View Full Version : Ugliest mandolin on Earth?

May-14-2004, 11:20am
I never thouht a mandolin could be this ugly. (http://www.mandolincafe.com/cgi-bin/classifieds/classifieds.cgi?search_and_display_db_button=on&db_id=9710&query=retrieval) Does somebody know what it is? I didnīt find it at the vintageinstruments site.

May-14-2004, 11:28am
almost looks like the "Duck"

May-14-2004, 11:29am
Hmm... they should have never asked Salvador Dalí for his A-style blueprints. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

May-14-2004, 11:30am
The day I recieved my bending iron I practiced bending wood for hours. I threw most of the pieces away. It appears as though they were salvaged from the landfill and used on this mandolin.

Strado Len
May-14-2004, 12:15pm

How about this one?

Coy Wylie
May-14-2004, 12:20pm
What about that checkerboard model that stayed on ebay forever?

May-14-2004, 12:52pm
owsley- isn't that the dude who made all the acid for the acid tests during the 60s in the bay area- i didn't know he made mandos during the parties.........

May-14-2004, 9:49pm
You are right Ira! Looks like a Timothy Leary Orange Sunshine Burst on the front, and a purple Owsley micro finish on the back!

May-15-2004, 1:21am
http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif im havin a flashback http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

London Al
May-15-2004, 4:54pm
Poor Orville Gibson, He's going to be rollin in his grave if he knows about that Owsley creation.

May-15-2004, 5:00pm

London Al
May-15-2004, 5:16pm
All hail Orville's genius!

May-31-2004, 10:26am
hold on a minute! i like that last mando!

May-31-2004, 10:39am
Y'know... what that thing really needs to set it off is a scooped fretboard.

BTW - must've been a sale on bone nut material the week that thing was built... y'think??

Ted Eschliman
May-31-2004, 11:23am
Bad thing about that last one, take a closer look:
Wife would always be yelling at me for leaving it up after flushing...

London Al
May-31-2004, 5:59pm
It's a good thing Lloyd Loar wasn't a plumber then eh Ted.
And please folks, respect for Orville.....even when he did put cherubs on the pick guard.

Tim Saxton
May-31-2004, 8:38pm
I wonder where the carb is on that bong?

Tim http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Oct-21-2012, 11:03am
I'll bet that neck never warped.

Oct-21-2012, 11:04am
The last post was about the Lyre-shaped mandolin.

Jim Rowland
Oct-21-2012, 3:21pm
"There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste." Goethe

John Flynn
Oct-21-2012, 4:36pm
That Owsley mandolin has been discussed many times here on the Cafe. I agree it is truly ugly.

However, and I know I will not get a lot of agreement on this, I wonder what the reaction would be if we had never seen an F style mandolin before, it had never been invented until now, and we saw one for the first time. I think people would go, "What is the deal with that? That's awful!"

Jim Garber
Oct-21-2012, 7:43pm
This thread (ending on #17) actually dates back over 8 years ago to 2004. Some of the images are no longer with us. RIP. :-)

Oct-22-2012, 3:14am
Photos please the listing/link has ended.