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    So, I was gifted a beautiful Martin mandolin from my niece for Christmas. How cool is that? She's had it for years and hasn't played it for a long time. She thought it was from the 40's, but wasn't sure. It has a serial no. A- 18695 inside. Does anyone have an idea when this little beauty was born? Thanks in advance.
    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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    Light strings and a light touch will make that thing sing Christmas carols with real soul. Merry Christmas. Its not intended for bluegrass and chop chords but it is a wonderful instrument.
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    Sweeeeet.

    I have owned a couple of Martin Style 20 mandolins over the years, and enjoyed them thoroughly. I might never have discovered the beauty of oval hole mandolins, and would not be the type of player that I am today, without them.

    Enjoy!

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    Congrats but posting some photos would be nice.
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    The serial number indicates that your mandolin is a Martin style A made in 1948.
    May you enjoy it!

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    Hey, thanks for all the replies. Looks like late 40's- kind of what we thought. It's in pristine condition for an instrument of that age. I just need to put some new strings on it to make it really sing, although it doesn't sound bad now. I knew the Mandolin Cafe community would come through for me in dating the mandolin. Thanks again and Happy New Year everybody!!!!
    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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    Jefe....ese es un maravilloso regalo de tu sobrina....felicitationes! Realmente amo a mi Martin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brunello97 View Post
    Jefe....ese es un maravilloso regalo de tu sobrina....felicitationes! Realmente amo a mi Martin!

    Mick
    Hey Mick- well it's a good thing I know a little Spanish. Yes, I do like fondue. Adios, El Chiefo.
    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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