View Full Version : New Lawrence Smart

Jun-12-2004, 4:54pm
I was finally able to put it down long enough to get a camera, learn to use it, then learn to post pictures. Voila!

Jun-12-2004, 4:55pm
cool binding treatment

Jun-12-2004, 4:57pm
This shot is a little dark, but the color should look a bit more like the front.

Jun-12-2004, 5:36pm
This might help....

Jun-12-2004, 7:50pm
Congratulations! As the proud owner of two of Lawrence's mandolins I can tell you that without a doubt you will grow to love your mandolin more and appreciate Lawrence's artistry with every passing day. They are truly amazing and inspirational instruments!!!

Best of luck with it!


Jun-13-2004, 1:55am
Nice looking mandolin Bruce! How's it sound?

Scotti Adams
Jun-13-2004, 7:33am
..very nice...if she sounds as good as she looks then youve got it made...

Jun-13-2004, 9:26am
It ain't mine, Dan...

I was just brightening up the picture for onlyagibsonisgoodenuff
so we could see the maple..

Gotta be able to see that maple... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Onlyagibsonisgoodenuff--is that red maple?

Jun-13-2004, 10:35am
I don't really know much about wood, so I couldn't tell you. The picture of the back isn't much lighter than my picture of it, certainly not as light as the second pic. It's a great sounding mando, being as it's x-braced it sounds great sooner than perhaps a tone-bar mandolin. I will have to play it a lot, though so I'll get maximum enjoyment from it before it goes muddy! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Jun-13-2004, 6:49pm
Lawrence uses a modified x-brace that is really more of a cross between x-bracing and the tone bar approach. I can't speak with any authority about whether or not a true x-braced mandolin truly gets "muddy" sounding over time but I can tell you that neither of my two Smarts sound the least bit muddy. Both have opened up beautifully and really sing. They are spectacular instruments in every sense of the word! I think you're in for a very long, very happy ride with your new ALS! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif


Jun-14-2004, 8:43am
........aparently not only a Gibson is good enough! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jun-14-2004, 9:44am
Actually, of the three F-5's I have, only one is a Gibson. But it's a good one.

Jun-15-2004, 8:16am
Of the three F-5's I have, one is a Lawrence Smart and it's a good one too!


Jun-15-2004, 8:26am
beautiful mandolin... I love that color and sunburst.

Jun-25-2004, 6:17pm
how is that pickguard mounted?

Jonathan James
Jun-26-2004, 7:31am
Looks like mine, which is an abbreviated pickguard that mounts with two small pins in the side of the fretboard. No mounting brackets.

Jun-27-2004, 10:10pm
how is that pickguard mounted?
If you look real close, you can see a little screw just under the pickguard. There is another one about an inch in back of that one.

Jun-29-2004, 11:30am
My Smart's aren't F's....... but two points.......and they sound fabulous!
Check 'em out: http://www.smithfowler.org/music/mandolin/smart/

Tom C
Jun-29-2004, 11:57am
Wow, Nice mandos SternART

Jun-29-2004, 1:07pm
I like the binding treatment, what would you call that double pin-striped?

Top and side?

anyway it looks great...

Jun-29-2004, 6:17pm
Lawrence refers to the binding as "mitered binding". I've never seen binding that comes up to the point, goes across it and then back the other way, forming a box on each side of the points. Also, the binding on the fingerboard has the stripes on the top edge, rather than on the sides of the fingerboard. All, in all, Lawrence builds some pretty cool instruments which have his ingenious trademarks, yet remain very traditional to the casual observer!