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    Mr. Collings eye for detail and call to excellence made for a perfect combination of the amazing artistry of Weldon Lister's engraved tailpieces on his mandolins. I'm thankful to have an example on my Collings MT2V.






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    Very pretty!
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    That rare thing.
    An “owner improvement” that actually is one.

    Beautiful.

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    Lovely crosshatch detail by the end pin. Really complements the fancy top part.
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    Very nice. The details are exquisite. As are many of his pieces.

    I have an engraved pocket knife by his father (also my great-uncle) Bill Lister. Big Bill Lister was a very tall man known as the "World's Tallest Singing Cowboy". He was something like 6'8". He often opened for Hank Williams Sr. on the road and the two were good friends. I remember growing up as a young boy and Big Bill would pick with the other grown-ups at family reunions. He was so tall! Sorry to hijack, not often you run into obscure family connections on the Cafe.
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    That is exquisite.
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    thanks for checking this out! I see your from Kalamazoo...a guitar student of mine went to the old Gibson shop there and got a piece of the original wood floor and brought it back to me - kinda cool. Love to visit there someday.

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    thanks for giving this a look...appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    Lovely crosshatch detail by the end pin. Really complements the fancy top part.
    thanks so much for giving this a look!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seththedude View Post
    Very nice. The details are exquisite. As are many of his pieces.

    I have an engraved pocket knife by his father (also my great-uncle) Bill Lister. Big Bill Lister was a very tall man known as the "World's Tallest Singing Cowboy". He was something like 6'8". He often opened for Hank Williams Sr. on the road and the two were good friends. I remember growing up as a young boy and Big Bill would pick with the other grown-ups at family reunions. He was so tall! Sorry to hijack, not often you run into obscure family connections on the Cafe.
    Great story and loved the information and history you shared...thanks for taking your time to share your thoughts and connection to these amazing craftsmen with us!

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    Weldon does exquisite work, here's the one I have. It's very similar on the end, but with a flowerpot on the front.

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    [QUOTE=Austin Bob;1715234]Weldon does exquisite work, here's the one I have. It's very similar on the end, but with a flowerpot on the front.

    that's beautiful! thanks for sharing.

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    Dale, I never liked the Collings tailpiece, as the edge always dug in where I rested my hand, but the engraved version is the most perfect art deco piece I've ever seen; where the design of the tailpiece & the engraving come together perfectly. It stands out beautifully against the maple.
    I've got a gold version like Austin Bob's on my Ellis.... with the flowerpot. Click image for larger version. 

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    In my opinion, the ne plus ultra, are the Collings headstock designs that had added engraving by Weldon Lister...like this one
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    yours is stunning...love the simple complexity of his work. Couldn't agree more about the engraved headstocks - next level stuff even on a Collings. Thanks for the great post.

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    I've been following Tom Ellis on Facebook as for the last several weeks he's been posting pictures of a pretty special build. This week he went into detail about a tailpiece being engraved for this one mandolin. Incredible talent on the mandolin build, the finish work and now the tailpiece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maplebaby View Post
    thanks for checking this out! I see your from Kalamazoo...a guitar student of mine went to the old Gibson shop there and got a piece of the original wood floor and brought it back to me - kinda cool. Love to visit there someday.
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    Those are all very nice! I love the flowerpot ones the best, I also never liked the Collings tailpiece's or the Monteleone style. Just too used to the old Gibson style base with the slide on cover.
    How much does it cost for the flowerpot engraving on a traditional style assembly? That is just sweet!

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