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    Default Electric Mandolin Sighting at the Grammys!

    Anybody else catch Bob Dylan at the Grammys? Donnie Herron, multi-instrumentalist with Bob's current touring band, can be seen playing electric mando with His Bobness.
    Here's the link, starting at 5:05. Donnie has been with Bob for a while, but I haven't had much luck figuring out what mando he's playing.
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    Default Re: Electric Mandolin Sighting at the Grammys!

    That's a cool video...
    Looks like Herron plays a 5 string Blue Star Mandoblaster.
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    Default Re: Electric Mandolin Sighting at the Grammys!

    Don played the Mandoblaster with BR5-49. Didn't know he was with Dylan's band now. What happened to Bucky Baxter?
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    Default Re: Electric Mandolin Sighting at the Grammys!

    According to Expecting Rain, Don's been with the band since March 7, 2005. He's played at the last dozen Bob shows I was at (going back to around '05), so that seems right. Really integral addition to the band, I think, and I'm sure my fellow Bobcats will agree. It seems like Bucky Baxter's been gone since the late '90's. I saw His Bobness on his most recent winter tour, and the mando came out for one song. It didn't look like the Mandoblaster to me, but I could be wrong...
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    Default Re: Electric Mandolin Sighting at the Grammys!

    Well, the Mandoblaster Don played in BR5-49 was a custom job with a natural finish rather than the bright blue phenolic stuff. It looks like the same instrument in the Dylan video ... there's a shot or two where you can see the distinctive shape of the upper body bout, which is cut just a little differently on Mandoblasters than it is on any other e-mando.

    Mandoblasters are built by Bruce Herron, and he and Don may be related ... I don't know whether that's true for certain or whether I'm making it up.
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    Default Re: Electric Mandolin Sighting at the Grammys!

    This would be the same one then, I presume?
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    Default Re: Electric Mandolin Sighting at the Grammys!

    Could be. It's definitely got the Mandoblaster cut. I think when you posted this before I might've misidentified it as belonging to Baxter; I didn't know Donny had replaced him.
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    Default Re: Electric Mandolin Sighting at the Grammys!

    I couldn't find much info at the time, but now we know...
    still doesn't solve your are they related? question though.
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