Chrisvallillo

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Date registered: January 1, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Harmony Monterey H417 Mandolin — December 9, 2015
  2. The Potato Chip Guitar, Fall 2014 — November 21, 2014
  3. Latest additions — June 25, 2014
  4. A TURN OF THE CENTURY PARLOR GUITAR IS REBORN — June 10, 2014
  5. 1919 Gibson A Mandolin Restoration — September 30, 2013

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Dec 09

Harmony Monterey H417 Mandolin

This is a Harmony Monterey H417 mandolin in it’s faux Alligator original case. These were made between the late 1930’s and the 1970‘s and have solid spruce tops (pressed) and solid maple back and sides. This one appears to be a very early model. Judging from the style of the headstock and name lettering, as …

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Nov 21

The Potato Chip Guitar, Fall 2014

It was possibly in the worst shape I’d ever seen any guitar in.  The body of the guitar was actually curled like a potato chip.  The back was off, split and warped, braces were missing, the guitar was split on the bass side from the endpin up to the hip, the shoulder was split, a …

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Jun 25

Latest additions

Here are a couple of the latest additions to the “finished”pile. I’ll add more details later. This is a 30’s to 40’s era mahogany Gretsch Ukelele. This is currently for sale on the Orphan Instruments page. Here’s a “Tulip Head Mandolin, probably from Regal in the 20’s. This one’s nice!~ Clear, bright tone, easy action. This …

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Jun 10

A TURN OF THE CENTURY PARLOR GUITAR IS REBORN

THE ODYSSEY: It all started in 1991 when my friend and fellow instrument enthusiast Steve Endsley (and builder of excellent mountain dulcimers) interrupted me in the middle of a performance to give me a paper bag containing the pieces of an strange old parlor guitar as a prank. It was a old birch 9 string …

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Sep 30

1919 Gibson A Mandolin Restoration

1919 Gibson A Mandolin Restoration Slowly but surely, with much wailing and gnashing of teeth, my old 1919 Gibson A mandolin has come back to life. I got this Mandolin from Ken Carlysle, former bandmate and leader of Ken Carlysle and the Cadillac Cowboys sometime around 1980 after he left it next to his wood …

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