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    For those of you who name your mandolins, Id love to see a portrait of your mando and what you named it...
    Here is mine... Meet "Jaws"!

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    I've seen similar threads on guitar forums.

    I've never named my instruments anything other than functional names, like:

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    the Vietnamese mandolin

    the Greek (Sakis) bowlback mandolin, aka the "other bowlback".

    the cheap Kay archtop

    the vintage "Carl Fischer" bowlback

    the Cümbüs, mandolin

    My wife uses terms like:

    the old mandolin

    the "yellow" (natural?) mandolin

    and so on

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    One of my mandolin is made by Audie Ratliff so I call it"The Rat", two other s are called "Oscar and Roscoe"...a lot of times I call them with three initials.....an S and O and a B, I do that when they don`t sound up to par...

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    I have one named "Crusher" and another named "Hoss". My campfire beater is sometimes called "Ms. Griffith" by some people, but I just call it my campfire mandolin.

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    My Gibson is called "the Gibson" my Givens is called "the Givens" my old Lyon and Healey Washburn is called the "Washburn" I also have a mandolin called "the Vietnamese mandolin" wow what a coincidence!

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    I have one I call "Little Buddy", it seems a natural epithet for it since I take him just about anywhere to keep me company when I have a spare minute or two . . . can't help but think of Gilligan, though, when I call the mandolin Little Buddy
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    Hey Barney! What kind of Givens do you have?

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    Hey Mark,
    Isn't it the best feeling to have a mandolin with just about you everywhere you go? It's true I find myself reaching for that instead of myself phone when I have those moments through the day. Like I was waiting at VW for an oil change and so I pulled out my mando "Jaws". Everyone else in the waiting room was on a cell phone. They looked at me like I was an alien.

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    I only have one... so I call it "my Mandolin"

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    Fan-"What do you call that instrument you're playing?"
    Jethro-"I call it Bruce."
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    Gibson, Michael Kelly and Suzuki. Imaginative.

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    more ideas here.
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    As I said back then:

    There is Floyd, and Lloyd, and Merle; and then there is Kyle and Lyle and Earl, and then Connie, and Bonnie, and Pearl. Then there is a tenor guitar named Andrew Jackson, and a tenor banjo named Daniel Webster, and a fiddle named Wille. Oh, and the ukulele banjo, named Pip.

    Nah. I'm kidding. I don't name them.

    I had a small piano accordion once, named Irene. Someone had glued mailbox lettering on the front - thats how I knew her name.
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    It depends what mood i'm in after i've stuck my thumb several times while re-stringing !!!,
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    The name I give to mine depends on how well my practicing is going!!!
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    I can never sell one after I've named it ... and they all have names. I usually use female names related to the builder, struggling with the Dudenbostel, I call her "the Dude" most the time, but keeping a mind to a more feminine name, which means she's not officially named yet ... The point is, for me, they gotta have names, gives them personality and character.

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    I call my mandolin "Bear" and my acoustic guitar "Eleanor". The first instrument I ever played was given to me to by my uncle and it had the name of "Maggie J" so I couldn't call it anything different. It also instilled in me that my instruments must be personified otherwise they are soulless.....
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    I have 3:
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    "my Breedlove" (Crossover)
    "my electric" ( Eastwood mandocaster)
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    I like to give my mandolins pretty names, but my lovely girlfriend calls my mandolin "Chicken" and unfortunately it has stuck...Chicken Nugget...

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    Isabella, after Isabella Rossellini. Why you say, because they both have great curves. That's why.

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    "Bill" because it's a Collings.
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    I had the builder inlay the name into the headstock. It says "Breedlove". Cost a little more, but it was worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidKOS View Post
    My wife uses terms like:

    the old mandolin

    the "yellow" (natural?) mandolin

    and so on
    My wife never uses 'the old mandolin'. She knows about MAS and doesn't like to encourage me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demetrius View Post
    For those of you who name your mandolins, Id love to see a portrait of your mando and what you named it...
    Here is mine... Meet "Jaws"!

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    I like to give them female names. The Weber is "Scarlett" the Morris is called "Sunny" and the Econo A Silverangel Ken Ratcliff is building for me will be "Penny", after my wife.
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