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    Default A Jay Roberts 8-string!!!???

    Someone sent me these photos. Says the mandolin belonged to her dad, a touring musician from Livermore, California. I'm inclined to think this is the work of Jay Roberts, who made pedal steels before he started building his famous Tiny Moore 5-string mandolins, and that it most likely predates the Tinys. Never seen a Roberts 8-string before, nor indeed any e-mando quite like this one.

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    Very cool Martin. So, are they selling it?
    Chief. Way up North. Gibson 1917 A model with pickup. JL Smith 5 string electric. 1929 National Triolian resonator mandolin with pickup. National RM 1 with pickup. Ovation Applause. Fender FM- 60 E 5 string electric (with juiced pickups). 1950's Gibson EM-200 electric mandolin. 1954 Gibson EM-150 electric mandolin. Custom made "Jett Pink" 5 string electric- Bo Diddley slab style. Jay Roberts Tiny Moore model 5 string electric.

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    Wow! Batman's electric mandolin, from the looks of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief View Post
    Very cool Martin. So, are they selling it?
    Ha! Don't I wish. She said she was asking for insurance purposes. I told her it's irreplaceable, but if it were mine I'd insure it for $4K. We'll find out if she decides to keep it or put it on the block.
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    That's nice looking and red is my favorite color
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    Too cool for skool, Martin. Thanks for sharing!!

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    oops.
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    Default Re: A Jay Roberts 8-string!!!???

    Almost has a Mosrite look to it.
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    Default Re: A Jay Roberts 8-string!!!???

    Quote Originally Posted by F-2 Dave View Post
    Almost has a Mosrite look to it.
    It does indeed. Mosrite meets Harmony Batwing.
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    Confirmation: I heard from one of Jay Roberts' offspring that Jay confirmed this is one of his. He built six of them before moving on to the Tiny Moore 5-strings.

    Jay is still alive at 89. (I was uncertain as to whether he was still with us.)
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