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    Take care of your instrument instructions from the Gibson System for Guitar circa 1939.
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    Things haven't changed much, have they.

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    A little fuzzy for my old eyes but it looks like 1939. Didn't the earlier instructions recommended cleaning with gasoline?

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    Here is Darryl Wolfe describing an old Gibson publication from the 20's if I recall.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Love the 1920s instructions, and the recipe for the polish, too. Sitting around the wood stove or fireplace on a cold winter's night, shining up the old mandolin—KABOOM!

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    Polish recipe :- GIBSON POLISH FORMULA :-
    1 tablespoon of lemon compound or lemon oil.
    1 tablespoon of parafine oil.
    1 quart of gasoline.

    One QUART of gas. ???. That's 2 pints !. The lemon & paraffin would be lost in the mix. I'm wondering if it should have been a quarter of a tablespoonful of gas. to thin it down a bit. Using 2 pints of gas,you might as well forget anything the lemon & paraffin might do. They'd be so dilute as to do nothing !.

    The lemon compound / oil was to give the mixture a nice aroma,mixed with 2 pints of gas,do you reckon you'd smell it ?,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Kelsall View Post
    The lemon compound / oil was to give the mixture a nice aroma,mixed with 2 pints of gas,do you reckon you'd smell it ?,
    They call it "Jim Beam"
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    Love the 1920s instructions, and the recipe for the polish, too. Sitting around the wood stove or fireplace on a cold winter's night, shining up the old mandolin—KABOOM!
    I think that may be where all of the "missing" Loars went...

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    I re-strung my Lebeda mandolin yesterday. New strings / polish the frets with a Silver polishing cloth to shine 'em up / a wipe over the f/board with Teak oil -wipe on,wipe off / polish the body with Beeswax furniture cream - it looks like new & sound terrific !,
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