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    I recently witnessed a fairly astounding performance by Marty and the Fabulous Superlatives (including Cia Cherryholmes on banjo) last Sunday at Rockygrass.

    I had a backstage/poser pit pass for Sunday and was equipped with binoculars. I couldn't help but notice that Marty Stuart's F5 was covered in signatures that were scratched into the top of his mandolin.

    By the looks of these scratches my best guess was that Marty himself was the youthful perpetrator. Names such as "Earl," "Hank," and "Johnny" were fairly visible.

    Does anyone out there know the story behind this instrument? Is is a Loar? What vintage is it?

    Marty is clearly a confident and kick ### picker.
    His last moments on stage were a 10 minute solo mandolin piece that convinced me of his skills.

    I guess there is no point in my last comments as anyone who played with Lester and Earle at 6 yrs of age clearly is one talented mofo....

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    It's not a Loar. But I can't rememebr who made it. there have been several discussions about it on here. I'd try and search for a link to the thread but I'm lazy (and busy with this work nonsense).
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    Quote Originally Posted by (Treblemaker @ Aug. 03 2007, 15:51)
    His last moments on stage were a 10 minute solo mandolin piece that convinced me of his skills.
    It's no Loar, could be a Randy Wood, but others on here surely know.

    I've been convinced for 30 years.
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    From our own f5loar last time we had this discussion:

    "It's a Rural Yarbough/Marion Kirk F5 Loar copy. Kirk learned to build the F5 from Randy Wood. Marty is most talented and would do well in a solo setting. I thought it was more of an early 70's model since he was born l958 and being 14 would be 1972 so something is off there if he told you 1982."
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    I heard..., Chris Warner...!!! #
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    I saw an interview with marty not to long ago where he talked about it. The first scratch was (intentionally) added by the Johnny Cash while borrowing it during a performance. I think he said Johnny thought it looked to new or something. After that I guess it was game on. Marty said he wasn't sure who most of the signatures where, and that he's pretty sure he didn't ask for them!
    That's the story as I recall it, but I could be wrong.
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    Either way, whoever made it, it sounds good and he's a heck of a mandolin player.
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    Kevin, I used your "witty saying" the other day and got a great look from the sound guy!
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    I saw the interview too, as I recall he mentioned he saved the money by himself to have that mandolin built when he was an early teenager. #He was very proud of it, and I don't remember the details but I think he was backstage and a performance where he let Johnny Cash check it out and next thing he knew Mr. Cash was carving his name into it while he looked on in shock! #That's where it all began, but if someone is going to carve their name into your prized instrument, I don't suppose you could do much better than the legend himself!
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    I think John R. carved his name and a cross into the instrument to remind Marty to always be humble.
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    Btw, one GREAT record is Marty, RidgeRunner Records, #RRR0002 maybe, from '78 or '79. Talk about different grooves, everything from grass to blues to funk. Has several legends contributing, plus unknowns. He does a few bars of Rawhide on mandolin, simply great with his own stylisms.
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    Wonder what would happen today if someone starting whittlin' on someone else's mandolin? Johnny Cash or not, I know that would not work very well with me. The next time I'm around another mandolin player, I'll ask if I can see his mandolin and take out the old Swiss Army knife.
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    I will see him August 24th/25th in Eureka Springs AR and if I get a chance I'll ask him all about his mando and see what he says. There will be a lot of good pickers those days. 2 shows per day. Sam Bush, Ronnie Reno, Tennessee Gentelmen to name a few. My wife & I have got our tickets for both shows. Eureka Springs is a pretty cool little town.
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    ..I thought the mando was origionally intended for Roland White who was playing with Lester at the time..Roland decided he didnt want it and passed the chance to buy it on to young Marty.
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    ..here it tis...
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    At the workshop at Greyfox (he came in at the end of Sam Bush's time at the Master's Tent) Marty was asked about the mandolin. I forgot where it was from, but I do remember he said it cost about $650.!!
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    Here is photo from Marty's encore at Rockygrass 07. He moved his mic out front, said he couldn't see the crowd. He blew me away. My first time to see Marty. His picking had a blues groove that took a seat to none of the great mandolin pickers at Rockygrass(including Grisman, Thile, Bush, Lawson, McReynolds, McCoury). It was a great festival for mandolin fans. The logo on this years poster and t shirts also had a great mandolin. I'll post a photo of it also.
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    Here is the Rockygrass program cover for this year. #I think it would make a great tattoo for any who dare.
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    A few years ago when I bought his Pilgrim album I wrote to his fan club site to get info about his mandolin. I never got a reply, so I never bought another album. Anyway there has been a lot of confusing info about his mandolin about the cafe. One thread said he sold his Loar and now plays a $600 mando. That is probably a reference to what he paid for the mandolin under discussion here. He may not have a Loar, but he does seem to be a collector..I think he owns Hank williams D45 and Lester Flatts old D28.
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    A dare to get another mandolin tatto, oh boy that's all I needed.
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