Re: New Gibson K-5C Mandocello
Certainly a K-4 looks cool. But you know the cavity of a must be significantly larger. I've never made a measurement but if you suggest the like mandolins a K-1 and a K-4 have the same dimensions (e.g., A-4 vs F-4) then I know it is so because my Jumbo guitar based (16" bout) mandocello (the same as a K-5) is noticeably larger than my K-1. So there is that advantage -- not sure how important it is however. (see pic)
Originally Posted by goaty76
But the neck is another story. I wish Greg Stec would chime back in on this string. He commented a couple of times earlier - -but is the only person I know to have actually played a Loar K-5. He played a Loar K-5 for several years and so I'd like to have him describe the neck (e.g., nut width, contour etc.) on it. I've never touched on only seen one behind a window.
But that is what puzzles me about this K-5C -- why didn't Gibson just make a mandocello neck for it while they were at it? I'm sure they probably made these on a shoe string but it would have been a real plus I think. My K-1 (obviously) has mandocello neck the nut is 1.5" -- the K-5 style I have has a typical arch top guitar nut -- 1 11/16" -- I am here to tell you it makes a difference. I've adapted but I'll do it different this time.
Please don't tell anyone but I recently purchase a mint condition 1950 Gibson L-50. This will be converted, professionally, to a K-5 this time I am having the neck slimmed down to 1.5".
Due to current budgetary restrictions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off -- sorry about the inconvenience.