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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:36pm
Here at the NAMM show, camera in tow, with a little perspective on the Summer NAMM show here in Nashville, TN. Let me start with what I thought was the hit of the show, the JBovier Mandocaster prototypes. These things sounded like a million bucks (but they will street price for under $1K!). Pictured here is designer and friend, Jeff Cowherd:

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:38pm
JBovier Mandocaster#2 with split pickups. Unbelievable tone! Split pickups:

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:39pm
Good buddy and Cafe favorite Gordon Roberts was as impressed as I was!

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:41pm
Some other JBovier Highlights.

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:42pm
Another high level of coolness, the Eastman Bowlback (finally!)

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:43pm
Sorry, no Eastman DG-3 (Grisman L&H Dola) yet, but another shot of the Bowlback (Sean in the background).

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:44pm
Breedlove:

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:45pm
Collings:

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:46pm
Collings Mandos & new Ukes!

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:47pm
More "familiar" Eastman:

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:48pm
Goldtone:

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:49pm
Interesting mandolin from Haight Custom Guitars. They said the builder only make one of these a year ($6K):

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:52pm
This was a "sleeper" surprise. We ended up buying a few of these for my stores. The mahogany F5 (no binding) lists for $519. Very nice tone; unfortunately, the pictures don't do it justice. Revival mandolins, violins, guitars and ukes:

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:54pm
Cafe Celebrity, "Big" Joe & Josh Vest:


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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:55pm
Obligatory wall of Kentucky:

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:56pm
Only two, Larrivee:

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:56pm
Old Hickory:

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:57pm
Stonebridge:

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 5:58pm
Always interesting, the resonator at The Music Link:

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Ted Eschliman
Jul-17-2009, 6:00pm
Interesting custom electric mandolin at Chafin Custom Guitars:

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Rick Schmidlin
Jul-17-2009, 6:47pm
Thanks Ted for the eye candy.

Jim MacDaniel
Jul-17-2009, 9:09pm
Thank you Ted -- especially for the exciting news on Jeff's mandocaster clones.

BTW, did you get a chance to try out the new Goldtone A+ copy? The description on their web site reads like Pete L was more involved in their design that the 110 copy, so I was wondering if their tone either A) sounds better than the 110 copy, or B) if they do the Rigel design justice for a budget axe.

Jill McAuley
Jul-17-2009, 10:06pm
Thanks for posting all those photos Ted! I really like the look of that Chafin 8-string electric!

Cheers,
Jill

delsbrother
Jul-17-2009, 10:34pm
Neat JBs.. Please tell me you gave him grief over the 9th fret markers!

Can't tell, is the split-pickup model body shape more like a Strat, PRS, or Mosrite? What exactly makes it "split pickup"?

SChase@EastmanStrings
Jul-17-2009, 11:52pm
Good to see you as always Ted!

Ken Olmstead
Jul-18-2009, 12:08am
Good to see you as always Ted!

No Dawg 3 Mandola prototype at NAMM Sean? The shame, the shame! I played it at Mandolin Symposium. I was quite taken with it! It had a really nice sound to go with the cool look! Any idea what it will retail for

Rob Powell
Jul-18-2009, 3:20am
Thanks Ted....I was supposed to be there but crisis at the day job prevented it.

I was more excited about toolin' around Nashville than the show but it looks pretty good!

Fliss
Jul-18-2009, 3:27am
Thanks very much for the wonderful pics.

Those JBovier electric mandos are really cute - I want one!

Fliss

Skip Kelley
Jul-18-2009, 6:22am
Ted, Thanks for the awesome pictures!!!

Ted Eschliman
Jul-18-2009, 7:37am
If anyone is at the show today (Sat), come in to the Educational Sessions at 4:15 where I'll be speaking on panel about "Guitar Discovery," an alternate curriculum for 7-12 year-olds interested in learning to play.

Ken, the reason the DG-3 wasn't there was because the Dawg wasn't ready to give the prototype up! He still has it.

kohaylan
Jul-18-2009, 8:44am
Hi All,
This is an early ,1984 I think without checking, Mike Vanden F5. Simon Mayor plays his mandolins. I love it.
Best Wishes,
Kenny

Jim MacDaniel
Jul-18-2009, 9:27am
Those JBovier electric mandos are really cute...
Fliss -- couldn't you have used a more masculine adjective like "cool" or "awesome"? I don't want to play a "cute" mandolin. ;)

(But I guess they are sort of cute, now that you mention it.)

B. T. Walker
Jul-18-2009, 10:31am
Beautiful. So many fine instruments. I miss NAMM being in Austin as it was the last two years, but I understand why it moved. Jeff's electrics are really sharp. I want one!

