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    Default Questin about gibson a and ks

    The body of a A gibson mandolin the same size as a K model body?
    Not sure if this has been asked about in the past.

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    Default Re: Questin about gibson a and ks

    "K" Huh? Do you actually mean a vintage mandolin made by Kay ? Or do you mean a Gibson K model -- which would be a mandocello!

    Some of the 1950's Kay mandolins had two points, with one located on a bulge (where the scroll would be on a Gibson F5). These Kay mandolins definitely have different body dimensions than a Gibson A model. Other, simpler Kays had no points, but they did have f holes (not oval holes). These were similar, but certainly not identical, in their body size to a Gibson A model. Most old Kays sound pretty mediocre, and they are not worth much on the market, given the limited demand. Usually under $200. A Gibson A of similar vintage would be worth from 8-10 times as much.

    And, of course, the Gibson K model was huge compared with a Gibson A.

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    Default Re: Questin about gibson a and ks

    Quote Originally Posted by sblock View Post
    "K" Huh? Do you actually mean a vintage mandolin made by Kay ? Or do you mean a Gibson K model -- which would be a mandocello!

    Some of the 1950's Kay mandolins had two points, with one located on a bulge (where the scroll would be on a Gibson F5). These Kay mandolins definitely have different body dimensions than a Gibson A model. Other, simpler Kays had no points, but they did have f holes (not oval holes). These were similar, but certainly not identical, in their body size to a Gibson A model. Most old Kays sound pretty mediocre, and they are not worth much on the market, given the limited demand. Usually under $200. A Gibson A of similar vintage would be worth from 8-10 times as much.

    And, of course, the Gibson K model was huge compared with a Gibson A.
    I did mean the K2 Model Gibson.. thanks for the answer..

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    Default Re: Questin about gibson a and ks

    Well not teardrop shape but you can get an idea of how a mandolin and a mandocello compare.

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