View Full Version : Early non-Gibson Carved top mandolin

Jim Garber
Jun-11-2004, 2:44pm
Some time ago someone asked about a carved top bowlback. As a joke I put the image together of a ca. 1908 Gibson top on a Vega bowlback (see attached).

Little did I know that this 1910 mandolin (http://www.gruhn.com/features/mando1910/MF4083.html) existed and was at Gruhn's.


Jun-11-2004, 2:49pm
hey, nice photoshop work http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jun-11-2004, 3:18pm
I've played that mandolin now at Gruhn's. It was sold to George by a friend of mine in Iowa City when they convened upon the Ohio Guitar Show one snowy afternoon a couple years ago. It is a very neatly made piece.

Jim Garber
Jun-13-2004, 8:51pm
Do you think that Samuel Siegel had ever played that one? Wasn;t he born in Iowa? Maybe lived there ca. 1910?


Jun-13-2004, 9:11pm
I doubt the piece originated in Iowa. Next I see the ex-owner (probably in ca. 6 months), I'll ask him where he found the piece and what he knows of it. For some reason, I seem to remember him thinking it originated in Germany...but I'm not certain why.