View Full Version : Another new Vessel

Apr-11-2006, 9:38pm
Here are the rest of the pics. All comments are welcome. It is playing like a dream and sounds as good as I had hoped.

Apr-11-2006, 9:39pm

Apr-11-2006, 9:40pm
The 1923 tailpiece cover is on it's way

Apr-11-2006, 9:41pm
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Apr-11-2006, 9:42pm

Apr-11-2006, 9:43pm

Apr-11-2006, 9:45pm
some of the shots where done out of a studio and are a little red.The first few are more accurate.

Apr-11-2006, 9:46pm
two more

Apr-11-2006, 9:47pm
last one

oldwave maker
Apr-12-2006, 8:20am
Gary- shiny new toy afficionados may not get it, but you might be the only mandoluthier having even more fun than me! that butt end shot captures a feb18 '24 I know well. Hope you still have it when I get up there in july for a test smell, er, drive. Do you give antiqueing workshops?

Apr-12-2006, 8:23am
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LOL! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Darryl Wolfe
Apr-12-2006, 8:26am
You forgot the dried up masking tape on the treble side.

Seriously, I'm impressed Gary. Tell us about the tailpiece base.

Apr-12-2006, 9:27am
Is this the new Bill Monroe "beater" model?

Apr-12-2006, 9:33am
Excellent reproduction. I bet that was fun to work on.

Jim M.
Apr-12-2006, 9:43am
Looks like a million bucks! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Seriously, great job!

Apr-12-2006, 10:26am
Thanks guys.Bill you know that's been my goal ever since we met,to have more fun than you. That's the greatest complement of all.Darryl, the cover is coming,hopefully today, from the gentleman who ordered the mando. He bought it on ebay I believe and was told it's a '23 ?? I haven't seen it.The base is new and I aged it a little,I hope the new and old fit together ok. The mando will be living in PA, so sorry Bill it won't be around in July.A workshop for antiqueing would be fun,I have developed a few techniques from years faking up fiddles and have taught several young fiddle makers.Since I can't get Big Mon's personal endorsement, I think I'll call it my dissatisfied costumer model. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif Seriously guys, Thanks for your kind words. When it arrives to the new owner I hope he'll add his words about it too.

Apr-12-2006, 10:29am
Gary, you musta been playin' the h3ll out of that thing... it looks wore out! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif Great work... very cool! Do have any plans to bring it up to Salt Lake? It would be great to hear it in person. I got a chance to test drive one of your recent F-5s at the Wednesday BG jam a couple weeks ago... wonderful mando!

P.S. Don't let any Gibson lawyers see that flowerpot! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Paul Doubek

Apr-12-2006, 10:50am
Thanks,I won't be able to get it to SLC,sorry.You'll have to trust that it's working fine, or order one for yourself. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Apr-12-2006, 10:57am
Don't forget to scribble that phone number on the top!

Apr-12-2006, 11:12am
So many details that I missed I know I know I know.I wonder how many impressions of his own signature are on the back of the original. When he gave me the first of many autographs he simply turned over his priceless axe and used it like a clipboard. I was 13 and thought that was the coolest thing ever.

Apr-12-2006, 12:59pm
...I think I'll call it my dissatisfied customer model.

Maybe you could include a free fire-poker with every one sold.


Daniel Nestlerode
Apr-12-2006, 1:02pm
Gary brought this to our Friday jam last week. #WOW. #About blew off the back of my head. #I want one, I don't care what it looks like! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif
Warning: don't touch this mandolin unless you want to experience some serious MAS.

BTW, I have to say, it's really nice to have a Gary in the area. #It's a real treat to see what he's come up with!


Scotti Adams
Apr-12-2006, 5:28pm
Thats a real looker for sure.....Id like to have it myself. Great job.

Apr-12-2006, 10:09pm
Thanks guys. The fire place poker only comes with my pissed off lover model http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Apr-13-2006, 9:45am
Now that looks awesome. Talk about a conversation starter. Can you imagine walking into a bluegrass jam with that?

