essential skill.
    If you're still keeping folks up, you can stuff a rag under the strings.
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    Re: Gruhn's and/ Carter's?

    Gruhn's has close to 60 mandolins in stock today. The more valuable ones are kept on the second floor. If you want to see any of those, all you have to do is ask.

    Gruhn's staff is always...
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    Re: Gruhn's and/ Carter's?

    The atmosphere at Gruhn's is very different from Carter's.
    More spacious, more relaxed.

    You might also pay a visit to Cotten Music. A much smaller store. Cotten is not normally open on...
  13. Re: PayPal fraud in prograess (have you smelled this one before)?

    Sounds a little peculiar.

    Insist that the insurance company contact you directly, get the rep's name and phone number, then verify that the rep is legitimate by contacting the company's home...
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    Re: Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    There are no mandolins on the standard Gibson website. They have not had mandolins listed for a very long time, except on the legacy page referred to in post number 6.
  15. Thread: PA trip

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    Re: PA trip

    Fred Oster's "Vintage Instruments" in Philadelphia. Dozens of mandolins.
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    Re: Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    Dare I suggest that you look elsewhere for new mandolins?

    Apparently, Gibson is still making mandolins, but only in very small numbers.
    Their dealers are Guitar Center/ Musicians' Friend, The...
  17. Thread: 1970's F5'S

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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    "The tuned spruce tops . . . "
    Whatever they were tuning them to, it didn't work very well.

    " . . . plus a varnish finish . . ."
    If that was varnish they were using, I'll eat my hat. Of course,...
  18. Thread: 1970's F5'S

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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    It's not so mysterious if you understand that Norlin was operating from the point of view that cutting costs, no matter what, increases immediate profits. They failed to take into account that a...
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    Re: Gibson F-5 on eBay?

    Those inlays were standard on F-5's in the '70's, as was the neck volute. All Gibson guitars from that period have the volute. Some of the mandolins and banjos have the volute, some do not.
    ...
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    Re: Remove Frets & Scoop

    True, especially on an F-5 with a long extension. But the original poster's mandolin is a 23 fret instrument, not a 29 or 30 fret instrument like some F-5's. He may want those high notes later.
    ...
  21. Thread: 1970's F5'S

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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    Yes, I have occasionally seen quilted maple on earlier Gibson mandolins and guitars.
    One was a mid to late 30's F-4 with an elevated fingerboard extension and a quilted back finished in transparent...
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    Re: Remove Frets & Scoop

    An alternative to scooping the extension is to pull the frets, fill the slots with maple purfling strips or plastic binding material, and sand the strips flush to the top of the extension.

    This...
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    I bought my first mandolin in 1979. It was a new import, and cost $40. I do not recall the brand-- it may very well have been an unlabeled instrument. It did not play cleanly-- it rattled, it...
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    Re: Gibson F-5 on eBay?

    Every time a 60's or 70's F-5 turns up on the market, its authenticity is questioned and debated by Café members.

    This one, like the others that have been debated over the last couple of years, is...
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    Re: Banjolin Identification and Help

    Unless I am missing something in the pictures, I see no evidence of any holes to accommodate shoes for a head-tightening mechanism. I suggest that it originally was made with a wooden top.

    The...
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