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    Default What have I got here-is this old mandolihomemade or by a builder?

    I picked up this mahogany mandolin from reverb. It appears to have an old replacement oak back so no label. The binding and neck join look quality but the uneven (one side is lower than the other) tuner holes and button fret markers says homemade. It’s a bit smaller than a typical A, but scale length is ~13 3/16

    What have I got here? Age? Maker?

    Thanks
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    Default Re: What have I got here-is this old mandolihomemade or by a buil

    My vote is for mandolihomemade
    "I play BG so that's what I can talk intelligently about." A line I loved and pirated from Mandoplumb

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    Default Re: What have I got here-is this old mandolihomemade or by a buil

    It looks to be like it started life as either an Oscar Schmidt or United product (same company pretty much) that has been stripped and abused. It might even have been a second. As far as value, not much.
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    I like the figure on the back.

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    Default Re: What have I got here-is this old mandolihomemade or by a buil

    Well whatever it is, someone played the heck out of it judging by those fingerboard divots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Well whatever it is, someone played the heck out of it judging by those fingerboard divots.
    No joke, those are little swimming pools. Regardless of value, you have something that clearly has S O V L.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dylandekk View Post
    no joke, those are little swimming pools. Regardless of value, you have something that clearly has s o v l.
    sovl?
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    David Grier says that someone asked him once "Is that a real song or one you wrote?"

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    SOVL:

    A "misspelling" of the word "soul" derived from 4chan.

    Related to the "return to tradition" meme because of its replacing the letter u with v, as was done in written ancient Latin during the time of Rome.

    Used to describe something with character, depth, realism, complexity, superiority, or any other kind of appealing characteristics in comparison with something else; particularly something that feels mass-produced, artificial, or otherwise tailored for broad popular/mass appeal or usage. Usually (though not always) used ironically or sarcastically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Gunter View Post
    (I was clueless as well)
    Thanks to yov, I now have a clve.
    "I play BG so that's what I can talk intelligently about." A line I loved and pirated from Mandoplumb

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