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omegaman
Aug-12-2005, 9:55pm
Moseyed into a kewl shoppe in New York, Midtown, and walked out with my first mandolin. I always loved the mandolin sound so, instead of getting my GAS fixed, I got a MAS attack in it's stead. Peter Mix at Rigel tells me this is a one of a kind custom violet finish, with bound and burst maple pickguard, the block inlays you can plainly see, adirondack top, high-figure rock maple back and sides. Sometimes I just stare at it, need to learn it now, and I will if it's the last thing I do. Have nothing to really compare it to so I guess it sounds pretty good as far as I can tell. Initially bought home a Weber Absaroka (?) or something like that. I returned it the next day for the Rigel. The Weber had some finish issues around one of the f-holes that I agonized over.

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dan@kins
Aug-16-2005, 11:23am
Man! That is a really gorgeous mandolin!

I really like the pickguard and the way its finished.

Oh and luv the burst on that one.

I'm contiually impressed with Rigel's colors.

Very nice indeed. I own and play an A+ Deluxe and find it difficult to put down. Its my full time "plugged in" axe.

omegaman
Dec-20-2005, 12:22pm
Dan the Man! Thanks for the compliments! Just noticed your post, albeit quite a while ago. Sorry I didn't see it. Thanks again!

Eric F.
Dec-20-2005, 12:43pm
Wow. I just noticed this. THat is one gorgeous Rigel. I hope you're enjoying it.

Ted Eschliman
Dec-20-2005, 1:09pm
Nice score!
I've actually had a chance to play that one myself (though I'd warn all not to take me too seriously because of my documented Rigel bias...); this is a sweet ax.
In addition to the one-of-a-kind pickguard, note the custom block inlay on the fingerboard, matching white tuning pegs, and graphic headstock design.
Sweet.
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Michael Gowell
Dec-20-2005, 1:20pm
I really like the tailpiece too - almost severe in its simplicity, but complements the instrument.

Jim M.
Dec-20-2005, 1:27pm
Very cool! So tell us how it's going learning to play it.

glauber
Dec-20-2005, 2:16pm
Wait until you see the Suicide King! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Mark Walker
Dec-20-2005, 2:28pm
That's a beauty! #Even if you don't get good at playing it, you'll look GREAT holding it! #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif (Which is why I hold my Silver Angel. Can't play it - but look GREAT holding it!) http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Pedal Steel Mike
Dec-20-2005, 4:49pm
I also played that specific instrument at the NAMM show. It was pretty spectacular. The quality and workemanship put into it, and the sound that came out of it, were the reasons I chose to buy a Rigel instead of one of the other leading brands.

I can't wait for the 2006 show to whow what new goodies Rigel has come up with.