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    Default I am considering a Lafferty LF-5B....

    Hi guys and gals,
    I am considering a Lafferty LF-5B for a second mando and to cure a little F Style MAS.

    Can someone tell what the "B" in the model number stands for. I know it's not the Deluxe version but not really bare bones either.

    What do y'all think of them. I'm not trying to upgrade from my Gibson just adding to the family.

    Thanks, Mike
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    Default Re: I am considering a Lafferty LF-5B....

    I have played a pre-owned one and it was okay. As an option you should get your hands on a Girouard ! I played many top end mandolins at Ghrun's over a year ago and and comparing fit/finish to my eyes/hands from a Girouard to all others, the Girouard was in a league of it's own and to my ears it came out number 1 ! I was comparing ovals ! All ears are different however but Max and Laurie Girouard are fantastic builders !
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    Default Re: I am considering a Lafferty LF-5B....

    I’m not familiar with Lafferty’s naming system, but would guess the B indicates black topped?
    Chuck

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    Default Re: I am considering a Lafferty LF-5B....

    Hmm, it is a brown finish. Maybe that's it.
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    Lafferty mandolins was/is a private brand for The Mandolin Store. Most I have seen were made by Paul Schneider of Summit mandolins. I have seen posts that Audie Ratliff built a few also? So you might contact The Mandolin Store for specific information, serial number if you can get it probably would help. I have never played one, but they look like they could be a decent value.

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    Default Re: I am considering a Lafferty LF-5B....

    Quote Originally Posted by Guitfiddle Mike View Post
    Hmm, it is a brown finish. Maybe that's it.
    Shoots my theory down, lol. Sorry!
    Chuck

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    Default Re: I am considering a Lafferty LF-5B....

    I thought the B meant “Burst”. Mandomutt had one for sale a while back and it was a sunburst.
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    Default Re: I am considering a Lafferty LF-5B....

    Dennis was kind enough to inform me that the B in the model number stands for Base Model.

    Thank you Dennis.
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