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    Just wanted to share my new axe - meet "Stella"!

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    I've been wanting a 5 string e-mando for some time, mostly to not drive my wife crazy but also because I love the options with the lower register. Combined with my little mini Vox "Clean" headphone amp, I am in heaven.

    Thanks Mr. Smith and to Rance in the classifieds.
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    I like that look. Congratulations. You'll have a bunch of fun.

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    If I'm not mistaken, I believe I used to own that mandolin. I think that's the one I did a review of for Emando.com years ago. It was a sweet mandolin. I've had 4 of John's mandolins, and they were all wonderful. I still have one. Enjoy!
    Chief. Way up North. Gibson 1917 A model with pickup. JL Smith 5 string electric. 1929 National Triolian resonator mandolin with pickup. National RM 1 with pickup. Ovation Applause. Fender FM- 60 E 5 string electric (with juiced pickups). 1950's Gibson EM-200 electric mandolin. 1954 Gibson EM-150 electric mandolin. Custom made "Jett Pink" 5 string electric- Bo Diddley slab style. Jay Roberts Tiny Moore model 5 string electric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief View Post
    If I'm not mistaken, I believe I used to own that mandolin. I think that's the one I did a review of for Emando.com years ago. It was a sweet mandolin. I've had 4 of John's mandolins, and they were all wonderful. I still have one. Enjoy!
    What a trip! We were just in Duluth for the first time for a wedding last month. Nice place.

    What year is the mandolin? Do you know what kind of wood it is?
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    I did the review 10 years ago, if indeed that is the same instrument, so it's at least 10 years old. I believe it was new when I got it. You could probably check J L Smiths website for more information on type of wood, etc. You hit Duluth at the best time of year. Nice weather and lots of stuff going on in summer. The music scene is pretty happening here. Don't know if you caught any live music. I actually played on a tourist boat this summer. That was a fun gig. Anyway, enjoy your new mando.
    Chief. Way up North. Gibson 1917 A model with pickup. JL Smith 5 string electric. 1929 National Triolian resonator mandolin with pickup. National RM 1 with pickup. Ovation Applause. Fender FM- 60 E 5 string electric (with juiced pickups). 1950's Gibson EM-200 electric mandolin. 1954 Gibson EM-150 electric mandolin. Custom made "Jett Pink" 5 string electric- Bo Diddley slab style. Jay Roberts Tiny Moore model 5 string electric.

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    Default Re: New to me JL Smith 5 string

    Yep. Total convert here. It took me while to find the conceptual paths to make the best sense and use of a 5 course instrument, but once I got there it felt good.

    JL Smith got a write up in Vintage Guitar some years ago as well. He makes nice instruments.

    Enjoy!
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    mtndan, Glad you like my work, and hope you enjoy it. I built that one for Steve (Chief) in 2009. The serial number is #09-2009, which means the 9th one built in 2009. Steve did a real nice review of it.
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    Poplar body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard. Just thought I'd add that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtndan View Post
    Just wanted to share my new axe - meet "Stella"!

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    I've been wanting a 5 string e-mando for some time, mostly to not drive my wife crazy but also because I love the options with the lower register. Combined with my little mini Vox "Clean" headphone amp, I am in heaven.

    Thanks Mr. Smith and to Rance in the classifieds.
    I use mine with a Vox Twin and a Vox Lead - both work great.

    Enjoy!!
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    Looks like a great mandolin! Enjoy.

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    Default Re: New to me JL Smith 5 string

    that's cool, congrats! I have been drooling for one of those for a while
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