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DataNick
May-13-2016, 1:58pm
I'm starting this thread to catalog for posterity new mandolin builds that David Harvey posts to Facebook, etc. I'll try to fill in some recent posts from the last year or so as well. Enjoy and MAS Alert!

Batter up: new F5G Custom Goldtop

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bigskygirl
May-13-2016, 2:11pm
Wow, that back is gorgeous!

Clement Barrera-Ng
May-13-2016, 7:13pm
Nice. Is this one yours Nick? The gold top is very nice - like the Les Paul.

Charles E.
May-13-2016, 7:38pm
That's some bling there. The back reminds me of Lyon and Healy mandolins from the 20's.

Stephen Cagle
May-13-2016, 8:31pm
My gosh!!!! That's so nice!!!!!

Marty Jacobson
May-13-2016, 10:06pm
Wow, if signed Loars were made that nicely, they'd be worth a ton of money now.

Glassweb
May-13-2016, 11:38pm
Wow, if signed Loars were made that nicely, they'd be worth a ton of money now.

say what? no way you can compare this "golden idol" to an original Lloyd Loar F5... no way!

brother, what you got here is "fools gold"...

Ivan Kelsall
May-15-2016, 2:33am
I'm not sure that i'd go for a Gold Top myself,i like to see the wood,but,the back & sides could make up for a whole lot of Gold paint,it's incredible !. I don't really like 'cut off' fingerboards either,but the fit & finish look perfect.
The finish on the back is just like the Maple neck on my Stelling banjo. It should have been American Walnut,but when it turned up,it had a Maple neck 'stained' as Walnut. It looks like dark chocolate marble -awesome,
Ivan;)

9lbShellhamer
May-15-2016, 10:00am
Gibson is making the best stuff they've ever made right now. David Harvey is making incredible mandolins.

DataNick
May-15-2016, 3:23pm
Nice. Is this one yours Nick? The gold top is very nice - like the Les Paul.

Nope! I've got no dog in this fight...

J Mangio
May-15-2016, 6:16pm
I'll pass on the Gold.

Ivan Kelsall
May-16-2016, 2:41am
From 9lbshellhamer - "Gibson is making the best stuff they've ever made right now.". I think that many folk (inc.me), would agree wholeheartedly on that point. Dave Harvey really seems to have a firm grip on 'what's needed' re.Gibson mandolins & he's doing his best to produce 'the best' Gibsons for many years. As a consumate mandolin player himself,i doubt if anything not up to standard will get past him,
Ivan

Drew Egerton
May-16-2016, 7:27am
The gold seems like an odd choice, I wonder if it was made for someone specifically? Maybe a big name country star that's going to hold it and strum it sometimes lol.

Astro
May-18-2016, 7:12am
Yeah but in a hundred years, that thing is going to look sooo cool :)

Don Grieser
May-18-2016, 7:47am
If it's good enough for Sam....

Don Grieser
May-18-2016, 10:54pm
For those who don't remember, Gibson made 2 Gold Tops some time ago. One went to Sam, one was for sale on Reverb (might still be). Something different.

Luna Pick
May-18-2016, 11:11pm
Have to say, after first impact it's growing on me a little, made better by seeing that one in real life with Sam playing it. Wonder what the new one sounds like, and where it's headed.

Jim Hilburn
May-19-2016, 7:27am
Yeah, seeing it on film with all the reflections, it looked a lot better to me than the stills.
They're just one step away from Candy Apple Red. Overspray the gold with red translucent dye so you see the gold through the red. I never had the guts but always wanted to see it on a mandolin.

Don Grieser
May-19-2016, 7:50am
The new one may have more gold on it. Or it's the florescent lights.

Would love to see the candy apple red finish, Jim.

Wouldn't buy one in either color, but enjoy seeing something other than the sunburst.

JeffD
May-19-2016, 8:10am
Gold somehow seems appropriate. Or at least not inappropriate. I think of the classic electric guitars, the 57 Les Paul Goldtop and the like. Why the heck not. It can look so cool. It can become iconic.

T.D.Nydn
May-19-2016, 8:55am
It reminds me a lot of the gold top Les Paul's also...if Gibson called it the Sam Bush "Gold Model" , they would probably sell more of them,,either way,, I kind of like it ,and I would even buy one...

Jim Hilburn
May-19-2016, 9:05am
Don, you saw my Tele. Candy Apple but obviously more appropriate place for it.

Spruce
May-19-2016, 10:02am
Yeah but in a hundred years, that thing is going to look sooo cool :)


....more like 50... ;)

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DataNick
May-19-2016, 12:17pm
NEW Thread mando:

Honeycomb F9 hot off the presses today.

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outsidenote
May-20-2016, 7:42pm
I personally love the looks of the F9. That particular one is very attractive.

DataNick
Jun-04-2016, 9:32pm
Thread Bump:

Brent Truitt of The Steel drivers, who is a Gibson Artist endorsee, picked up the F5 Goldtop and it is now part of his arsenal!

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Jeff Mando
Jun-04-2016, 10:04pm
....more like 50... ;)

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Cool pic! Looks like the opening credit sequence from Game of Thrones...........

DataNick
Jun-30-2016, 12:47pm
Thread Bump: Hot off the presses; Custom Blue F9

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DataNick
Sep-22-2016, 11:26am
Thread Bump:
Per David Harvey "Sam Bush inspired 1931 Gibson F-5 Fern"

NFI or intended builder bias on my part...

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FLATROCK HILL
Sep-22-2016, 1:20pm
Always enjoy these thread bumps Nick. I'm not a big fan of the '30s block inlays, but I have to admit the Sam Bush inspired F5 is a beauty.

Oh and I believe the NFI part. Not so sure about your lack of builder bias.:)

9lbShellhamer
Sep-22-2016, 1:58pm
That one looks incredibly beautiful. I'd love to see it in person....and...ummmm....play it too. :mandosmiley:

Austin Bob
Sep-26-2016, 12:22pm
I'm not sure that i'd go for a Gold Top myself,i like to see the wood,but,the back & sides could make up for a whole lot of Gold paint,it's incredible !. I don't really like 'cut off' fingerboards either,but the fit & finish look perfect.
Ivan;)

Yeah Ivan, mine has the chopped fingerboard as well, and I it's not my favorite by far, but I don't like the Florida either. I'd much prefer the Doyle Larson (http://www.gibson.com/Products/Acoustic-Instruments/Mandolin/Gibson-Custom/Doyle-Lawson-Signature-Model.aspx) style of fingerboards. I think they are an elegant alternative to the chopped look, and can't be much more expensive to make.

Drew Egerton
Sep-26-2016, 12:42pm
Thread Bump:

Brent Truitt of The Steel drivers, who is a Gibson Artist endorsee, picked up the F5 Goldtop and it is now part of his arsenal!

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Saw that in person at Mountain Song Festival in Brevard, NC a couple weeks ago. Not really sure what it was, but I felt like there was no tone whatsoever. I wasn't sure if it was just the sound guy or the pickup or what, but I just did not care for it. His playing was pretty good otherwise.

Tom C
Sep-26-2016, 12:48pm
For the colored topped mandos like the blue, I am not fond of the entire mando being 1 color. Only top being blue fits more my preference. but if the back was to be colored, I'd leave the sides with a traditional color. All one color makes it look K-Mart-ish.

JAK
Sep-27-2016, 11:04am
Every time I've seen Brent Truitt play with the Steel Drivers he was playing a Gilchrist F5.

Charles E.
Sep-28-2016, 5:10pm
I got to meet Dave Harvey at last years IBMA. He was manning the Gibson booth and answering questions about the new mandolins on the table. A super nice guy and some nice mandolins too. I must admit that I thought the binding around the scroll was not as well executed as I expected on one or two of them. I look forward to seeing some new ones this weekend.

DataNick
Jan-22-2017, 5:22pm
Thread Bump: new tribute model of Monroe's Loar F5....all I know is what Dave posted to Facebook below. I will say this though, that based on a conversation I had with him months ago, I figured it was coming down the pike; just couldn't say anything about it!

Dave Harvey: "This a tribute mandolin project that started with Ricky accidentally breaking off the peghead scroll off his Skaggs model, distressed Gibson F-5 mandolin.
We are thrilled with the results, hope you like it! It looks, and sounds 94 years old!"


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dschonbrun
Jan-24-2017, 7:24pm
Thread Bump:
Per David Harvey "Sam Bush inspired 1931 Gibson F-5 Fern"

NFI or intended builder bias on my part...

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I like it a lot, particularly the wood and staining, but the pure white binding (because it's under NC lacquer) somehow doesn't fit my vision of an acoustic mandolin.

J.Albert
Jan-25-2017, 9:15pm
"the pure white binding (because it's under NC lacquer) somehow doesn't fit my vision of an acoustic mandolin."

It's there because that's what the originals had.

George R. Lane
Jan-25-2017, 9:35pm
I myself prefer ivory colored binding.