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#1 User is offline   Dave F 

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 08:06 PM

Mandolins, Banjos, Dobros

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Mandolins, Banjos, Dobros

Mandolins, Banjos, Dobros

Mandolins, Banjos, Dobros

Mandolins, Banjos, Dobros

How did this forum get so far off track?



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Posted 13 May 2015 - 11:10 PM

Totally agree. Sadly this area of the forum seems to be a ghost town and mistaken for meaning original 50's Les Pauls for some reason. Doesn't seem to be too many players of Mandolins, Banjos and Dobros on the forum in general either, which is also a shame. Guess it doesn't help with Gibsons current lack of production of banjos and dobros too.
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Posted 14 May 2015 - 02:25 AM

I would agree.... [thumbup]

Players may be scared off by the speciality of the marque

There are many great mandolins, banjos, dobros etc other than Gibson

My mandolin(except my Epi Mandobird) and tenor guitar are of relatively cheap oriental mfg

Yet well giggable and with fine, usable tone... [thumbup]

And not forgetting the disproportionate love of Les Pauls and their associated rock players and musical styles exhibited on these forums...IMO only.... <_<

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 06:26 PM

Hi Versatile. I think when it comes to these types of instruments a lot of people think they are old fashioned and not relevant anymore, not realising there is still a lot of talented musicians who make a living playing country, folk and even jazz & classical on these instruments.

I have an Epi Mandolin, Dobro & an Ashbury Banjo - all cheap yet workable instruments like you say...they sound pretty good too. I'd love a Gibson RB 250 or an Earl Scruggs banjo, but I have always paid more for guitars as it's my first instrument than on folk instruments. Some of the Gibson mandolins look beautiful on their site, but unless I was to join a pro band playing one I will have to stick with my Epi for now [crying] I have debated buying a second hand Gibson banjo or mandolin as you can get some really good deals in the used market, but then I see an archtop or acoustic guitar and end up going for that instead :rolleyes:

Anyway, talking of Gibson original instruments have you guys seen this beautiful creation? A F-5 120th anniversary mandolin that's about at the moments. Wowzers, it's mighty fine but costs a bomb [smile]

http://www.guitargui...=15012010585158
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Posted 15 May 2015 - 11:57 AM

I regularly play with folk and bluegrass musicians....

Mandolins, banjos, tenor guitars, fiddles, accordions... :blink:

I also saw a Gibson mandolin on their website a while back

It was priced $25,000....

How cool is that?...

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Posted 29 May 2015 - 03:54 AM

Mandolins, Banjos, Dobros

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Mandolins, Banjos, Dobros

Mandolins, Banjos, Dobros

Mandolins, Banjos, Dobros

Mandolins, Banjos, Dobros
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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#7 User is offline   Dave F 

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 08:05 PM

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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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Posted 03 August 2015 - 12:04 PM

Hey there - I normally hang out over at UMGF, but I certainly enjoy reading what you all talk about as well. I have a 335 and first-year Bozeman J-200 and an early 70's RB-250. The F-5 remains the standard in planet mando. Plenty of competition out there, but these are the real deal imo.

I'm always surprised when folks who don't listen to traditional or roots/Americana music are unaware of the real Gibson legacy, going back far before the big archtops and early Les Pauls. This is a company with a real heritage extending well beyond the contemporary genres, and it'd seem natural for Gibson fans to be aware. Oh, well . . .p
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 08:42 AM

View PostCountry Jim, on 03 August 2015 - 12:04 PM, said:

Hey there - I normally hang out over at UMGF, but I certainly enjoy reading what you all talk about as well. I have a 335 and first-year Bozeman J-200 and an early 70's RB-250. The F-5 remains the standard in planet mando. Plenty of competition out there, but these are the real deal imo.

I'm always surprised when folks who don't listen to traditional or roots/Americana music are unaware of the real Gibson legacy, going back far before the big archtops and early Les Pauls. This is a company with a real heritage extending well beyond the contemporary genres, and it'd seem natural for Gibson fans to be aware. Oh, well . . .p


Yes, I agree it's odd that a lot of people don't realise Orville began the company primarily as a Mandolin maker and that he also created some innovative designs like the guitar-harp. It's a shame there isn't more written about Orville and his life as it would be interesting to know more about that.