Apr-13-2006, 10:08am
Hey Gary, Bill Monroe called, he wants his mandolin back!

Apr-13-2006, 10:46am
The tailpiece cover arrived yesterday along with it's Paganoni case. Now it's done.

Apr-13-2006, 10:49am
last one

Daniel Nestlerode
Apr-13-2006, 11:02am
Now that looks awesome. #Talk about a conversation starter. #Can you imagine walking into a bluegrass jam with that?
Lucky for me I don't have to! Talk a bout a conversation starter! Our playing time to jawing time ratio dropped by at least half!

But like I said, it was a real treat. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

And now the MAS is really itching bad. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif


Apr-13-2006, 12:24pm
I'm just up the road. You don't have to twist my arm too hard to start one for you too. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Just joking. I appreciate your kind words.It's getting sent away today to it's new home. But don't worry there will be more coming. I need to do some violin work this month but then it's back to the mando's.

Apr-19-2006, 5:35pm
Hey guys,
I'm the person who asked Gary to build the 'Faux Monroe' and wanted to share with everyone my experience working with Gary.
First of all, the mandolin sounds and plays great...It's without a doubt the best sounding brand new mandolin that I've ever owned. As far it's appearance, well I'd have to say that he sure got it 'right', and the pics that he's posted tell you a lot.
I received the 'Dissatisfied Customer Model',<g>, on Friday, and I'm just now coming up for air...been playing it in so that it feels like mine.
I bought a new mandolin from John Monteleone in 1977 and still have it, and I'd have to say that judging from this mandolin, that I'd expect Gary to also be a major name in the years to come.
Please PM me if you'd like more info on the project. It was a BLAST!

Apr-19-2006, 10:21pm
RichieK, congrats on your new mandolin. That mandolin looks awesome! Have you taken it to a jam session yet? I bet it will get the attention. Any chance of you making some sound clips? I would love to hear it, and would love even more to own one just like it. Take care and enjoy!

Apr-22-2006, 9:26pm

That's amazing. I sure wish it would have made it up to SLC for a jam or two. I'm sure it sounds as good, if not better than the last several.


Apr-22-2006, 10:10pm
I'll bet that was a ball putting it together.

Well done!


Apr-24-2006, 12:38am
Sam and Ron,
Thanks. Sam I wish I could've taken it to slc too but had no time. How's yours doing Sam? Miss you guys at the old jam, but things in CA are great.Hello to everyone for me.Thanks

Apr-25-2006, 7:19pm
Gary, My mandolin is wonderful. I feel so lucky every time I open the case. I am becoming a much better player because of it, whatever that is supposed to mean.


jim simpson
May-17-2006, 9:27am
Brothers and Sisters, I want to testify! Last night RichieK brought his new Faux Monroe mandolin to the jam and wow!, it was all that and more. Gary Vessel is to be complemented for such an incredible job on the finish and sound. The smallest details were really thought out. The sound of the instrument is just as impressive as the look. It has a played in deep woody sound yet a defined clarity on the high end. I know Richie has probably already played it in for the short time he's had it. It is funny to know that it is a new instrument but one's eyes and ears say otherwise. Congratulations to Richie on such a great and unique instrument and to Gary Vessel for creating it.

May-17-2006, 1:34pm
Thanks a bunch.Glad you had a chance to hear and play it.It was a lot of fun to build.

May-18-2006, 3:53pm
I was at the aformentioned jam with Jim. I can't say I'm a big fan of faux distressing an instrument. BUT that mando has mucho tone. I didn't get to play it being this was my first time meeting RichieK, I didn't want intrude on him. But listening to Jim and RichieK play I could tell the mandolin was something special. MAS was starting to flare up...

May-18-2006, 6:24pm
Ray, I make non faux too http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Seriously though, thanks for the compliment