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Apr-09-2006, 6:03pm
Nice, Dale! I like that color.


Dale Ludewig
Apr-09-2006, 6:12pm
Thanks Paula. Picture was too big. I deleted it. I'll try again at a more reasonable size.

Yes, I like the color also.

Another try at a front shot, more reasonably sized:

Dale Ludewig
Apr-09-2006, 6:13pm
That's better. Back:

Dale Ludewig
Apr-09-2006, 6:14pm
One last- closeup of back:

Apr-09-2006, 6:44pm
Great looking, as usual, Mr. Ludewig. I espescially like the way the inlay and headstock shape work together.


Apr-09-2006, 7:53pm
Nice! I like the headstock and the inlays too, as well as the fingerrest. It looks like it needs careful layout to inlay all those letters individually.

Apr-09-2006, 7:56pm
gooooooooooooooooorgeous. that quilted back is way too cool!

Apr-09-2006, 8:44pm
Nice Dale!
Did you really build another one, or just wait for the first one to ripen? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Dale Ludewig
Apr-09-2006, 9:06pm
Well played, John. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
Actually this one was almost done when the "unripened one" was finished. Then a friend decided he wanted this one and wanted it to match a Maybelle (sp?) guitar that he has a special fondness for.

Brad Weiss
Apr-09-2006, 9:13pm
That's about as close to Jethro as you can get without being named Homer (D'oh!!).

QUITE nice! (Howzit sound??)

Michael Gowell
Apr-10-2006, 7:40am
Great design, Dale. #That headstock...hmmm...a little modification and some armor plating would make that perfect for uncapping beer bottles.

Apr-10-2006, 8:16am
I like a pickguard/finger rest that stays clear of the oval hole. It just makes sense to me.

Ted Eschliman
Apr-10-2006, 8:58am
The armrest is yet another nice Ludewig embellishment, typical of his attention to player comfort. Love the virtual tangerine-burst back in the brighter light, too!

Apr-10-2006, 9:49am
Dale, well done indeed !!! Is that a flat board ? what kind of tailpiece is that ??
Nice color too, but after giving me the courage to go bold with the colors, get back to the greens and blues dangit !!!

How about Purple ? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jim Combra

Dale Ludewig
Apr-10-2006, 12:45pm
Thanks all. The fingerboard is a 12" radius. It does sound good. And speaking of color, Jim, the owner of this one just sent me a picture the other day of a purple quilted maple guitar, suggesting that maybe............... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Apr-10-2006, 12:54pm
I'm tellin ya Dale !!

J. Mark Lane
Apr-10-2006, 2:51pm
Hey, wait a minute here! Dale, I think one of your customers may have mentioned the possibility of a purple-burst before....Who might that have been (you get three guesses and the first two don't count)?

Apr-10-2006, 5:00pm
Brad Weiss sez (and asks):

That's about as close to Jethro as you can get without being named Homer (D'oh!!).

QUITE nice! (Howzit sound??)
Greetings mando junkies... As the owner of said mandolin, I can say that it sounds great! Actually, incredible is more like it... Jethro would have loved this instrument!!

I've known Dale since about '68 or so, played much music with him in at least 3 different band configurations over the years, and have had the extreme good fortune and pleasure of playing all of his mandolins (except 2 A-models) in the white and then again when finished. I was on vacation when he did the 2 A's, and for some reason, he just couldn't wait for me to get back before he finished them... something to do with a customer, I think http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

At any rate, having played all of his mandos, when I played his green 2-point oval hole (before it was green, even!), I was blown away... enough so that I ordered one!! I play a real mix of stuff, guitar (finger- & flat-picking), reso, lap steel (Hawaiian, country), and my mando stuff is likewise many styles (fiddle tunes, blues, bluegrass, jazzy stuff, etc.). I have a few old Slingerland and Maybell mandolins in my collection, but that oval hole pushed me over the edge!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Needless to say, I'm a fan of Dale's mandos.

So, I'm playing mando again, having not really done anything serious with it since about 25 yrs. ago, and it's a lot easier now. DK

Apr-10-2006, 5:14pm
Sorry, after i saw the picture of the green one, i wouldn't want any other color! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif That thing was gorgeous.

Dale Ludewig
Apr-10-2006, 5:38pm
Thanks DK.
Yes, Mr. Lane, one of my customers <g> and I had discussed earlier the possibilities of the color purple. But the last I knew, that color scheme was left for some future project. But thanks Mark for reminding me of my failing memory cells. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Oh, yeah- that's a James tailpiece.


Apr-10-2006, 6:38pm
I never met a Ludewig I didn't like. As always, beautiful.

Apr-13-2006, 2:00am
Very nice Dale. Love the quilted back. That's what mine is going to have. Also like how you cut out the pick gaurd to keep it from blocking the sound hole. Nicely Done.

Ken Sager
Apr-13-2006, 2:38am
I love everything about it except:

Wait for it...

...the strap button on the back!

How could you drill a hole through that gorgeous piece of wood?!?!?!! Nice work, Dale.


Kevin Briggs
Apr-13-2006, 7:15am
Looks pretty Dale. Ah, what could have been (mighta' been mine)....