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    Default Is this flatiron performer made in USA or Pac Rim?

    I have an opportunity to pick up a flatiron performer A on a trade locally.

    First digit of the 8 digit serial is a 9, so it could be 99, or 09 (I think)

    Is this bad boy made in US or Overseas? Fleur De Lis appears to be the early style, but I'm being cautious.
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    Default Re: Is this flatiron performer made in USA or Pac Rim?

    I think you have a 99
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    Default Re: Is this flatiron performer made in USA or Pac Rim?

    Made in Nashville during the Charlie Derrington era 1999-2001. It was made (labeled) 08/18/1999 and was the 4th mandolin labeled that day. They can be very good mandolins, I have owned 3 Preformers and one Festival from the some time period. The nut can range from about an inch to 1 1/8". They have flat fretboards and medium sized frets. Good luck

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    Many thanks guys! I'm gonna go for it tonight.

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    Default Re: Is this flatiron performer made in USA or Pac Rim?

    FYI the only Flatirons made overseas (China) were F styles. Bad decision on Gibson’s part. They are pretty easy to spot with a very shiny dipped in plastic finish. Any A styles would be USA.
    Don

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    Default Re: Is this flatiron performer made in USA or Pac Rim?

    I ended up buying it for $375. Deal of the week for this guy!

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    Crazy good deal. Congrats!

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    Default Re: Is this flatiron performer made in USA or Pac Rim?

    Whaaaaat!? The deal of the decade my friend! Play it in good health!
    Charley

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    Default Re: Is this flatiron performer made in USA or Pac Rim?

    it was given to him 15 years ago, and he never learned how to play. He just wanted it gone. I told him the price was "pretty low" and he was fine with that. I'm also fine with it.

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    Default Re: Is this flatiron performer made in USA or Pac Rim?

    That’s just a crazy good deal, congratulations. You’ve got yourself a very good mandolin at an unbelievable price...enjoy!
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    GREAT DEAL indeed. Put some new strings on it and play the heck out of it an enjoy it.

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