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    Enthusiastic Newb mdavis00's Avatar
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    Default Roy McMillan mandolins


    I wanted to share a curios mando I've come across. This is an instrument built by the late Roy McMillan of the bluegrass 'High Country Boys.' Inked inside is Roy's name and a date in 2000. I have seen photos of another with the 'MCM' pattern on the headstock -- the instrument Roy played, but I can't find mention of any others.

    Have any of who ever come across one? I'm wondering if Roy made these from scratch or if he was working from a kit or workshop.

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    The instrument has something of a rough finish, and the nut is eccentric -- very high and slotted such that the 8 strings are very nearly equidistant. It sounds okay, though, and the intonation is very good.

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    Registered User G7MOF's Avatar
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    Default Re: Roy McMillan mandolins

    Wow, that headstock scroll is tight.
    I never fail at anything, I just succeed at doing things that never work....

    Fylde Touchstone Walnut Mandolin.
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