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    Thanks in advance but are there any links or any information sites available on mandolins that were built by Hutto...I don't even know his first name. I just got one a Gibson clone but none the less I narrowed it down to about 3 mandolins and just had to go with this one with the fabulous punch and sound that it has. Anything appreciated. Thanks again
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    Thanks for the link. I should have spent more time first I guess. I got #62 this weekend. I haven't put it down. it is amazing. Sad to know he is not around to build any more of these gems.
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    Where did you get it?
    Poe#5, Neely#72, Kentucky KM 150 (The Bagram Beater)
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    I picked it up at IBMA but played it in a music store in east Tennessee 6 weeks ago.
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    Was it at the Smoky MOuntain Guitars store in Pigeon Forge?
    Poe#5, Neely#72, Kentucky KM 150 (The Bagram Beater)
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    Yes, but has been set up with a new Steve Smith bridge and strings and is much better than it was 2 months ago. I just found out I owe alot of taxes so I probably won't hang on to it long but we'll see.
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    I own a Hutto Master Model F5 #85447. John Hutto built it for me around the end of 1999 when he lived in Augusta, Georgia. He was a gentlemen and a joy to do buisness with and will be missed.

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    The number I gave above is the serial number, not real sure which number of mandolin it is in order of which he made. I play this madolin every show with the band Hurricane Creek from Alabama. Dempsey Young first turned me on to these mandolins in the 1980's when I was with the group Perfect Tyming.

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    Yes I played that mandolin a couple weeks ago, seemed to be very week in the low end, but did need a good setup and strings which can make all the diiference. #I thought it was amusing that it had a Loar Serial number on an authentic looking gibson label. #I have played other Hutto mandos that were incredible. #Have fun with her.



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    Hands down my favorite mandolin maker... Been trying to find one to trade my Collings MF-5 for #79... Kenc
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    Sure would like to see some pictures of those Huttos!
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    I was thinking the same.
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    Will do tomorrow when I get back home with my camera.
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    Here is 62
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    Love the block inlays--have the same on my Poe. That's a fine-looking mandolin.
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    This one belongs to a buddy of mine, who hopefully won't mind me posting the picture. Its a late-90's Hutto Fern, with a beautiful dark burst. Powerful mids and highs, although a tad thin on the bottom end.

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    Cool, I'm supposed to be getting more info on Hutto and his mandolins. As far as sound. 62 has it but it didn't until the bridge was changed out. I'm tempted to put a James tailpiece on it also. But it has an original old engraved Gibson tailpiece now. Can't decide LR
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    Ken, I did know where there were 2 huttos, one was a bit older than the other and really sounded good. Also at least one of them was for sale.
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    I must say I'm baffled why someone would build a fine mandolin and then put another company's name on it.
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    I own a mid-70s Hutto which is now undergoing surgery to replace the neck which was damaged in an accident. Dempsey played it once and knew the original owner, one Lou Scott of Martinsville, VA. The story goes like this: Lou wanted John to inlay the headstock with "The Gibson," but apparently Hutto'd been given some grief from the Gibson company for making F-5 forgeries. So he placed "The Heritage," on it. As soon as Lou took possession of the instrument he did a crude job of replacing the inlay. When I bought the mandolin from Lou in the mid-80s it had "The Gibson" on it & it looked awful. A luthier from Yorktown (Ron Barnes, who builds a fine mandolin when you can get him to do one) redid the inlay and did a beautiful job. The instrument is quite powerful. I've always had the action pretty high just because that's what I'd been used to back in bluegrass days. It has a monster chop, a sweet woody tone, and I'm very fond of it. I'll post a picture of it when it comes home from hospital. Work being done by Richie Dotson who has built a couple of very good mandolins.

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    As far as putting another company's name I think he would do whatever the person that comissioned the work wanted until gibson clamped down on him
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    That's one hecuka price tag!

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