Inside the Elderly Repair Shop
by Roger Skipper with Joe Konkoly
from American Lutherie, Winter 2011
Gibson A-model Mandolin Restoration
When this 1906 Gibson A-model mandolin (#5155) was received for restoration in the Elderly shop, it showed extensive water damage. Photos show the “before” condition. Every glue joint was compromised, especially the back joints. The back center seam was open and distorted. The top was separated from the sides, the tail block was separated from the top and sides, and there was major distortion of both the sides and the top. The pearwood center strip of the neck was beginning to crumble. This had caused the peghead veneer to crack and had damaged the Gibson logo. The fingerboard was cracked, and a shim had previously been added under it.