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    This has Kluson tuners that appear to be 1940s. The case is from around the 50s. There may be something a bit odd at the nut while there is a gap at the heel. Anyway, two pickguards and a complete mystery to me. The headstock and heel shape do suggest United but this mandolin appears to have a two piece back- it is quite nicely made.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-CB-M....c100667.m2042

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    Seller wrote:

    "Mice condition. ... Please refer to pictures."

    Hmm. I looked at the pics expecting to see signs of chewing or other rodent activity that might warrant a "mice condition" advisory... didn't see anything...

    Either I didn't look closely enough, or the seller meant "nice" instead of "mice"...


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    Perhaps he is a fan of Sly Stone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickR View Post
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    Thank you falettinus enjoy your wit again...
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    ...mice...
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    Perhaps he is a fan of Sly Stone?
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    Thank you falettinus enjoy your wit again...
    Ah... ok between those latter two posts, and with the help of Google and a Wikipedia page, now I understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickR View Post
    Perhaps he is a fan of Sly Stone?
    I just wanna say "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)".

    They used a mondegreen on the A-side of the record (45 RPM) but not on the DOUBLE A-SIDE (there was no B-side). The other side was "Everybody is a Star".

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    I think whomever built this used a neck off another mandolin. As late as the mid 60's you could buy fretted fingerboards from most large music jobbers as well as all of the other hardware parts. I would suspect that was a stock figerboard on a neck off something else. It's just odd.
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    I am pleased my Sly Stone reference was not too cryptic!

    Interesting, to think it may be a Bitsa mandolin- I would have thought it was easier to buy a used mandolin but there you go- rising to the challenge of making your own instrument from a kit of parts!

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    Mice indeed! You guys are crackin’ me up!
    Sly rascals!
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    This United branded reso-mando- most likely from the early 40s judging by the tuners has the same headstock shape and heel. I'm only copying the front side for this post.Click image for larger version. 

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    Here is a mice mandolin that I used to own. It's a Scutt style Harmony mandolin that had an enlarged F-hole courtesy of a mouse, lol! I guess someone should have kept a rattlesnake rattle in it!
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    I think that is the model branded Playtime which Sears sold- about 1941. It's in a catalogue page I loaded up on another thread when we were discussing a Stradolin with Kluson tuners that have cover plates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbofood View Post
    Mice indeed! You guys are crackin’ me up!
    Sly rascals!
    Nah, we're just everyday people.
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    Might be good to post a few photos from the original eBay posting for future generations. Otherwise they won't know what we are referring to.
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