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    5 necks, to borrow from a mandolin joke, increases the odds that one of them are in tune..


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    I was in Gruhn's in 1982, and he had a guitar/mandolin doubleneck that was like a blonde L-5 with a mandolin neck added. It was a full-depth guitar with no F holes. Twin humbuckers on the guitar and one humbucker with the outside holes filled with pearl dots on the mandolin neck. It had a rectangular brown case that was as big as a steamer trunk.
    Those double neck guitars can be really heavy. Years ago, I was given a 6/12 Moserite guitar. I had the 12 string tuned like Jimmy Bryant did, and was having alot of fun with it. After three gigs with it, my back blew out and I had to sell it to pay the doctor bills!
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    Knutsens, Knutsens everywhere:



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    Quote Originally Posted by John Rosett View Post
    Years ago, I was given a 6/12 Moserite guitar. I had the 12 string tuned like Jimmy Bryant did, and was having a lot of fun with it. After three gigs with it, my back blew out and I had to sell it to pay the doctor bills!
    Sounds like "The Gift Of The Magi," but without the love angle. Yes, be careful what you wish for ...

    Yeah, I really like the look of Leif's double neck. Pretty much exactly what I want, just mandola neck instead of OM. It sounds great, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Busman View Post
    How's this for a custom mando/guitar idea?
    One neck sticking out each end of the instrument. You'd wear it on a waist mounted swivel like the old ZZ Top guys and could spin the instrument around to play the desired neck.
    Sorta like this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    I believe I actually saw Marvin "The Mandolin Man" Etzioni perfom with this instrument way back in 1992. He backed up T-Bone Burnette in an opening slot for Toad the Wet Sprocket and 10,000 Maniacs. It was long before I knew much about mandolins and it only had two of the three necks, though, IIRC.

    I met Marvin about 4 months ago when he sat in with Steve Wynn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jefflester View Post
    I believe I actually saw Marvin "The Mandolin Man" Etzioni perfom with this instrument way back in 1992.
    I would think you'd remember seeing something like this, but OK, it was 17 years ago ...

    I didn't know he played mandolin, nor had an album out by that name. Of course I knew him from Lone Justice, and somewhere else, I think he worked with Sara Hickman a bit. Hold on ... OK, here we go - On Sara's "Misfits" album, a track from 1991 they co-wrote called "Dumptruck," has mandolin on it - wait - no, it's played by Paul Sweeney, snazzy little descending riff.

    Still - now I've got to get his CD. Clearly my collection is incomplete w/o an album called "The Mandolin Man" in it! And he's worked with two of my fave singer/songwriters, and that's good enough for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    I would think you'd remember seeing something like this, but OK, it was 17 years ago ... :
    I was in the balcony quite aways away. He definitely had a doublenecked instrument.

    Still - now I've got to get his CD. Clearly my collection is incomplete w/o an album called "The Mandolin Man" in it! And he's worked with two of my fave singer/songwriters, and that's good enough for me.
    Unfortunately, there is actually very little mandolin on it. Just a song or two.

    You can hear his performance with Steve Wynn here. Though not all that well, since it was a bar gig without a good mix, and Marvin's amp was on the other side from where I was. Marvin is probably best heard on "Harvey Haddix" or "Manhattan Fault Line."
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    Quote Originally Posted by jefflester View Post
    Unfortunately, there is actually very little mandolin on it. Just a song or two...
    Too late - I just bought all three of his rekkids ...

    Hey - he's got Maria McKee and Victoria Williams singing on them, so they/he can't be all bad.

    I may have to start a new thread - Songs With "Mandolin" In The Title or Songs That Mention Mandolin. Prolly been done but ... Once you get past the obvious two ... First one I remember is "The Mandolin Man and His Secret" by Donovan from "A Gift From A Flower to A Garden." Oh yeah - new thread ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    Too late - I just bought all three of his rekkids ...

    Hey - he's got Maria McKee and Victoria Williams singing on them, so they/he can't be all bad.
    Ain't the internet great. Instant gratification!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefflester View Post
    Unfortunately, there is actually very little mandolin on it. Just a song or two.
    And maybe that's a bit of (what's the opposite of hyperbole?). I haven't listened to it in ages, but I do remember being disappointed in it not having more mandolin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    I may have to start a new thread - Songs With "Mandolin" In The Title or Songs That Mention Mandolin. Prolly been done but ... Once you get past the obvious two ... First one I remember is "The Mandolin Man and His Secret" by Donovan from "A Gift From A Flower to A Garden." Oh yeah - new thread ...
    How does that Dylan song go?
    "Hey mister mandolin man, play a song for me, I'm not sleepy and there ain't no place I'm going to"

    Okay, I'm done for the evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefflester View Post
    ... I do remember being disappointed in it not having more mandolin.
    Yeah, same applies to life in general ...
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    Check out this bad boy from Tulsi Guitars in India:

    The middle neck has 8 tuners but it doesn't look to me as though the strings are paired. Easy enough to fix. Notice the harp-strung or zither-strung section next to the bass neck.
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    I offered them $1000 and I haven't heard back yet. Wonder why??? I think that's fair. I mean, it's over 40 years old. How much can it be worth? How much would you pay for a 40-year-old car, you know? And that could still drive ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Knutsens, Knutsens everywhere...
    Wow -- Marvin's axe is pretty neat. Are those separate necks & bodies detachable for use as standalone single-necks? I always thought that something based upon these Copacabana Guitars designed by Eero Aarniomake would a nice detachable double-neck as well...
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    Believe it or not, Elvis with a doubleneck!
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    What's scary about the Gibson SG mando/tenor doubleneck is that evidently they built more than one:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Super-Rare-1...item48489f2e0b
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    Here`s one of my doublenecks in action.....

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    That is really nicely done and tightly arranged.

    So, Peter, ever built a tenor/mandolin doubleneck? Would you ... ahem ... consider it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    What's scary about the Gibson SG mando/tenor doubleneck is that evidently they built more than one:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Super-Rare-1...item48489f2e0b
    Wow! My first thought was that it had to be the same one, but then noticed that this one had different fingerboard and headstock inlay. And chrome hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    That is really nicely done and tightly arranged.

    So, Peter, ever built a tenor/mandolin doubleneck? Would you ... ahem ... consider it?
    I ...ahem....would certainly consider anything (as long as it`s not illegal or immoral....not worried about fattening) .....

    I think Rarefolk are an awesome bunch.....wish they`d play in the UK!

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