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Jonathan James
Feb-07-2006, 4:24pm
Here are some shots of the latest F5 from luthier Paul Newson out of Michigan. I don't own this one (I wish), but the pics were too nice to not share. I own a 2002 Newson that I really love. This one is available directly from Paul (he's listed in the Builders Section).

This one has a varnish finish, radiused fingerboard, the back/neck is Northern Michigan hard maple, and Red Spruce top, ebony peghead veneer.

No financial interest. Just sharing.

Jonathan James
Feb-07-2006, 4:25pm
Headstock...

Jonathan James
Feb-07-2006, 4:26pm
scroll angle

Jonathan James
Feb-07-2006, 4:27pm
last one...

bluegrassplayer
Feb-07-2006, 4:41pm
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amowry
Feb-07-2006, 4:49pm
Wow, that is extraordinary. Beautiful colors and finish.

Phil Jolly
Feb-07-2006, 5:26pm
I love the look of that back. An incredibly beautiful mandolin.

Lee
Feb-07-2006, 5:54pm
One of my favorite mandolins is a 1982 Newson A5. He took a hiatus from mando building to concentrate on violins. Glad to see he's back.

Jim M.
Feb-07-2006, 6:03pm
One of my favorite mandos is my Newson F5, which you can see, along with some other Newsons here:

Newson thread (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=21408;hl=newson)

He's definitely one of the lesser known great builders. There's also a new one for sale at Gryphon. Last time they had one at Gryphon, it lasted about 3 days. I was going to go back and buy it, but it was gone, so I ordered direct from Paul. Great builder and a great guy to work with.

Jeff Rose
Feb-11-2006, 5:02pm
I had the pleasure of playing Paul's latest in a mini Newson mando tasting with two other F models and my A model. As is the case with all of Paul's mandos this new one is great. The workmanship is awesome, excellent playability and the tone is balanced and rich accross the spectrum. As has been noted about many of the modern builder's, Paul is very humble about his work and is an all around high quality person. He really is one of the best kept secrets in the mando luthier world. This latest is a beauty...

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Jonathan James
Feb-11-2006, 7:52pm
Agree 100% Jeff. Paul's finish work is second to none and his tone is really special. I think as more of his instruments get out there in circulation, people will wake up to Paul's talent...

tope
Feb-11-2006, 11:15pm
Very Sweet !!!!!!!

Mark Walker
Feb-12-2006, 8:10am
That is a BEAUTY! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Where abouts in Michigan is Paul Newson located? I'm in West Michigan myself!

Jonathan James
Feb-12-2006, 9:04am
He's in the Northern part of Michigan, wherever the 251 area code is!

Jeff Rose
Feb-12-2006, 2:24pm
Paul lives in Manton.

Skip Kelley
Feb-12-2006, 7:08pm
Awesome looking mandolin. A fine example of expert craftsmanship!!

Mark Walker
Feb-12-2006, 7:47pm
That's north of me - I'm between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. #Jeff Rose - aren't you near Benton Harbor? #Or am I thinking of ... is it Gary Tope? #Paul Tope? # http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif (Too many great luthiers out there - and I never realized some were in my state!)

jasona
Feb-12-2006, 8:33pm
Don't forget Mike Kemnitzer lives in Michigan too. He's made a nice mando or two I hear.

Mando Medic
Feb-12-2006, 9:04pm
If my memory serves me right, Jeff Rose is from the Portland Oregon area. Kenc

Jeff Rose
Feb-12-2006, 9:52pm
Yep, Mr. Kemnitzer lives in northern Michigan too, and you are right he has made a "nice mando" or two. I happen to live just a short drive from both of them, and as you know Mike is also one of the most swellest people you will ever meet. As to the Jeff Rose in Oregon, like my son says "it wasn't me"...

My Webpage (http://www.detourbluegrass.com)

Mark Walker
Feb-13-2006, 12:56pm
I stand corrected - or better informed! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif I lose track of all these great luthiers all over the country! But I'm glad to see there are a few here in my home state. If I recall correctly from some of my conversations with Ken Ratcliff, he either was born or lived in Jackson, Michigan himself!

(And I have to believe there are some wonderful curly maple trees/wood here in our state - once being the furniture capital of the world!)

jasona
Feb-13-2006, 1:24pm
(And I have to believe there are some wonderful curly maple trees/wood here in our state - once being the furniture capital of the world!)
Sure are--and you can see some by checking the backs of Loar's work. Product of Kalamazoo, maple by Michigan!

Mark Walker
Feb-13-2006, 6:00pm
jasona - absotively, posilutely correct! And that's just down the road from me! (Gibson was still headquartered here for about half my adult life!) http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif