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    Does anyone here know that mandolin?
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    Only a Givson is good enough.

    I think it's one of their electric models. It might not be available in that color this year.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Why do we call these things mandolins?

    They have the wrong number of strings and the wrong tuning. We might as well call an electric ukulele and electric mandolin.
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    I can't speak to the video because it's blocked where I work but the one in the picture above has 8 strings. Tuning I have no idea.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ Doland View Post
    Why do we call these things mandolins?

    They have the wrong number of strings and the wrong tuning. We might as well call an electric ukulele and electric mandolin.
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I can't speak to the video because it's blocked where I work but the one in the picture above has 8 strings. Tuning I have no idea.
    PJ obviously rules out the 8-string, and even that rightfully forgotten user of alternate tunings... what's his name? Oh, yeah... Bill Monroe! *laugh*
    Playing a no-point 14-fret-to-the-body oval-hole with scroll, a Flatiron 1SH mandola (original owner), a McNally Ukulele Strumstick in CGDA mandola tuning, a McNally 4-string Chromatic Strumstick in GDAE octave mandolin tuning, and rocking my six-course, unison-tuned 12-string Ovation mandophone/extended cittern in CGDAEB Full Fifths Tuning...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Only a Givson is good enough.

    I think it's one of their electric models. It might not be available in that color this year.
    OH BUT ITS NOT A GIVSON.... Its a Grason!!! I thought it was a Givson too but I let the video run a few minutes ... Check at 1:39, you can clearly see the label on the upper bout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soliver View Post
    OH BUT ITS NOT A GIVSON.... Its a Grason!!! I thought it was a Givson too but I let the video run a few minutes ... Check at 1:39, you can clearly see the label on the upper bout.
    You can buy one here.

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    And here are their acoustic mandolins. I like the looks of the MANDOLIN - ROSE WOOD (F-Hole):

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    I can't see the video, only the image from here and after looking at Jim's pictures I'm pretty sure those puppies came out of the same factory.

    I've been wrong before.
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    Yep, it has 8 strings and it's Grason.

    Maybe the kid is more from the Snehashish Mozumder school than the U Srinivas school, I dunno ...

    And I guess the Givson folks heard that Gibson was going bankrupt, so they decided they'd rather be mistaken for a Duke basketball player.
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    Here's the logo. Nice fire engine red. I am sure that color is the most collectible of all the Grason line. Pre-CBS.

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    Definitely the same company as Givson. Same model name, too.

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    Perhaps they should have named this line the Eviphone.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Electric mandolin indians

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Perhaps they should have named this line the Eviphone.


    Don’t you love the strangely elongated headstock?

    Since we’re talking Mandolins here it could be:

    A Givchrist?
    A Colvings?
    A Ratviff?
    A Sliverangel?
    An Elvis?
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    A Givchrist?
    A Colvings?
    A Ratviff?
    A Sliverangel?
    An Elvis?
    I'll take one Ratviff and one Elvis, next-day shipping please. Thanks.

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    Designed by Gumby(he did that Gibson with the melted scroll)
    Smurfs like them too

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    Fine playing and it seems to blend with trad Indian musical instruments nicely.

    Good to see the mandolin pushing boundaries and cultures.

    Thanks for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denman John View Post
    Fine playing and it seems to blend with trad Indian musical instruments nicely.

    Good to see the mandolin pushing boundaries and cultures.

    Thanks for sharing
    In spite of all the funnin’ and “Givson” jokes I actually agree with you there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denman John View Post
    Fine playing and it seems to blend with trad Indian musical instruments nicely.

    Good to see the mandolin pushing boundaries and cultures.
    I agree.

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    He can play and it's captivating music. Looks like a mandolin to me. I would like to know the tuning.
    And, I dare any one of you to sit like that for 7 minutes and then try to get up quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billhay4 View Post
    He can play and it's captivating music. Looks like a mandolin to me. I would like to know the tuning.
    Bill
    It *is* a mandolin, in GDAD tuning low to high.
    Playing a no-point 14-fret-to-the-body oval-hole with scroll, a Flatiron 1SH mandola (original owner), a McNally Ukulele Strumstick in CGDA mandola tuning, a McNally 4-string Chromatic Strumstick in GDAE octave mandolin tuning, and rocking my six-course, unison-tuned 12-string Ovation mandophone/extended cittern in CGDAEB Full Fifths Tuning...

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