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Jim Hilburn
Feb-03-2005, 2:39pm
Took a while but here it is.

Jim Hilburn
Feb-03-2005, 2:46pm
Top close-up.

Jim Hilburn
Feb-03-2005, 2:47pm

Jim Hilburn
Feb-03-2005, 2:49pm

Lane Pryce
Feb-03-2005, 2:49pm
Dang Jim.Beautiful mandolin.I am always amazed when you guys post your pics.What are the specs on this one? Lp

Daniel Nestlerode
Feb-03-2005, 2:50pm
Get the pills ma! My MAS is actin' up agin and I ain't got the dough fer it! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Beautiful. Just beautiful.


Jim Hilburn
Feb-03-2005, 2:50pm
Back close-up

Jim Hilburn
Feb-03-2005, 2:52pm
Back scroll

Jim Hilburn
Feb-03-2005, 2:54pm
and headstock

Kevin K
Feb-03-2005, 3:00pm
Boy that's nice work.

Feb-03-2005, 3:40pm
That is beautiful Jim. As always I am quite impressed.

Steven Stone
Feb-03-2005, 3:51pm
If you like the way this mando looks, you should hear how it sounds. Even feshly strung up this has wonderful tone, volume, and playability. I've attached a pic of it sitting next to my Hilburn #21 and Gibson Varnish Fern on Jim's couch. # 33 is the onw without a pick in the fretboard. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Feb-03-2005, 3:59pm
Superb work, as always. I think the sunburst on your mandos are some of the very best I've ever seen, and the peghead and scroll work is fantastic. Love to hear one some time -- will there be a Hillburn traveling to Wintergrass?

Jim Hilburn
Feb-03-2005, 4:10pm
I don't think there's much chance that I'll make W.G. this year, but maybe Fuzzy will show up.
Let me post a couple of more of the Bill James/Axiom tailpiece. This is the answer to a lot of prayers, and after a run of 10 of the Price t.p's that you have to hook the strings on the underside, this is so easy to string, damps the strings, is totally solid and no way it can rattle. Just brilliant.

Jim Hilburn
Feb-03-2005, 4:13pm
And the engraving! Bill has been a dream to work with.
Here it is with the top flipped.

Feb-03-2005, 4:31pm
Is Fuzzy a person or a mandolin?

I have yet to see one, but the James tailpiece looks like the new standard. I have a mandolin coming soon which will sport one of these tailpieces, and I look forward to seeing how it works. I bet I'll love it.

El Rey del Mando
Feb-03-2005, 5:50pm
All I can say is, that is the best looking fern inlay in the world.


Feb-03-2005, 7:19pm
Beatiful... That is a nice mando. I love the finish on that. And i agree that is some of the best Sunburst i have ever saw.

Feb-03-2005, 7:29pm
Beautiful work Jim .
I think you make about the classiest mando out there.
Just recieved my Bill James tailpiece and could'nt
be happier with it.

Scotti Adams
Feb-03-2005, 7:47pm
Congrats Jim on another fine looking piece....you are a force to be reckoned with..

Chris Baird
Feb-04-2005, 12:00am
Jim, extremely nice. Wanna trade for a gaggle of flat tops? I'll be switching over to the James tailpiece as well, seems to be the best design out there.

Feb-04-2005, 12:02am
That is an amazing smooth finish. Very well done!

Feb-05-2005, 12:05pm


Jim, you are KILLING me!


How 'bout that tailpiece, is Bill selling these?

Scotti Adams
Feb-05-2005, 12:36pm
yup.. bill@inlayinc.com they are a great piece..

(post edited by Scott T. to reflect Bill's new email address)

Mandolin Enthusiast
Feb-19-2005, 11:55am
I played it the first day it was strung... and again last night. #Another home run! #Nice work Jim!
--Drew #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif