View Full Version : Nugget Mandolins

Jun-03-2005, 8:37pm
I'm a big fan of Mike Kemnitzer's work, and wonder if any Nugget owners would be willing to share some pics. #I'd also be very interested in any opinions about Nugget versus Gilchrist mandolins in terms of tone, workmanship, playability, etc.

Nick Triesch
Jun-04-2005, 1:11am
Over the years I have had the wonderful chance to play a few great mandolins. But I must say that the two Nuggets that I have played were the best I have ever played anywhere, anytime, anyplace. Playing them (both F5 types) was even more wonderful and special than the Loar I got to play about 15 years ago. It is just hard to explain but the Nugget is like no other mandolin to me anyway. Nick

Jun-04-2005, 8:15am
well since Dan and Scott haven't said it yet, I'll do the honors

check out the site bellow it should have sme of what you are looking for

Mandolin Archive - Nugget (http://www.mandolinarchive.com/perl/list_mandolins.pl?all:1:4)

Jun-04-2005, 9:05am
I've seen the Nugget pictures on the Mandolin Archive. There are 24 instruments listed and pictured out of approx. 250. I was hoping to coax a few more owners to post pics of their "babies".

Jun-04-2005, 1:25pm
I should have *a lot* more soon.. Mike has contacted me and said he'll share a pile of pictures when he gets some spare time!

Jun-05-2005, 5:10pm
Here are some recent images from my inbox.. this is Nugget Nugget F5 #100 (http://www.mandolinarchive.com/perl/show_mando.pl?3304):



Jun-05-2005, 5:11pm
Cool how Mike has involved the truss rod cover in the Torch & Wire inlay:


Mike Buesseler
Jun-05-2005, 5:17pm
That mando belongs to an old friend of mine from Alaska, I believe. I played it about 20 years ago and have compared every mandolin I've played since to that one. I couldn't believe what I was hearing and feeling. Like a grand piano....

Jun-05-2005, 10:37pm
One day if I ever win the lotto I'll own a Nugget, man those things are nice. Tim O'Brien's my fav and his #2 nugget is second to none (well 2nd to the #1 nugget) as far as I'm concerned.

Jun-05-2005, 10:56pm
wow, #100 is unbelievable. off to check the couch cushions for 25 grand http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

oldwave maker
Jun-08-2005, 11:21pm
you wont find a gil with this look- hotclubs stealth bomber, the inspiration for my C#'s