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    So this one's been a few years in the making but finally done. the current plan is to hang onto it for a while.
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    Gorgeous Jim, looks like a banjo killer too!

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    Jim, your mandolin looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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    Jim: if you really want to hold onto it for a while, you either will have to make it uglier or refrain from posting photos.

    Thatís a real beauty.
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    As always, a great-looking axe! I can't believe I've never played one!

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    How can someone build such an amazing instrument?!?
    Thank you for posting such a beauty!
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    Very nice. Love the headstock inlay. Let's hope Demetrius does not see this.
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    OO-OO La La!

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    Very nice. Love the headstock inlay.
    Very nice. And for some reason, that inlay reminds me of Betty Boop!

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    Jim, it's gorgeous!
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    Spectacular!

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    Nice work, Jim!

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    Spectacular! Hope I get to pick a few tunes on it in May.
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    Very nice. And for some reason, that inlay reminds me of Betty Boop!
    Had a similar thought: where have I seen that before? Very nice, as always, Jim.

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    The story of the inlay is that I had a Stew-Mac Vintage Guitar calendar from 1997 and this is one of the pages. I've seen an A-3 up close since but never had back then. So this was what I came up with from looking at it on that page.
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    Default Re: Hilburn #66

    So which of those mandolins doesn't belong with the others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hilburn View Post
    So which of those mandolins doesn't belong with the others?
    The one with odd number of points? (and no elevated pickguard).

    Great work Jim, BTW.
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    I'd guess the 2-pointer on the left.

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    The calendar lists these mandolins as a 1908 F-2, a 1916 F-2, a 1927 A-3 and a 1959 A-5.
    The A-5 is very curious because it appears to have the same peghead and fingerboard as the early 70's F-5's but unlike the 70's models it has a 12th fret crosspiece and appears not to be elevated. But I would think a '59 would be a cherry red with the block Gibson inlay.
    I think I'll start a thread on this subject over in Vintage.
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    It looks like Gibson employees were grabbing parts off the shelf and mashing them together.
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    Bring it to Geo's
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    Really nice Jim. I love your headstock shape and inlay. Give us a listen!

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    No one wants to hear me play it. Maybe I can get some video of Don playing it in a couple of weeks.

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    I look forward to hearing it and playing it.
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    I recorded Whiskey on my old Olympusmp3 recorder and I think its going to play. Let's see.
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