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moxledb
Jan-31-2005, 4:55pm
Here's a few shots of Adam's new Sim Daley mandolin. He took delivery last Thursday and played a fantastic show Friday night at the Station Inn with Mountain Heart. A basic rundown of the specs: red suburst with satin lacquer finish, white binding, fern headstock inlay, flat & abbreviated fingerboard with MOP dot inlay, Engleman spruce top. Great sounding mandolin...especially when Adam plays it!

Darin Moxley

moxledb
Jan-31-2005, 4:58pm
Here's another:

moxledb
Jan-31-2005, 4:59pm
Last one. Sim should have more shots up on his website soon.

ronlane3
Jan-31-2005, 5:08pm
Now if I could just talk Adam into sending me his signature model Gibson.

Bob Sayers
Jan-31-2005, 10:22pm
It shares many of the same appointments as the Gibson Wayne Benson model (my favorite): red satin lacquer finish, white binding, fern inlay. Nice!

Bob

Bradley
Feb-01-2005, 6:31am
[QUOTE]It shares many of the same appointments as the Gibson Wayne Benson model (my favorite): red satin lacquer finish, white binding, fern inlay. Nice!

Yes, and it has a similar burst(small) like the Steffey Model Gibson and the neck extension or lack of is also like the Steffey Gibson.

I find it ironic that he chose a flat fingerboard though as his last few mandos were radiused....but hey when you are the Man I guess it doesnt matter.

Beautiful piece of work.
http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Jonathan James
Feb-01-2005, 7:04am
Sim seems to be developing some good buzz with his work. I saw somewhere that Butch B. is playing a Sim as well now...

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 9:03am
So does this mean Adam has jumped fences?....interesting....Daly does make one fine mando thats for sure....I cant help but wonder why it was built to look like his signature model.....from a distance it will look like his Gibson.

Lane Pryce
Feb-01-2005, 9:27am
I think it clearly speaks to the talents of Mr.Daley to have Adam Stephy playing one of his F5's.Nothing more and nothing less. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif Lp

mandoman4807
Feb-01-2005, 9:42am
e....I cant help but wonder why it was built to look like his signature model.....from a distance it will look like his Gibson.


All I see out there these days, are independent builders trying to reinvent the wheel http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sleepy.gif

IMHO.



Darrell

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 9:46am
well...some of them are....there is only so much one can do to the classic F5 style and not take away from its beauty.

f5joe
Feb-01-2005, 9:52am
e....I cant help but wonder why it was built to look like his signature model.....from a distance it will look like his Gibson.


All I see out there these days, are independent builders trying to reinvent the wheel http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sleepy.gif

IMHO.



Darrell
I've said this before: The classic F5 is equivalent, conceptually, to the Stradivarius violin. It's hard to improve on the design.

I do, however, also appreciate those trying to develop a new concept. But ............... look at my stable and you'll only see Gibson F5 clones. What can I say?

moxledb
Feb-01-2005, 10:00am
So does this mean Adam has jumped fences?....interesting....Daly does make one fine mando thats for sure....I cant help but wonder why it was built to look like his signature model.....from a distance it will look like his Gibson.
I suppose you could consider the fence jumped. As far as looking like his Gibson signature model, though, I would contend that it's rather different. The Gibson model was a very small tobacco-shaded burst--nearly a blackface--with a gloss lacquer finish, whereas the Daley is a red burst with a satin finish. The Gibson has a fleur-de-lis headstock inlay whereas the Daley has Sim's own take on a fern inlay (which is really cool looking, btw). Ivoroid binding on the Gibson, white binding on the Daley. The abbreviated fingerboard is similar, but that's about the only similarity other than the obvious things like both are F styles, etc. No mistaking the red burst for the ultra small burst on the Gibson Steffey model though.

Darin Moxley

Kevin K
Feb-01-2005, 10:17am
Darin,

Is this tone bar or x-braced engelman top? What is it strung with? J74's or 5's? Thanks for sharing the pictures.

moxledb
Feb-01-2005, 10:23am
Darin,

Is this tone bar or x-braced engelman top? What is it strung with? J74's or 5's? Thanks for sharing the pictures.
It's tone bar braced...not sure about the strings though.

Darin

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 12:41pm
Thanks Darin for the clarification.....it is one purtty mando...thats fer sure..

mandoJeremy
Feb-01-2005, 4:45pm
You know Robert, that is the first thing I thought of when I saw these pics...looks very similar to the Benson model.

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 4:47pm
..the only thing that looks like the Benson model is the actual type of finish...the color is dead on Steffey model.

Feb-01-2005, 5:17pm
Beatiful mando there. I love that finish on it. I bet that sound is great on that thing.

Tom C
Feb-01-2005, 5:34pm
The color of the Steffey is tobacco with a real dark sunburt. The Benson model is red w/no burst on the back.
Compliments of Gibson....
Steffey
http://www.gibson.com/products/oai/mandolins/images/steffey.jpg
Benson
http://www.gibson.com/products/oai/mandolins/images/benson.jpg

Bradley
Feb-01-2005, 7:41pm
Heres my Steffey for comparisons

Rick Crenshaw
Feb-01-2005, 10:37pm
I was at Sim's shop playing MY mandolin in the white this Saturday just a few days after Adam Steffey had picked up his mandolin from Sim. #Sim was just beaming that Adam chose Sim to build him a mandolin. #BTW, the mandolin was not gratis, but a regular commission. #Sim told me that Adam had made the decisions on most of the appointments.

My mandolin has the same abbreviated f/b style, though my f/b is unbound and I have a very minimal 12" radius. #You almost cannot tell it is radiused. #I almost went with a flat board. #I have the Gibson sized wire. #I ordered a Standard which is the basic model. #Unbound headstock, top bound only on body, unbound board. #But, there is nothing wanting in the tone of this mandolin. #

I am going with the satin finish and a burst style similar to Steffey's. #I told Sim that he could let the mandolin speak to him as to the color burst (orange to red) I told Sim I would not be disappointed if I picked up a mandolin the same color as Mr. Steffey's. #I'm very hyped about this mandolin. #Sim was extremely pleased with the tone and volume of this mandolin. #A 'real honker' as he put it. #I asked for a bluegrass tone monster and he truly delivered.

The only way you'll be able to tell me from Adam Steffey in a bluegrass jam is that my mandolin won't have binding on the headstock or the fern (I went with Sim's style flowerpot). #Well, that and the fact that you will actually be drawn to Adam Steffey's mandolin playing!!!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Sleepless in Memphis
Rick http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

moxledb
Feb-02-2005, 1:02pm
I find it ironic that he chose a flat fingerboard though as his last few mandos were radiused....but hey when you are the Man I guess it doesnt matter.
CORRECTION: I just double checked this with Sim, and the fingerboard on Adam's mandolin actually has a 12" radius. I seemed to remember that it was flat when I played it in the white, but I was mistaken. Just to set the record straight....

Darin Moxley

mandoJeremy
Feb-03-2005, 1:48am
Thank you Tom and Bradley. I knew I wasn't wrong on my colors....maybe certain people should have their eyes checked for color blindness.

Scotti Adams
Feb-03-2005, 8:23am
Jeremy I know the colors arent the same between the 2....my whole point was that from a distance they look real close...and by the way...I am colored blind....was handed down to me from my mothers father....Ive learned to deal with it.