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    Re: Identifying an old Gibson mandolin - thanks

    The OP's factory order number is documented as an A-2Z in Spann's book.

    Suppose the label was missing or completely unreadable, what else would you call it??
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    Re: Fretwire and slot help?

    #1. Just enough to clear the bindings minus a small fudge factor [maybe 1 to 2 64ths of an inch] to avoid pushing the binding out by accident.
    #2. Don't know. We don't see much of it around here....
  3. Re: What if I removed the nitro finish from the sides of my mando

    I would use nitro.
    French polished shellac is the only alternative I would even consider.
    In most cases, I avoid touch up or refinish with anything but the medium originally used.

    Anything else...
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    Re: Identifying an old Gibson mandolin - thanks

    An A-2Z should have a bound fingerboard, bound back, a double bound top, and a pearl "The Gibson" logo.
    Most have a fancy soundhole rosette with narrow black-white-black bands around the perimeters...
  5. Thread: V joint question

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    Re: V joint question

    We must keep in mind that the string tension on a mandolin is much greater than that on a violin.
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    Re: Identifying an old Gibson mandolin - thanks

    According to "Spann's Guide to Gibson," 11963 corresponds to a 1923 factory order number and 81057 to a 1927 serial number. That's a larger difference in date between factory number and serial...
  7. Re: Removing finish spots all over Regal tenor guitar

    You can level it with a miniature cabinet scraper with part of the blade masked off with tape. Start with two layers of blue masking tape and work your way down to 1 or 2 layers of Scotch magic...
  8. Re: What if I removed the nitro finish from the sides of my mando

    Possible causes:
    1. Wood surface not correctly cleaned and prepared.
    2. Bad barrel of lacquer or vinyl sealer.
    3. Too much thinner or conditioner added to lacquer.
    4. Not enough drying time...
  9. Re: What if I removed the nitro finish from the sides of my mando

    This is an example of what is called "loose finish." Most of us who work on instruments would consider this to be a manufacturing defect, but I doubt that Gibson would cover it under warranty.

    If...
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    Re: Some very fine Nancy Blake mandolin

    Re the video in the original post: Yes, that's the Loar. Nancy is using a flat pick, though it might be hard for some to see from those camera angles.

    Why the early applause? 1] It's a bit of...
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    Re: Gibson F-9 repair project

    If I owned the instrument and was preparing it for resale, I would probably pull the neck. I don't want my restorations coming back to me because I skimped on the work. For that reason, if I was...
  12. Re: Confused about a spirit varnish over a sunburst on first mand

    There has been a lot of conjecture about old Gibson varnish finishes.

    I think most of us will agree that at least the outer coats, at least in 'teens instruments of most colors, were some sort of...
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    Re: fretboard support opinion?

    Looks like a good solution to me.
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    Re: Gibson F-9 repair project

    Can't tell much from those pictures. Clearer shots might or might not help. You're going to have to use your hands and your eyes to determine what is and is not going on. A magnifying glass might...
  15. Re: Mandolinists RIOTING over unfair String License fee

    Don't give 'em any ideas.
    I know of one state that taxes cats . . .
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    Re: Some very fine Nancy Blake mandolin

    She's also a darn good fiddle player. And in the old days, she could also thump a bass fiddle when she wanted to.
    And she's got one of the best bow arms on the 'cello that I've ever seen.
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    Re: Fretboard repair/install HELP?

    You can scrape overhanging binding by putting a layer or two of masking tape on part of the scraper blade. See frets.com "masked razor blade scraping." The masking tape will ride on the neck surface...
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    Re: Gibson F-9 repair project

    If it was fitted badly enough and it's not a paddle joint, you probably won't have much trouble removing it without a jig.

    One important precaution: wiggle side to side rather than up and down to...
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    Re: Fretboard repair/install HELP?

    A repairman's perspective:

    Before I install a fingerboard, I drill a few tiny holes for locating pins to hold the board in place while gluing. Tiny brads available from a hardware store make good...
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    Re: holes from pickguard removal?

    The hole will have no impact on the sound. It can be plugged, but unless you know what you're doing you risk making it look worse rather than better. And a time may come when you [or a future...
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    Re: Gibson F-9 repair project

    Before you try to remove the neck, see if you can find someone who knows for sure what kind of neck joint the instrument has.

    Over the years, Gibson has used dovetails, a straight mortise and...
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    Re: fretboard support opinion?

    I like an ebony or rosewood guitar bridge to look "dry and hungry" before I glue it. These days, I wipe, and then if it still looks oily, I'll give it another sanding or scraping, then sometimes...
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    Re: fretboard support opinion?

    It's a good idea to wipe ebony down with alcohol or lacquer thinner before gluing. The same is true for rosewood.
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    Re: old Flatiron, old guy, some thoughts

    This is good advice. The frets might polish up nicely and play well without replacing them, and a drop or two of oil on the tuner bearings might work wonders.
    Play it for a while, and then see if...
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    Re: Vega cylinderback info

    And, numbers or no numbers, I still date the OP's mandolin in the teens or no later than the early '20's by its specifications.
    It appears to have the varnish/French polish finish of Vega...
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