Keith Erickson
Jul-18-2009, 9:52pm
Thanks for the pictures!!!! It looks like you had a great time :cool:

JEStanek
Jul-18-2009, 9:58pm
This was a "sleeper" surprise. We ended up buying a few of these for my stores. The mahogany F5 (no binding) lists for $519. Very nice tone; unfortunately, the pictures don't do it justice. Revival mandolins, violins, guitars and ukes:

http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs187.snc1/6260_104930224590_599874590_2019473_3708546_n.jpg

These look similar to the Morgan Monroe MFM-300 except the MM has binding and these don't. Are they made by the same folks, or has another company gone the all mahog route? Either way, those look kinda neat. I bet they have an interesting tone, too.

Jamie

Fliss
Jul-19-2009, 6:47am
Fliss -- couldn't you have used a more masculine adjective like "cool" or "awesome"? I don't want to play a "cute" mandolin. ;)...

:)) Sorry, but they are cute and anyway, I'm a girl!

Fliss

Fliss
Jul-19-2009, 6:49am
Hi All,
This is an early ,1984 I think without checking, Mike Vanden F5. Simon Mayor plays his mandolins. I love it.
Best Wishes,
Kenny

Nice mandolin, I've played one of Mike Vanden's Simon Mayor model mandolins and really liked it. Why don't you start a separate thread about your mando? It's getting a bit lost in this one, and I'm sure more people would enjoy seeing it.

Fliss

Jonathan James
Jul-19-2009, 7:09am
I guess we're going to have to find a new nickname for "Big Joe" based on the recent photos!

mando.player
Jul-19-2009, 7:34am
Ted, any plans for 5-strings from JBovier? I like the maple fretboards...a nice change. If these are coming in at the $800-1000 range, it will be interesting to see how they stack up (half stack or full <groan>) to the current crop of small batch builders out there.

Steevarino
Jul-19-2009, 10:44am
I guess we're going to have to find a new nickname for "Big Joe" based on the recent photos!

True, I have been calling him "Medium Joe" for the past year or so now, since he has lost so much of his former self, and all. Not nearly as cool of a name, but a bit more fitting, these days.

Me, I'll be going back for Round Two of NAMM today, after having a great time yesterday, cruising the booths with a number of friends throughout the day, and a great dinner at the Gerst House lastnight. Today is the day I go back and hone in on what stuff and booths I really want to see.

BTW, Lawson Peets has a booth at the far left corner of the event, and he is giving away "Rowdy Picker" T-Shirts, or so I have been told...

B. T. Walker
Jul-19-2009, 12:53pm
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I wonder if the two Rigels between the ukuleles and the OM could be had for a song at the end of the show, just so the Gold Tone folks don't have to haul them back home? They are a G110 and a A+ Deluxe, both very nice mandolins.

There is a radius-bodied knock-off right behind the OM. Tiny "Gold Tone" on the headstock.

Ivan Kelsall
Jul-20-2009, 1:35am
Many thanks for the photos.Ted,
Ivan

crazymandolinist
Jul-21-2009, 10:33am
Eastman Bowlbacks. Hooray!

Bradley
Jul-21-2009, 4:05pm
Somebody Please tell me why I only see little squares and no pix...I WANT to see these pix ~:>

SChase@EastmanStrings
Jul-22-2009, 12:12pm
I was pretty bummed too when I heard we wouldnt be getting it back in time for the show. On the flip-side, we have time for finishing touches to officially introduce it at Winter NAMM.


No Dawg 3 Mandola prototype at NAMM Sean? The shame, the shame! I played it at Mandolin Symposium. I was quite taken with it! It had a really nice sound to go with the cool look! Any idea what it will retail for

SChase@EastmanStrings
Jul-22-2009, 12:14pm
Eastman Bowlbacks. Hooray!

The bowlbacks have been BIG sellers for us in Japan and I managed to sneek some into the US last year. The response has been really positive. I even have a few in stock at the moment. ;)

Jim Broyles
Jul-26-2009, 10:38am
Neat JBs.. Please tell me you gave him grief over the 9th fret markers!

Can't tell, is the split-pickup model body shape more like a Strat, PRS, or Mosrite? What exactly makes it "split pickup"?

All my stuff has a marker at the 9th fret. Where do you think it should be?

John Flynn
Jul-26-2009, 1:34pm
All my stuff has a marker at the 9th fret. Where do you think it should be?

I assume you are being facetious. As has been discussed here many times, most mandos have the marker at the 10th, in contrast to the guitar tradition, which is at the 9th. It's interesting that Bovier chose to do it one way with acoustic mandolins and another way with electrics. A cursory check of the Eye Candy section indicates that most electric mandolin builders go with the mandolin tradition, although there are a few exceptions.

mandroid
Jul-26-2009, 3:24pm
should be at the 10th 2 fret/semitones lower than the GDAE octave the notes there are FCGD, @ 9th they would be .. EBF#C# ..