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mandopaul
Jan-25-2016, 12:23am
Just got this stamped April 21 1938 - looks to be a Stradolin, but is not marked on peghead. Could have been sanded off. But it has all the looks of a Strad, i think.

I am very happy with the sound and feel. Like a great punchy old Gibson A. There is a large crack on the lower treble side, probably been there for 40 yrs. Tuners are very hard to turn, but i just picked up some period replacements. Someone painted them gold including the gears! Back looks to be a ply maple on top, but top is solid.

http://i.imgur.com/nkj5S1yl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/yEIobF3l.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/2VLd6xIl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/nQzNrdgl.jpg

pointpergame
Jan-25-2016, 1:28am
I'd say that is a stradolin. I've never seen a date stamp. Where is it on the instrument? The experts will weigh in but looks like the deluxe model --- with the purfling.

Randi Gormley
Jan-25-2016, 6:17am
wow -- it looks like it even has real binding (mine is painted on) -- the date stamp, if there is one, is inside up by the neck block area. If you have a good light (and it exists), you might be able to see it through one of the f-holes. pretty instrument, that.

mandopaul
Jan-25-2016, 11:36am
The early ones had date stamps from what i've read. I found one looking inside bass f hole. It was in blue ink, towards the mid part of inside back. The binding is just the part of the top that curves down, there really is no binding.

MikeEdgerton
Jan-25-2016, 1:33pm
It is a Strad-O-Lin genre mandolin. Please feel free to add pictures of it to the Strad-O-Lin Social Group. Not all of them are stamped. It;'s not a Deluxe model although it's nice with that figured back. I would assume the back is solid as well unless you have an over-riding reason to think it's laminated. Most of them at this date were solid. They seemed to have an issue with boring the holes for the tuners correctly, many of them are hard to turn. Paul Hostetter has a page for servicing old tuners. It can be found here (http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html). Did they paint the tailpiece gold as well? Post a picture of the tuners. I'd be tempted to clean off the paint.

mandopaul
Jan-25-2016, 5:55pm
It is a Strad-O-Lin genre mandolin. Please feel free to add pictures of it to the Strad-O-Lin Social Group. Not all of them are stamped. It;'s not a Deluxe model although it's nice with that figured back. I would assume the back is solid as well unless you have an over-riding reason to think it's laminated. Most of them at this date were solid. They seemed to have an issue with boring the holes for the tuners correctly, many of them are hard to turn. Paul Hostetter has a page for servicing old tuners. It can be found here (http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html). Did they paint the tailpiece gold as well? Post a picture of the tuners. I'd be tempted to clean off the paint.

Thanks Mike, I'll head over there. Here are the pics of painted tuners and tailpiece.
http://i.imgur.com/8mwiT0um.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ZL7c7pdm.jpg