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Jim Hilburn
Apr-01-2006, 4:25pm
I strung this on up today. Hope you like it.

Jim Hilburn
Apr-01-2006, 4:27pm
There goes the last of my Stewart McDonald tortoise binding.

Jim Hilburn
Apr-01-2006, 4:32pm
I tried to find some decent wood for the sides but this defective stuff was all I could find.

Jim Hilburn
Apr-01-2006, 4:34pm
Here's the back. It's cloudy out and gave these shots a milky look. The back goes from tame to very crazy depending on the angle and lighting.

Apr-01-2006, 4:35pm
great looking mando--as per usual!

Jim Hilburn
Apr-01-2006, 4:35pm
Here's a scroll detail.

Jim Hilburn
Apr-01-2006, 4:36pm
Here's the peghead.

Apr-01-2006, 4:37pm

Apr-01-2006, 5:14pm

Apr-01-2006, 5:34pm
As I said out loud when I saw the first picture; "Wonderful!"

Apr-01-2006, 5:42pm

Apr-01-2006, 6:07pm
Proof that tortoise binding isn't just for blondes. It really sets off that peghead!

I hope I'll get to see/hear one of yours some day. I'm always impressed with the photos.


Phil Jolly
Apr-01-2006, 6:59pm

Mark Walker
Apr-01-2006, 8:20pm
No 'April foolishness' on THAT mandolin! #What a beauty! #Wonderful job Jim! Love that tortoise-shell look binding! #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Apr-02-2006, 1:05am
"Mellow" is a good word for this sweetheart. Beautiful job, Jim!


Brad Weiss
Apr-02-2006, 7:26am
Jim, you consistently produce the prettiest bindings I've seen. Lovely.

Stanley Cox
Apr-02-2006, 8:35am
Jim, To quote "Red Knuckles of the Trailblazers", Mighty fine-- Mighty fine--.

Stanley http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif

Skip Kelley
Apr-03-2006, 6:23am
Jim, that is a beautiful mandolin! Your work is always consistently amazing!!

Apr-03-2006, 6:40am
I'm gonna go against the 'grain'...sorry, but is that the best you got?

oh wait, it's 03-April, I thought it was the first http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Apr-03-2006, 9:19am

I'm begging you, begging I say - this has got to stop!


Apr-03-2006, 11:26am
Beautiful- I can't say as I favor the tortoise binding on the black finger rest, nor can I figure out what else would work on that mando.
Someone will be delighted.

Jim Hilburn
Apr-03-2006, 12:05pm
JG, it didn't translate in the photo's, but the pickguard is actually tortoise on tortoise but the binding is more tortoisy than the pickguard material. I tried to get an up-close shot of it, but it was out of focus. I'll try again later.

Apr-03-2006, 1:10pm
Boy, Jim, if that's all the better I could do, I'd just quit...

... quit my job, build mandolins, and torture the MAS-afflicted with more pictures of gorgeous luthiery. Nicely done!

Jim Hilburn
Apr-03-2006, 1:27pm
I posted this shot in "show off your backside, but I don't think very many saw it.
This is the back from the angle that really shows off the flame.

Apr-03-2006, 3:51pm
WOW Jim,I'm ALWAYS ready to see pics of your latest. Blown away......again.

Apr-04-2006, 10:11pm
I've gotta say that these Hillburn's are some of the most beautiful Mando's I have ever seen ....If they sound even 1/2 as good as they look , they would be an instrument to be recon'd with ......Very nice indeed !!....Jim

Neil Dean
Apr-06-2006, 3:15am

From your pictures, It is hard for me to imagine any room for refinement in the design of the modern F-5. I hope that someday I have the opportunity to play one of your mandolins firsthand. Best of luck to you and keep up the fine work..


Apr-27-2006, 10:12pm
Jim, Are there any Hillburn mandolins in or near Connecticut? I would surely like to hear one up close.

Apr-28-2006, 9:13am
I strung this on up today. Hope you like it.
Nope, don't like it. #(Wish I owned it!) http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Apr-28-2006, 8:18pm
mandoh--if you read the threads on Hilburn #38 you'll see how I feel about that mandolin. I live in northwestern CT.