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    I posted this photo from a calendar I have in the thread on my new mandolin because I had used it to get my inlay from the A-3. But it occurred to me what an oddball mandolin the 2 point seems to be.
    They say it's a 59 but nothing about it looks remotely '59. The neck is clearly a 70's F-5. But an A-5 from the 70's should be a lumper. Google Gibson A-5 and nothing like this shows up. Wondering what others think.
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    I concur, that’s 69-72 to my little eye.
    The “double bubble” truss rod cover is kind of interesting too.
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    I'm thinking it was probably a Jethro Burns model A5

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/s...son-A-5-Jethro

    They were still building them in 69

    https://reverb.com/item/6551956-gibs...1CvD_BwE&pla=1

    Not too far a stretch to get to those 70's inlays. Maybe a custom order? Who knows.
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    If I buy one, will I sound like Jethro?

    Actually, I play mandolin more like Homer than Jethro . . . that's why I named one of my mandolins 'Homer'.
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    Homer?
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    Looks to me like his right hand is trying to finger a 'D' chord . . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    Looks to me like his right hand is trying to finger a 'D' chord . . . .
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    The 50's A5s tended to be less reddish in color and that's what I see in this one. I suspect it's a '59 by the serial no. and neck was broken and it got a new neck in the mid 70's. yes the A5 was discontinued by late 1970 to make room for the new lumpy scroll A5.

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    Must admit I hadn't considered a re-neck. Here's a Taka that's clearly 70's but like all of those, no crosspiece.
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    Pretty nice sunburst though.
    Was it a Taka, but not a Mine?

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