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#1 User is offline   Dave F 

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:30 PM

Ordered this back in January. Just came today. Now I have to learn how to play it.

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#2 User is offline   cody78 

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 11:30 PM

Wow! Congrats! That is gorgeous [thumbup] ...I love Gibson mandolins but have never been able to fully justify buying one myself as I am primarily a guitarist, thus all my funds go on geetars. That beauty puts my old Epi MM30 mandolin to shame!! I want one!
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Posted 06 September 2014 - 08:27 AM

That sure is "purdy". Tommy Tedesco used to tune his mandolin and his banjo like a guitar. Made learning to play them a no-brainer according to an article in Guitar Player some 40+ years ago. I wish you years of great playing. Its superb!!
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#4 User is offline   Country Jim 

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 09:32 AM

Just looking at your photos makes my heart go bumpity-bump. Absolutely gorgeous, Dave. And since you're in the heart of bluegrass country, I have a sneaking suspicion you're already a dang good player - probably born that way. Congratulations!
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Posted 18 August 2015 - 10:15 AM

I don't even play mandolin and I want one..

what's THAT tell ya???
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#6 User is offline   Mikeo 

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 06:15 PM

View PostDave F, on 04 September 2014 - 08:30 PM, said:

Ordered this back in January. Just came today. Now I have to learn how to play it.

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Really nice.

I bought a Gibson F5-G back in late May.

I was expecting a nice flame back like on your Fern, but it's kind of weird.

I'd up load the pics, but I think I shot my wade on photos at this forum today.

anyway I was think of sending it back. It's signed by Dave Harvey and the thing sounded so nice I kept it.
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#7 User is offline   Mikeo 

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 06:35 PM

My F5G
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#8 User is offline   Dave F 

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 08:11 PM

View PostMikeo, on 19 August 2015 - 06:35 PM, said:

My F5G
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Very nice looking. I think I like the flower pot inlaid better than the fern
Just the Gibson's Please
'29 Uke1
'40's Banner J45
'53 ES 150
'94 Centennial 1934 Jumbo RI
'94 1933 Century of Progress
'04 Chet Atkins CG
'04 Dwight Yoakam Honky Tonk Duece
'07 J200 CUSTOM KOA
'07 CJ165 RW
'10 J45 Legend
'10 Jackson Browne
'11 Kristofferson SJ
'12 J200 Custom RW
'13 ES 175
'13 J185 Wildwood Modern Vintage
'13 LG-2 Banner RI (All Hog)
'14 F5L Fern Mandolin
'14 Stage Deluxe LTD
'14 1932 L00 RI
'14 Les Paul Std
'14 L5 Premier
'15 Stage Deluxe RW
'16 Nick Lucas Mystic Rosewood
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#9 User is offline   Mikeo 

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 08:26 AM

View PostDave F, on 19 August 2015 - 08:11 PM, said:

Very nice looking. I think I like the flower pot inlaid better than the fern


I like the plainer look of the F5G myself.

The back on mine wasn't what I was expecting, but as I looked at it more and more, I must say it's unique. I could probably line up ever F5G made this year and pick mine out of the pack.

Sound wise it's really good. I compared it to a few Webers and even my friends Weber. It blows his Bitterroot Weber away in spade.

It was kind of a lot of money for a second rate mandolin player. I only have one other mandolin that I purchased way way back. It's a Flatiron A model Performer, with a very nice flame back.
I [post a pic of that later.
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#10 User is offline   Kaiser Bill 

