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    Default New White Face mandolin

    Thinking about making my up coming octave mandolin a white face, paying homage to the beautiful Gibson A models of the teens. What’s the general attitude towards them today? Does everyone love them like I do?
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    Default Re: New White Face mandolin

    I love them Gary and long for a late 22 TR. A-3 white top-probably wouldn't like it though as I'm an F-5 type a guy but I know your exquisite work so you'll do it some serious justice my friend! I'd love an F-5 in the white!

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    I'm a big fan of white face mandolins . . . can't wait to see pictures . . . .

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    Not a fan of paint on mandolins. Like to see the grain. Makes me think that it’s a way to hide flaws in the wood, even if there aren’t any.

    Don’t like it on old Gibson’s either.
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    Yes!

    (My order with Wayne. . . one day. . . is for a white snake.)

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    My first attempt at a hand rubbed sunburst finish took a bad turn when I did the top. It looked awful. Looks great with a black face, though

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    I’ve heard the concern before about a builder using a flawed piece of wood and hiding it behind black or white paint. But my problem with the scenario is, a builders reputation is founded on their instruments quality over a period of time. Small builders especially can’t risk using bad wood, even once, in the hopes of dumping something less than high quality. ALSO, I don’t buy wood that I wouldn’t build an instrument out of. EVERYONE builder I know is the same. Wood is expensive and we buy very selectively. I have no junky pieces of wood that would need to hide behind an opaque finish.
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    Default Re: New White Face mandolin

    Bruce Harvie did a refinish to create one many years ago. The thread is here. There was a whole lot of information coming forward that I had never realized about the whiteface instruments. Some of the images don't show up for me, they might for others. The Kilz was an interesting take.
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    I love the white A3, but I need to see the paint worn off from forearm contact.
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    Default Re: New White Face mandolin

    Back in the days when I was working at an acoustic shop here in Kalamazoo a couple of old A-3’s came through, I should have gotten one back when I had that opportunity! They have always had a warm spot in my heart. “Amana” and, “Kelvinator” were the endearing terms we used for them around the store.
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    Like a couple of others that I passed on!
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