View Full Version : My modest Jam Master

Jan-30-2010, 4:33pm
Here is Jam Master F #89 that I got from the mandoline store several months ago.....signed by David Harvey.......July 8, 2009......

I play it about every day...and this past week it woke up....love it....



Jan-30-2010, 4:52pm
Man, that looks great...glad it's coming of age for you!

I really, really like the look of those, and while Gibson had never really been on my realistic wish list, a JM has crept in there, especially as a few are starting to pop up used. Not many, yet, which also tells me folks are likin' 'em...


barry k
Jan-30-2010, 11:10pm
Bring it to Randy Woods shop in Bloomingdale any given Saturday after 12:00 and give it a workout in our Jam. Your only 20 minutes away.

Ken Olmstead
Jan-30-2010, 11:28pm
There are no "modest" mandolins as far as I am concerned! It looks sweet!

Earl Gamage
Feb-01-2010, 10:44am
Nice. Looks like you could stay happy with that one a mighty long time.

Feb-01-2010, 10:49am
Congratulations! Looks like a keeper.

Feb-01-2010, 7:13pm
Thanks everyone.....that's a collings strap on it.....I think it brightened it up a bit....:-)....

Ok kidding......but that was funny right there.....to me anyway.....

Jason Kindall
Feb-01-2010, 7:44pm
Looks pretty sweet to me!

Something about those Gibby JamMasters just screams "workhorse". Very cool.

Phil Vinyard
Feb-01-2010, 9:42pm
OK, I bite. Everybody talks about which number Jam Master they got and I'm not sure where they're picking that up.

Mine has a decal in the "e" f-hole saying it was approved May 13th, 2009 and signed by David W. Harvey. The decal in the "g" f-hole hole says it is a F-Std and number 90513020.

So do I have number 20?

It would really just be icing on the cake. I love the thing and wouldn't trade it for the world! The day I bought it from Morgan Music in Lebanon, MO I sat and played every mandolin in the place. The Jam Master just plain sounded better than even the more expensive ones. I've also got huge hands (I can palm a basketball, no problem) and the wider & radiused fretboard makes a big difference. And it's just plain loud. Somehow the sound really projects and I can hold my own in a jam.

Not sure what Gibson is up to by introducing these. I'd think it could cut into their upper-end market. But I'm glad they did it, and wouldn't hesitate to make the same purchase again.

Feb-01-2010, 11:16pm
OK....words are worth 1000 pictures.....oops..the other way round....#89 is clearly visible on mine....

here are pictures of where I get it....

E or treble hole.....:


G or Bass hole.....:


Phil Vinyard
Feb-02-2010, 7:12pm
For some sick, ego fed reason I can't drop the whole number thing.

Just sent the guys at Gibson an e-mail with your picture, and then pictures of my labels. Since mine is dated May 13th, I'm assuming it was a very early one. Built maybe before they got the idea to specifically number them on the labels.

I had asked them earlier and they confirmed it was in the first 100, but we'll see if I can get them to be more specific.

Feb-02-2010, 7:49pm
They look so sweeeeeeeeeeeeeettttttttt

Feb-04-2010, 11:25pm
I think everybody on the Cafe is happy when someone finds an instrument that floats their boat. I think these days we have unprecedented choices at every level.

Feb-05-2010, 12:10am
I like it.....