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    Default Gibson mandolin face repair needed.

    I have a 1950 Gibson F-12. The previous owner shaved the face to get “more projection”. As a result, the face under the bridge is sinking. There are also 2 parallel cracks about 1 1/2” apart and 4” long on the lower bass-side bout. The cracks separate when the strings are tightened. I was able to use light-gauge strings for awhile, but no longer. It looks like someone cleated a line between the cracks. I’m not sure it can be repaired; It may require a new face. Any suggestions? Or recommendations for a GOOD repairman? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Where are you located?
    Play it like you mean it.

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    Hot Springs, Arkansas
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    Where are you located?

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    Hot Springs, Arkansas

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    A picture might help us to assess the damage, but . . .
    If the top has been thinned by an amateur, it sounds like it might be a possible candidate for a new top.

    You might want to consult a builder. Pava Knezevic at the Ellis workshop in Austin comes to mind.
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    If the top is toast then Randy Wood is your man. He's got tons of experience in replacing tops like this and folks talk about his quality work and good pricing...
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    Thank you! Do you know how I can contact him?

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    Thank you! I’ll post pictures when I get home.

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    Randy Wood has a website and is still active. His website is randywoodmusic.com. He is near Savannah, GA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    Randy Wood has a website and is still active. His website is randywoodmusic.com. He is near Savannah, GA.
    Thanks much!

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    Jerry Rosa has a video you should watch where he put a new top on a Kentucky. He doesn’t take mail ins because he’s backed up, but won’t turn away walk ins. He’s in Missouri, and goes to jams in Arkansas, so it might be feasible. But watching the video will give you a good idea of the scope of the project.
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    Thank you, Brick. I’ll look for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    Jerry Rosa has a video you should watch where he put a new top on a Kentucky. He doesn’t take mail ins because he’s backed up, but won’t turn away walk ins. He’s in Missouri, and goes to jams in Arkansas, so it might be feasible. But watching the video will give you a good idea of the scope of the project.
    Actually, I think that is no longer true. Jerry put out a new video last week he has over 60 instruments in his shop now and a huge waiting list that goes back two years. In addition he has three F-style mandolins that he has been commissioned to build. In fact that is tho only new business he is accepting now -- new builds. So I think he is done taking new repair jobs period for now? He was very apologetic bout it but the guy has to have a life. Too bad he is a genius at fixing things up.
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    Thanks, Brick. I guess that’s what happens when you are a true craftsman.

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