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    Default Flatiron A5-Artist vs Gibson A5L

    I play a 1987 Flatiron A5 Artist signed by Steve Carlson. It was made in January 1987, before Gibson bought Flatiron. I am curious about the similarities and differences between these late 80's A5 Artists and the Gibson A5-L mandolins from the later 80's and early 90's. I know a lot of those early Gibson A5-L's were also signed by Carlson. Is it basically the same mandolin? My Flatiron is X braced. What bracing do the A5-L's have? I would appreciate any other info on similarities and differences between the two models. Thanks!
    1987 Flatiron A-5 Artist "Woody"
    2003 Weber Gallatin F "Phaedrus"
    1921 Gibson A-2 "Lily"

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    Great mandolin you have! Can't go wrong with a mandolin bearing Steve Carlson's signature on the label!

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    I had long lusted for an A-5L and finally got lucky in August of 2021 when I bought my 1992 Steve Carlson signed mandolin at a very nice price. It is tonebar braced rather than X braced and has a beefier, rounder neck profile. I don't have any experience with the Flatiron A5 Artist model so I can't comment on it but I do love my Gibson.

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    Default Re: Flatiron A5-Artist vs Gibson A5L

    I think Gibson is parallel and Flatiron is x-braced.

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