Re: Alvarez mandolins
Sorry to reopen an old thread, but one of these Alvarez F3ANT has come up for sale locally (somewhat locally) for $500.
All I'm curious about is whether it's solid & hand carved or solid and pressed top/back? It has the hand-carved detail to the scroll that some other (pressed?) F-style mandolins don't have. It also appears to have a dovetail joint...or at least the detail of a dovetail joint (do people fake this?).
as a side note, a lot of the cheap F mandolins I see have very poor scroll and head detail, but this one looks properly proportioned all around.
Thanks for any additional help,
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