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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    I love the look of those old Sitka bridge-wood tops. Nice inlay work too. Nice backs too.
    I agree Don. This batch of F5's is coming together nicely. The grain in the Sitka from the old bridge is sweet and that wood has been seasoning for decades. The middle one in the bottom row is Adirondack and the other four are from the bridge. Mine is the bottom right in both photos. After hearing the first batch using that Sitka, Matt went back and bought all the remaining top sets from that stash, so he'll have that available for your mandolin and many batches to come it looks like...
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    Stopped by Matt's shop today to see the progress on the upcoming batch of F5's and have Matt do some custom neck shaping on mine. They look great and the tops ring like a bell. Click image for larger version. 

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    They're stunning, can't wait to hear about them strung up.

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    Is that a Meat Puppets poster behind him? Awesome, if so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stompbox View Post
    Is that a Meat Puppets poster behind him? Awesome, if so.
    Good eye Stompbox! Yes it is
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    Gosh, haven't heard that band in years; are they still around?

    Played Up On the Sun obsessively when it came out..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccravens View Post
    Gosh, haven't heard that band in years; are they still around?

    Played Up On the Sun obsessively when it came out..
    Great band. Still kickin'

    'Too High To Die' is a stone classic.

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    Default Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    I like the new logo vs the big R, and the inlay looks phenomenal!
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    Default Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    Are those Precision Pearl inlays? They look great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvanElk View Post
    Good eye Stompbox! Yes it is
    He is alright with me then! Awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by ccravens View Post
    Gosh, haven't heard that band in years; are they still around?

    Played Up On the Sun obsessively when it came out..
    Yes, they are on tour now. Looks like they are hitting west coast then east coast before going overseas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Seale View Post
    Are those Precision Pearl inlays? They look great.
    They are - he has gotten really skilled in the inlay department in my opinion!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvanElk View Post
    They are - he has gotten really skilled in the inlay department in my opinion!
    DePaule Supply in Eugene is the cutting crew. Great folks!

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