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    Default Blackwell Mandolin - Looking for Info

    Hi All,

    I recently acquired an F5 with Blackwell on the headstock. There is no label or other markings. Does anyone have any info or ideas on its origin?

    It has some bumps and bruises, but the overall condition is sound and the frets are great. Once I gave it a thorough cleaning, set the bridge height and intonation, it played and sounded very good.

    I'll try to post photos.

    Thanks for any info you can share.
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    Registered User jim simpson's Avatar
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    Default Re: Blackwell Mandolin - Looking for Info

    Nice looking mandolin, the name inlay looks very neat and tidy. I'm thinking a one-off or one that was made for someone named Blackwell (Kenny Blackwell?).
    I take it the seller didn't have any info?
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    Default Re: Blackwell Mandolin - Looking for Info

    Thanks Jim. The seller had no info and Googling didn't yield any info.

    It probably is a one-off, though Mr/Ms Blackwell was pretty talented - it is pretty well made, fit and finish are really good.

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    I appreciate Jim weighing in!

    Just a bump to see if anyone has info on the origin of this Blackwell mandolin.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Blackwell Mandolin - Looking for Info

    There is a thread from 2004/2005 mentioning Kenny Blackwell here:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...Dorian-Michael

    Quote Originally Posted by randolin View Post
    Kenny is one of the most amazing and versatile mandolin players I have ever met...... with solid Bluegrass credentials as well....Kenny is mando player with Laurel Canyon Ramblers and has worked on many California bluegrass recordings. Go see Kenny if you have a chance...you won't be disappointed. Also one of the best luthiers in the business!
    So maybe he made it? I emailed him from his website contact page and sent a link to this thread.

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    Great catch! The last line "one of the best luthiers in the business" sure is something to go on. I hope he responds.

    Thank you for going above and beyond Tommcgtx!

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    Default Re: Blackwell Mandolin - Looking for Info

    So I guess that isn't one of his. He said he's only built a dozen or so electric mandolins.

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