Just looking for info,bought an early 70s F style off ebay are these mandolins made by the same people who manufactured Ibanez? they seem very similiar. I had a lawsuit era Ibanez F 5 copy that was a great mandolin. I havent played the Alvarez yet wondereing if they are as good a mando and if so it should make a good back up. The only thing I had the bracing shaved down some laquer removed and changed the neck angle slightly on the Ibanez and man was it a dandy after that.