I am almost ready to start building a reproduction of a 1923 July 9th "Loar" signed Gibson F-5. (Something I have been working on for quite some time) I have modeled the top and back and it is a very accurate reproduction of the arching, shape, and graduations of the originals. I will use the 3D models to create a toolpath for my CNC router to follow. Once completed the CNC will accurately reproduce the carvings time after time. (Final Graduations and tuning are still done by hand.) I use the router to rough out the top and back, and also to cut veneers, inlays, f-holes, and binding channels around the scroll. All of the other parts to be cut (including the binding channels) are also taken from a July 9th Loar. I want to reproduce every detail with as much accuracy as I can. This includes the Varnish finish, dyed pearwood veneers, bone "dovetailed" point protectors, and the famous side bound Ivoroid binding like Bill Monroe's treasured F-5. These mandolins will most likely have a slight distressed look to the finish giving it that vintage vibe but not nearly as distressed as Bill's. And it will have the vintage style tortoise pickgaurd. If you want to see lots of pictures of vintage Gibson mandolins including many "July 9th" photos check out http://www.mandolinarchive.com/
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