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    Default Vintage necks

    I'm hoping someone here can answer this question for me. I play mainly celtic music on my 1917 Gibson. I would like to branch out and start playing in the local bluegrass sessions. My question is this, are there any vintage mandolins with F holes that would have a neck similar to the one on my 1917 Gibson? I prefer the heftier neck of my old Gibson to the thinner necks that seem to be more popular.
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    Default Re: Vintage necks

    Gibson reduced the size of all their necks shortly after the F-5 was introduced. Finding any vintage f-hole mandolin of quality with a large neck profile is going to be a long shot at best, perhaps an impossibility.

    Some of us do play bluegrass on oval hole mandolins.

    My only other suggestion is to look at older modern era mandolins [1975 or later] made by individual makers or small shops to see if you can find anything that suits you.

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    Look into the Sam Bush Model F5 Gibson. The neck on those instruments is wider and chunkier. R/
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    Not sure about "vintage" F style mandolins but I have noticed that Weber necks tend to be fuller then most.
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    Maybe a thirties Stradolin. Neck width is 1-3/16 inch (my old A-2 was 1-1/4), but with a rounder shape (less of a V) than your Gibson. Some of them are mighty good sounding mandolins.

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    30's Gibson A models, A-1's and A-50's the smaller bodied A's some have bigger V type necks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Not sure about "vintage" F style mandolins but I have noticed that Weber necks tend to be fuller then most.
    What he said, but not nearly like a vintage Gibson. I go back and forth without too much trouble. You should be able to adapt. The larger issue is the money you'll spend to get the quality tone you're going to want.
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    Default Re: Vintage necks

    A 1234, & F 234, would both be such that 12th fret is over the body instead of A & F5 where the 12th fret is on the neck...

    If You want that combination shorter wider neck & F sound holes ...some builder of new Mandolins can satisfy that

    Perhaps ask around via contacts thru the Builders Data Base on this site ?

    Once you find them , they may clone the neck on yours and make one just as you wish..






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    I just finished up this short neck F style for a customer who also likes the feel of the vintage gibson A models. Joins the body at the 12th fret and has the fatter feel he was looking for. I could build another!
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    Boy Vernon that looks and has the flavor just like a sweet jacked up "In a fantastic way" Old Gibson F-7! Even looks like the 34-35 Gibson type top sunburst! I'm drooling buddy!

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    Default Re: Vintage necks

    Quote Originally Posted by Vernon Hughes View Post
    I just finished up this short neck F style for a customer who also likes the feel of the vintage gibson A models. Joins the body at the 12th fret and has the fatter feel he was looking for. I could build another!
    I checked out your website. Beautiful work!

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    I don't really have a website as such, yet, but I do post my build progress on facebook under my name or the hughes mandolins page. I have a couple youtube videos as well.If you might have interest,lets talk!
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    Quote Originally Posted by William Smith View Post
    30's Gibson A models, A-1's and A-50's the smaller bodied A's some have bigger V type necks.
    I'm thinking in my case that vintage might be a good way to go. There is just something very cool about playing a vintage instrument. They seem to have a vibe about them.

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    Another vote for an older Strad-O-Lin for larger necks. Mine has a neck that's bigger than either my 1910 A or 1929 A Jr. As said above, it's round, rather than V. Width at the nut is approximately 1 3/16".

    However, the neck is still not as big as a pre 1910 Gibson neck.
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