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    I don't know why I want to know the year (of an old instrument - don't care about newer) but I can't help being curious. Do I care if it's a '37 or a '40? No. I just need to enjoy the instrument for what it is. Obviously it won't play or sound different if I know it's age or not.

    Maybe there's some romantic idea that drives the curiosity about manufacture dates; a bit of "if this guitar (or what have you) could talk".

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    If you're really not worried about it and you happen upon a Gibson F5 from the early 20's I'll trade you a new one for it. Thanks.
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    I'll be sure to let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    If you're really not worried about it and you happen upon a Gibson F5 from the early 20's I'll trade you a new one for it. Thanks.
    Mike, I think we share the “mensch” canoe!

    Personally, I find the interest in the interest fascinating, the stories that must sleep in the walls of 225 Parsons Street would be such an insight into the goings on in there way back when.
    The Spann book is another useful tool in being a “Gibson aficionado”.
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    Many seek out their "birth year" instrument. It's just a thing, but you need to know for sure if it indeed was made during the same year you were made.

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    But, Tom, I was born in ‘57, not what one generally thinks of as a high point in the Parsons Street era! Moms birth year might be better! 1923!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbofood View Post
    Mike, I think we share the “mensch” canoe!

    Personally, I find the interest in the interest fascinating, the stories that must sleep in the walls of 225 Parsons Street would be such an insight into the goings on in there way back when.
    The Spann book is another useful tool in being a “Gibson aficionado”.
    I'm just trying to be helpful Tim.
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    And you always are, pal!
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    Another thing you might consider: If you don't know the date your mandolin was made, how would you know when to hold its birthday party?

    I have a 1964 Volvo 1800S, and know where its next-serial-number older "sibling" is, both of which came off the assembly line as black with red upholstery. I dream at times of getting both together and restoring them. I'll never actually DO it, but it is a recurrent thought. I understand why someone might enjoy knowing the history of unusual cars. It wouldn't occur to me to do this with an Oldsmobile Vista-Cruiser.

    I think early Gibson mandolins (and other instruments) qualify as unusual/special.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbofood View Post
    But, Tom, I was born in ‘57, not what one generally thinks of as a high point in the Parsons Street era! Moms birth year might be better! 1923!
    Dad's was 1922. Wasn't L0ar there 1922-1923?
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    Quote Originally Posted by willkamm View Post
    Dad's was 1922. Wasn't L0ar there 1922-1923?
    Exactly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by willkamm View Post
    Dad's was 1922. Wasn't L0ar there 1922-1923?
    Mine is also a '22, what a great mandolin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerTiefster View Post
    I have a 1964 Volvo 1800S, and know where its next-serial-number older "sibling" is, both of which came off the assembly line as black with red upholstery. I dream at times of getting both together and restoring them. I'll never actually DO it, but it is a recurrent thought. I understand why someone might enjoy knowing the history of unusual cars. It wouldn't occur to me to do this with an Oldsmobile Vista-Cruiser.

    I think early Gibson mandolins (and other instruments) qualify as unusual/special.
    That was my dream car growing up.

    Rather that two identical, I'd rather see a 122 or 544 parked next to the 1800.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyV View Post
    That was my dream car growing up.

    Rather that two identical, I'd rather see a 122 or 544 parked next to the 1800.
    Me, too. Loved the 122 but ended with a ‘70 144 that turned out to be a lemon. Oh well.
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    And I had the Vista Cruiser ! Gold with wood-grain accents
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    I had the Pontiac “Executive 400” which had the capacity for a pair of Peavy Columns, amp, three guitars, banjo, mandolin, box of mics and cords, four (not small) guys and a string bass all inside and dry!
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    Love those old Land-Yachts. Had a 1978 Mercury Marquis Colony Park. Loong wheelbase;great ride!

    My Spann's Guide should be here in a couple days. I ordered it after a fellow forumite here found that
    my 1923 snakehead is really a 1925. Have a couple other teens Gibsons to date.

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    Celebrating 10 years in print today. A book that changed the numbers game for Gibson instruments.

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