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At 3:35am on August 14, 2010, Mike Keen said…

Thanks for the help - it really helps.

I think there's a simple question that will help sort this out for me.

Is the black finish on the black peghead and black front of the mando highly polished and shiny - looking like shiny thin laquer coat. Also is there a laquer coat over the gibson logo on the peghead. My gut feeling is they were nitro coated.

Thanks so much for your help

At 1:45am on August 19, 2010, Mike Keen said…
Once again thanks Ned. I heard from Dan from the mandolin archive, he tells me some blackfaces of this period (serial numbers) were nitro coated on the face and peg head. This would tie in with the very shiny finish you have and with the very shiny finish on my peghead. So I've decided to go with Nitro for the front and peghead.

I've patch repaired the finish on the back and to blend it in, overcoated with blonde French polish so the original finish is still visable.

Hopefully I've got the balance right between renovating and preserving oringinality.

Thanks so much for your help. Instrument repair is a constant learning process.

Best regards from sunny England

At 2:20pm on October 23, 2016, Dave Hanna said…


Wish I had adopted your personal image.   That is me through and through.  I do wonder, are you able to eat, drink and be merry with a brain that small?  It is easy to see how you can do luthery.  Easy!

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