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#1 User is offline   slk 

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Posted 06 October 2015 - 07:40 AM

How many of you have an F-5G mandolin and like it? I am currently looking for one. They are far few and between for a used one. I guess people keep them when they get them.

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Posted 11 October 2015 - 01:52 PM

View Postslk, on 06 October 2015 - 07:40 AM, said:

How many of you have an F-5G mandolin and like it? I am currently looking for one. They are far few and between for a used one. I guess people keep them when they get them.

Steve


I just bought one in May of this year. The thing sounds amazing. Dave Harvey tuned. Weird looking wood on the back side, but I knew that when I ordered it.

Tried a few Webers and one Collins. The Webers had a lil more room on the fret board, but the tone didn't have that bark.

I almost returned it, but I could lay 1000 mandolins face down and pick out mine just by looking at the back side.

I like the plainer look of the F5G over the Fern. I'd take a Fern too.

I rarely by used, but good luck on finding a used one you like. They are out there and hold there value really well.






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Posted 11 October 2015 - 02:23 PM

That is a beauty. I sure like that rich dark shade on them. I am up in the air as to what years to avoid if there are any. I have found a nice 1995 Bozeman made one, but have heard that the newer ones now are fantastic. I have also heard that the Bozeman ones can sound just as good. So there lies the dilemma. What to look for?

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Posted 11 October 2015 - 05:48 PM

View Postslk, on 11 October 2015 - 02:23 PM, said:

That is a beauty. I sure like that rich dark shade on them. I am up in the air as to what years to avoid if there are any. I have found a nice 1995 Bozeman made one, but have heard that the newer ones now are fantastic. I have also heard that the Bozeman ones can sound just as good. So there lies the dilemma. What to look for?

Steve


I would think the Bozeman year should be fine. My only other mandolin is a Flatiron Performer A model, made at the Bozeman plant.
That Flatiron sound amazing too, but different in tone

I have only owned these 2 mandolins in my lifetime.

Take you time and best wishes in your search

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Posted 11 October 2015 - 05:53 PM

I just also want to mention that I have 2 Gibson acoustic made in Bozeman and they are really nice too.

1 is the J-185 and the other is a J45 with the 100 Anniversary sticker.

Like I said I just buy new stuff and keep it forever.



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Posted 22 October 2015 - 05:41 PM

Did you ever get anything.

I can recommend a 5-star dealer that gave me a great deal on a Fern. PM if interested.



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