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Bent Gibson H1 madola neck - what is the best course of action
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Hi AllI recently got hold of a 1914 Gibson H1 Mandola (obviously no truss rod) that was a little neglected but structurally okay.The neck relief was excessive (0.75mm at fret 8 without strings…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Keen Oct 14, 2014.

Gibson A4 heel crack advice needed on best way to repair
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I recently picked up a Gibson A4 cheaply. Serial number is unreadable but factory order number is 11120 making it about 1918.The neck looks original but it has unusual neck wear, possibly from a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Mace Sep 1, 2012.

Can Titebond be used to repair joints previously glued with PVA.
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Thanks for reading.I usually repair mandolins and like using hide glue. However I have a small problem:I'm repairing a nyckelhapa (Swedish bowed fiddle), made in 2006. It has a 2 piece front (3-4mm…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Magnus Hultin Sep 4, 2011.

Early 1906 Gibson A mandolin tailpiece problem/question
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Previously I posted about a 1906 Gibson A4 that I'm renovating. The mandolin is now back in one piece and I've fitted medium strings. I bent the standard Gibson tailpiece up so when fitted there was…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Frank Ford Feb 7, 2011.


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At 10:23am on August 13, 2010, Ned Knepp said…
Mike, I don't know if the face is French polished or not. I haven't tested it to see what effects the finish. I'm not sure how to identify Nitro but I can test for shellac easy enough. I really don't think it is pure shellac. I've worked with shellac a lot and it seems to hard for that, or at least it doesn't show damage or wear enough for that. I'll test later and let you know.

At 9:29am on August 18, 2010, Ned Knepp said…
The finish on the top and head is VERY shiny, much more so than the back and sides. The logo in the head is written in paint and is not covered by anything. This is pretty common on A0 or A1 model.
At 1:52pm on August 24, 2010, Ned Knepp said…
That's interesting to know about the finishes on these mandolins. I 'm fortunate that my Mandolin is is very good shape and I haven't had to do any retouches.

Lately, I've been struggling with touching up sunbursts. I'm not particularly good at it but I'm getting better. The guitar I'm working on right now is an old Kay so I'm not to concerned but I have a martin 2-15 mandolin that will need to have a face repair blended in and I just keep putting it off. Fortunately, I don't do this for a living so I can do that.

Thanks for the info.

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