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    Hi All:

    I am primarily a guitarist (45 years) and have playing mandolin for about 5 years. I have a Rover and want to upgrade. My biggest problem is that as a guitarist, I'm a gear snob. I can't justify a large >$1000.00 on a new mando. My one requirement is a wider fingerboard.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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    What guitar do you play the most? You'll want a mandolin comparable to the quality of that guitar

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    PRS David Grissom

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    Buy used from the classifieds. or Reverb. Does Reverb advertise here? Don't want to go against the grain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdamato View Post
    I am primarily a guitarist (45 years) and have playing mandolin for about 5 years. I have a Rover and want to upgrade. My biggest problem is that as a guitarist, I'm a gear snob. I can't justify a large >$1000.00 on a new mando. My one requirement is a wider fingerboard.
    A used Breedlove (not the Crossover models) would give you pride of ownership as a gear snob with a reputable American brand using solid woods and featuring a wider nut. I've seen the OO/OF, FO/FF, and KO/KF all listed used for less than $1000.
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    Was going to recommend the same thing. Used Bend, Oregon Breedlove. Wide nut and a fine US made mandolin. Highest you'd like have to go is $1200.00. $1000.00 and under is a reality.
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    What does it mean to be a gear snob? Does it mean that you want to impress other people with what you are playing or do you just want a good quality instrument that sounds good? Maybe drop the snob part (you have your PRS already) and get the best your money can buy.
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    If you live anywhere remotely near a dealer that carries a lot of mandolins go there,play them all, and if there's one you love and you can afford it, that's the best one for you. Bottom line, that's what really matters.You're hopefully going to have this for a long time, so even if you have to drive several hours, it would be worth it.Call ahead to see what they have available for testing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdamato View Post
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    I just checked what these are going for and I think you either need to drop the snob factor or up your price if you want something equivalent in snobbishness.

    More than a few folks here have stated the general guidelines for new instruments that the price of an equivalent-quality new mandolin is about twice what a new guitar costs. I believe that would be true for the low to mid-priced instruments but maybe not so much for higher-end. Then again, I think you can get a good, well-made and fine playing mandolin for twice or three times your stated limit. Otherwise you will have to stay a guitar snob, but give up on the mandolin snob.

    Still, if you upped your limit to about 1/2 of what you paid for your PRS, you could get quite a nice mandolin.
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    Would you be happy with a $500 guitar? If not, I doubt you would be happy with a $1000 mandolin.

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    I looked up that PRS David Grissom. We're likely talking an F5G, at this juncture. F9 might be a go. But then again you want the wide neck. Maybe an F5S by Northfield with a wide neck? Weber makes some nice wide necks. I got my Wide Neck Gallatin A for under $1800.00. F5S by Northfield could be got for $3000.00. There are plenty of options.
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    If you have a prayer of joining the mandolin snob club, prepare to pony up $7500 or more, otherwise you just have a nice mandolin. On second thought, $7500-15,000 just gets you a really nice mandolin, and really, it takes $25,000 to join the mandolin snob club. Even then, you pretty much have to be a jerk, and how many jerks do you know with $25,000 mandolins? Pretty small club.
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    When you're ready to play, just bite the bullet and buy this.
    https://themandolinstore.com/product...3-16-wide-nut/

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    Wow snob club, someone rubbed you the wrong way? Some people get what they can afford and not everybody that owns a high end mandolin is a jerk. Let's try and stop the negativity and be happy obsessed mandolin pickers.

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    I wouldn't sell my American made Breedlove Olympic for $1,000.... I also play both guitar and mandolin, like a lot of folks here. Although I like my Santa Cruz, 1966 D-18 and Tim O'Brien 00-18, I also like my Recording Kings that I got for $150 and $200. The same is true for mandolins. More money will generally get a better instrument but diminishing marginal returns are in play, too. Just last night, I played and compared my Silverangel A model, the Breedlove, and a low end Washburn that was my first mandolin because I had those three out. I could live with just the Washburn and make music on it but I'm happy that I've been blessed to be able to have the others. Are they 10 times better than the Washburn? Hard to say but to me they are, and that's what matters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToneDeaf View Post
    I wouldn't sell my American made Breedlove Olympic for $1,000.... I also play both guitar and mandolin, like a lot of folks here. Although I like my Santa Cruz, 1966 D-18 and Tim O'Brien 00-18, I also like my Recording Kings that I got for $150 and $200. The same is true for mandolins. More money will generally get a better instrument but diminishing marginal returns are in play, too. Just last night, I played and compared my Silverangel A model, the Breedlove, and a low end Washburn that was my first mandolin because I had those three out. I could live with just the Washburn and make music on it but I'm happy that I've been blessed to be able to have the others. Are they 10 times better than the Washburn? Hard to say but to me they are, and that's what matters.
    I'd certainly sell my beater for $1000 - yes its a US made Breedlove! It simply can't compete with either of my Kimbles. As for my three Santa Cruz guitars, I wouldn't like to part with any of them although I suppose they are of an equivalent standard and are worth about the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meado View Post
    When you're ready to play, just bite the bullet and buy this.
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    Wasn't aware they made a wide nut. Nice!
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