You have a great collection there Jim. I think I mentioned in an earlier post on this thread that I'd love a RB-250 and an F-5 and I too believe these are the benchmark instruments when it comes to banjos and mandolins. The J-200 is a brilliant instrument too, I myself have a few Gibson flat-tops including a J-185, J-35 and in the last few weeks I picked up a Dove which I'd been after for many years and I'm very excited about. I have a couple of Gibson archtops and a bunch of solid bodies as well - been a Gibson fan for many years [smile]
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 09:41 AM

I've got an inexpensive Epi MB200 banjo with which I figured I'd recover some 60s memories of trying to cover Sandy Bull on an old longneck. But.... spending most of my playing with the Masterbilts, which I thoroughly enjoy.
2008 Epiphone Masterbilt spruce/rosewood EF-500RAVS

2011 Guild F50R burst
2002 Guild JF30-12 burst 

1939 Epiphone Masterbilt Zenith

2014 Epiphone FT-79 IB-64 Texan cherryburst

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Posted 08 August 2015 - 07:12 AM

Whoa! Quite a nice collection, Cougar. I'd sure like to get my hands on that '39 for an hour or two.
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Posted 08 August 2015 - 08:47 AM

View PostCountry Jim, on 08 August 2015 - 07:12 AM, said:

Whoa! Quite a nice collection, Cougar. I'd sure like to get my hands on that '39 for an hour or two.


Thanks, Jim. My dad picked up that old Zenith back in the 40s after the war and played it for decades. I believe it's all laminate and not really that great a player. With all solid woods, the newer Masterbilts are in a very different league.
2008 Epiphone Masterbilt spruce/rosewood EF-500RAVS

2011 Guild F50R burst
2002 Guild JF30-12 burst 

1939 Epiphone Masterbilt Zenith

2014 Epiphone FT-79 IB-64 Texan cherryburst

2012 Epiphone Lennon EJ-160E VS

2011 Epiphone Performer ME TBK

2013 Epiphone EL-00 Pro VS

1972 Epiphone FT-160 12-string sunburst

2012 Epiphone Dot CH

2010 Epiphone Les Paul Standard trans amber 

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Posted 08 August 2015 - 10:26 AM

Which style of mandolins would you folks recommend for sound and playability? [smile]

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Posted 08 August 2015 - 10:28 AM

Since I have about worn out my mandolin, I am looking for feedback on what is the best low end mandolin to buy. My current model is an A-Style, but that isn't a priority. I have looked at some of the Epiphones. Any suggestions would be appreciated. [mellow]

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Posted 09 August 2015 - 05:54 AM

Hi Doug... [thumbup]

IMO choosing a mandolin is a fascinating and personal journey

There are many options at all price points

Flat-top Italianate crafted bowl backs suited to Vivaldi and Baroque Classical.... :blink:

Flat-top and back Celtic round holers

Archtop and back F-hole American style

Epi scroll type decorated from Gibson et al, at the top end price wise.... :-({|=

Solid electrics....like Epi Mandobird can be huge fun.... [biggrin]

Watching and listening to favourite artists can focus one's choice somewhat...

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 06:57 AM

View PostVersatile, on 09 August 2015 - 05:54 AM, said:

Hi Doug... [thumbup]

IMO choosing a mandolin is a fascinating and personal journey

There are many options at all price points

Flat-top Italianate crafted bowl backs suited to Vivaldi and Baroque Classical.... :blink:

Flat-top and back Celtic round holers

Archtop and back F-hole American style

Epi scroll type decorated from Gibson et al, at the top end price wise.... :-({|=

Solid electrics....like Epi Mandobird can be huge fun.... [biggrin]

Watching and listening to favourite artists can focus one's choice somewhat...

V

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Thanks V. I will probably go with an F-Style Epi, but didn't know if anyone had any other favorites to suggest.
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Posted 13 August 2015 - 09:04 PM

Doug - Take a look at Eastman for sure, and for a more "old timey" sound Flatiron makes several wonderful instruments. Be sure to post your final choice so the rest of us can drool!
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Posted 13 August 2015 - 09:09 PM

Oh, and Doug, check out the mandolins at the Denver Folklore Center (denverfolklore.com). Plenty more instruments than are listed on line. If you e-mail or phone Harry Tuft, the owner, he'll not only give you some very specific information, but he'll usually be able to keep his eye peeled for just what you want.
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Posted 14 August 2015 - 07:35 AM

View PostCountry Jim, on 13 August 2015 - 09:09 PM, said:

Oh, and Doug, check out the mandolins at the Denver Folklore Center (denverfolklore.com). Plenty more instruments than are listed on line. If you e-mail or phone Harry Tuft, the owner, he'll not only give you some very specific information, but he'll usually be able to keep his eye peeled for just what you want.


Thanks for the info Country Jim. I will check into this place and those brands. [biggrin]
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