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    Question Identifying My Mandolin

    Hi everyone! Yesterday I bought my first mandolin, from ebay: an Aria M-300. It's my first time buying any instrument without playing it first. I hope I made a good decision.
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    I've been trying to narrow down more precisely the specific model I got. Based on some Google Image Search sleuthing, the coloration seems to most closely resemble an M-300BG:
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    However, the head stock is different from all the pictures I've found online. My head stock:
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    The M-300BG head stock I've found online:
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    Also most of the M-300BG pics I've found don't include pick guards. Would anyone here be able to help identify the make of M-300 I got (and possibly narrow down the year closer than "1970s")? Or be able to point me towards someone who can?

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    Default Re: Identifying My Mandolin

    Thats a nice Aria! I bet re-worked it could be a killer one! Does it have maple back, sides and neck? Is the top and tone bars thick?

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    Thanks! The seller provided no information about the materials. Here are some more provided pictures:

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