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 11:08 AM

Both are beautiful instruments...works of art. Congrats to you both.....
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Gibson LP (11/15/03) prod #265
Gibson LPDC (6/29/07) prod #58
Gibson Pete Townshend signature J200 (10/25/05) prod #71
Epiphone Joe Pass (April 2006)
Epiphone Les Paul (February 2007)
Epiphone Es335 Pro (2016)
Supro lap steel (1949)
Fender '69 Thinline Tele (reissue)
Fender"P" bass (original 1972)
MIM Fender Strat'(2000)
2010 Squire Mini MII
2012 MIM Fender Telecaster
1990 Ovation Applause
1969 Univox acoustic
1982 Fender acoustic (F260S) ser# 400481
1961 Silvertone 3/4 size
198? Sho-Bud Pro I pedal steel (Emmons set up)
1963 Fender 1000 double neck pedal steel.
Genz-Benz Shenandoah AC-150
2005 Fender Hot Rod Deville (2X12)
Many original vintage "stomp" boxes
TC Helicon Voice Live Play GTX w controller mic
Roy Smeck Uke
Harmony Uke (1961)
Assorted Peterson tuners (5)
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#11 User is offline   Pesh 

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 05:19 AM

Happy New Mandolin Day! The flame on that one is lovely. Congratulations, and good luck with your learning to play!
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#12 User is offline   Assenphat 

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 08:28 PM

View PostDave F, on 04 September 2014 - 08:30 PM, said:

Ordered this back in January. Just came today. Now I have to learn how to play it.

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It's absolutely gorgeous, top of the line, but did you really buy a $9,000 mandolin to "learn how to play" it?
I'd get me an $800 Eastman, then put the Fern in the case and never touch it again until I made all my mistakes and earned my dues on the cheapie, is what I'd do.
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Posted 29 November 2015 - 09:19 AM

View PostAssenphat, on 28 November 2015 - 08:28 PM, said:

It's absolutely gorgeous, top of the line, but did you really buy a $9,000 mandolin to "learn how to play" it?
I'd get me an $800 Eastman, then put the Fern in the case and never touch it again until I made all my mistakes and earned my dues on the cheapie, is what I'd do.


Thanks for the comments.

This was my 5th mandolin so I already paid my dues on the other ones.

Since I've had this I'm ready to unload the others except one that was handmade by my best friends dad. There is no comparison.

This one is getting played and not setting in the case.

I got this one for $5600 which is still a lot of money and I'm sure I may had found a comparable one for less, but I didn't.

As with a few other instruments, I've found that if I don't get what I want I just go through a lot other ones until I finally get it and it winds up costing me more in the long run. Part of my addiction I suppose.



Just the Gibson's Please
'29 Uke1
'40's Banner J45
'53 ES 150
'94 Centennial 1934 Jumbo RI
'94 1933 Century of Progress
'04 Chet Atkins CG
'04 Dwight Yoakam Honky Tonk Duece
'07 J200 CUSTOM KOA
'07 CJ165 RW
'10 J45 Legend
'10 Jackson Browne
'11 Kristofferson SJ
'12 J200 Custom RW
'13 ES 175
'13 J185 Wildwood Modern Vintage
'13 LG-2 Banner RI (All Hog)
'14 F5L Fern Mandolin
'14 Stage Deluxe LTD
'14 1932 L00 RI
'14 Les Paul Std
'14 L5 Premier
'15 Stage Deluxe RW
'16 Nick Lucas Mystic Rosewood
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#14 User is offline   David L 

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 02:50 PM

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It's absolutely gorgeous, top of the line, but did you really buy a $9,000 mandolin to "learn how to play" it?
I'd get me an $800 Eastman, then put the Fern in the case and never touch it again until I made all my mistakes and earned my dues on the cheapie, is what I'd do.
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What a foolish idea! Not playing a good instrument because you don't think you are good enough is a terrible idea. Instruments need to be played, not sit in a case. It's not like playing an instrument badly will hurt it. If you wait until you've made all your mistakes, you wait forever. Besides, you don't "earn" dues, you "pay" them. Your thinking is ALL backwards.
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Posted 06 December 2015 - 11:05 PM

Beautiful F5 Fern... Now you got me wanting one..


that F5g looks sweet too...

here Im stuck with mine...
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Posted 08 December 2015 - 03:40 PM

View Postslimt, on 06 December 2015 - 11:05 PM, said:

Beautiful F5 Fern... Now you got me wanting one..


that F5g looks sweet too...

here Im stuck with mine...
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I would like to be stuck with that one. Very nice Mandolin for sure...

Steve
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