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April 3, 2012

Gibson Mandolin A-1 repair

This particular mandolin was made in 1911 according to the Gibson Archive and is in fairly good condition considering its age.  I usually don’t work on ‘modern’ items but this is for a friend.

I have repaired several stringed instruments in my time and when they have water damage it is generally on the bottom or the sides from sitting in water.  This one however has damage to the very top of the peg box.

The mandolin has what appears to be a birch body stained mahogany, spruce top, cherry laminated neck with a strip of ebony or ebonized wood in between.  It has an ebony finger board and ebony veneer on the peg box which is damaged as is the cherry substrate.  It is trimmed with ivory celluloid and mother of pearl.

I will put a small cherry end grain dovetail Dutchman to prepare it for the ebony veneer, it will also be toothed as there is evidence of toothing plane was used to prepare the woods for gluing with hot hide glue.

Should be a fun restoration project.




  1. I do not play instruments, nor do I make them, but I’ve always wanted to make a mandolin for some reason. Very cool project, and good luck with the repairs!


    Comment by Zach Dillinger — April 3, 2012 @ 10:59 am

  2. Modern or not, its a Gibson. Nuf’ said.

    Comment by Mitchell — April 4, 2012 @ 7:50 am

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