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    Re: on doing a sunburst

    plastic grocery bags to block the f holes
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    Re: on doing a sunburst

    I've mostly sprayed but took a course from Gilchrist on this. I'd say keeping your applicator "damp" and not wet is the key to the transition area. And approach it slowly and stay away from the...
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    Re: Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    Look at the scroll on the 2000 Fern that's in the classifieds. Don't know how you do it better. But they seemed to stray from that over time. I'd love to see them return to that nice of a look.
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    Re: Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    How do you make a scroll look better than that. I've just never seen it in the wild.
    Wow, that bridge is really distorting the top.
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    Re: Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    Well, about my website, I was paying Godaddy a bunch to keep it up but fellow Cafe friend Don Grieser volunteered some of his web space to park it. There were a few more mandolins that never got...
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    Re: Mandolins on Gibson web site?

    Sorry about the picture quality, I couldn't figure out how to save it so just took a picture with my phone.
    This is the picture of a Master Model that was on their old website. If they sold them...
  7. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Like this?
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    What's clear to me is that some folks here will always think that if you make an F5 then you are ripping off Gibson and I've been here long enough to know they will never be convinced otherwise. So...
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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    Here's another fun page from the Gibson story.
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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    Not making a claim that their Goats, but the engraving got me.
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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    The other inexplicable thing to me is that there are the Gibson Lumpers and the Epiphone Lumpers. Virtually identical but one is made in Kal and the other in Japan? Maybe no Epi ovals but f hole...
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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    I do see the difference between the Gibson and Aria but the Gibsons are still not the same as the ones you picture with the note above them. The ones on the Gibson have the "leaf" engraving-stamping...
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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    Hey, Rickker, your mandolin isn't what I'm talking about here. It is however the evidence I point to in comparison to what happened just a year or two after yours was built. Yours has Kalamazoo...
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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    Here's pictures of an Aria and the Gibson that's currently being discussed in the Ebay section.
    Gibson on the left.
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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    This is what they have to say about the 70's mandolins in Julius Bellson's "The Gibson Story" booklet from 1973. The fancy inlayed fingerboard was never used in 1915, much earlier. This is near the...
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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    How can a complete overhaul of how a mandolin is made with almost nothing resembling how it had been done at any time in history translate to cost savings? Especially doing the fingerboard inlays...
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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    The 30's quilt was silver maple but wasn't what I've seen on the 70's Gibsons.
    There's a world of difference between a 60's F5 or 12 and a 70's. That's the part that makes it so mysterious. How and...
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    Re: 1970's F5'S

    Talk about resurrecting an oldy. I never saw this thread and was interested to see that F5 Loar had said it looked like they were made in Japan long before I had made that observation.
    I've done a...
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    Thinking of how a court case about the F5 would go, you could argue that Gibson alway made F5's, even if only custom orders, except for the war years, but could a judge be persuaded that a 70's...
  20. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I recall Willie Poole who posts here and was in some early bands talking about how important having the guitar, mandolin, bass, fiddle and banjo was back then. And it was also important it be a...
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    Bill McCall, it needs to be said that no individual builder tried to copy a 60's, or 70's Gibson. They tried copying early 20's Gibsons because Gibson wasn't doing it.
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    Dang, I'm with you on Monroe. I love his playing but the singing, it's an aquired taste and I never aquired it. Loved Kenny Baker though.
    We had a local band, Monroe Doctrine that featured Charles...
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    Denny Gies, that 4 guitars in the band story is pretty much how I ended up being the mandolin player.
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    Mandolin Influences

    In the Gibson thread I like to bring up the growing demand for mandolins through time. For me I first became aware of mandolins when I moved next door to some acoustic players. I got my first...
  25. Re: Anybody with info on Dave Griffin mandolins?

    He's from Colorado, Golden I think. I met him a few times.
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