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    eBay suggested that I might be interested in this listing. Instead, it just made me blue:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1924-The-Gi...QAAOSwikRbeuas
    1924 Gibson A Snakehead
    2005 National RM-1
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    Looks like a mandolin-banjo neck stuck on a tenor lute body...

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    Nice color for an old Stratocaster or something but looks out of place with that natural wood top.

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    I just got my TL to dola conversion back from Gary Vessel and I must say fantastic Dola conversion-very Dark sounding! I got the 24 Gibson TL from evilbay awhile back and it was a true basket case! Many cracks in top and back, terrible sanding to top and back, many little brad nails nailed into the back and sides into the neck block, broken neck at extension, missing all hardware, broken tailpiece base, A real basket case! So Gary made a snakehead neck, refinished the whole thing and gave it a brownish back, black top, pearl block inlays in ebony board, I had a vintage 1924 cream guard, and vintage style Loar pearl button prototype tuners that Derrington put together years ago, original "The Gibson" tailpiece assembly, He used the original pearl "The Gibson" inlay from the TL peg head and finished it in a lite varnish. What a looker man and spectacular sounding, I'll get some pix up soon. Gary does fantastic work!

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    That instrument used to belong to an acquaintance of mine. It came out of George Gruhn's shop in the early '90's. It already had the blue finish on it at that time. That is the original head. It was removed from the original neck, which was then shortened. Then the head was drilled for mandolin tuners, spliced back on, the moon inlay added, and the instrument finished blue. We don't know who did the work.

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    Seems like an odd choice for tuners.....

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    pheff--your list is missing a mandola. ebay is on to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    pheff--your list is missing a mandola. ebay is on to you.
    I'm surrounded by enablers, Don. They're coming at me from all angles. Even the bots and cookies have it in for me. What's an honest man with an occasional interest in fine instruments to do?
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    2007 Hester A5
    2009 Passernig A5
    2015 Black A2-z
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    2011 Passernig F5

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    How about a few photos before the auction disappears?
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    I don't think it is going anywhere at that price.
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrasser78 View Post
    I just got my TL to dola conversion back from Gary Vessel and I must say fantastic Dola conversion-very Dark sounding! I got the 24 Gibson TL from evilbay awhile back and it was a true basket case! Many cracks in top and back, terrible sanding to top and back, many little brad nails nailed into the back and sides into the neck block, broken neck at extension, missing all hardware, broken tailpiece base, A real basket case! So Gary made a snakehead neck, refinished the whole thing and gave it a brownish back, black top, pearl block inlays in ebony board, I had a vintage 1924 cream guard, and vintage style Loar pearl button prototype tuners that Derrington put together years ago, original "The Gibson" tailpiece assembly, He used the original pearl "The Gibson" inlay from the TL peg head and finished it in a lite varnish. What a looker man and spectacular sounding, I'll get some pix up soon. Gary does fantastic work!
    Yeah, would love to see some pics when you can. Sound pretty interesting. I know someone looking for a cream pickguard if you ever decide to switch it out. In fact I think I have two 'dola guards in my stash of parts here if your looking that.

    Phil

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    lard tundering jaysas h. christ on a crutch hobbling about aimlessly. what an instrument. i wonder if the scale length is octave mandola or a fifth mandola. a friend out west had one of those with the stock four strings. the neck was long enough for an octave conversion. but blue finish????

    i'd love to try it, but it's awfully pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ollaimh View Post
    i wonder if the scale length is octave mandola or a fifth mandola.
    The instrument has a standard Gibson mandola scale length-- around 15 3/4".

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