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    Hi everyone!

    Why is the "White Lightning for sale on ebay $1000.00? Seems it's been on there a couple of years and the seller never responds - ever
    Seems it's just a so-so mando with white paint on it. Than again, I've been wrong in the past. (most of the time, in fact)

    Just curious. Morgan Monroe is, at best, a rather "modest" brand.
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    The seller has a total Feedback of three as a buyer, not a seller, but all positive. All are over a year old.

    They say they are in Soddy Daisy, TN, a town I'm familiar with. I know people that live there.

    I would hazard a guess that they bought it thinking it was a treasure. I remember seeing one of these years ago, I remember nothing about it other than it was white.

    Here are a few older threads on the subject,
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    The seller has a total Feedback of three as a buyer, not a seller, but all positive. All are over a year old.

    They say they are in Soddy Daisy, TN, a town I'm familiar with. I know people that live there.

    I would hazard a guess that they bought it thinking it was a treasure. I remember seeing one of these years ago, I remember nothing about it other than it was white.

    Here are a few older threads on the subject,
    I'm about 20 minutes from there. Maybe I should see if he'll take a trade for my Eastman (although I'm not sure how that white would look under stage lights... front-row listeners might be blinded).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Streip View Post
    I'm about 20 minutes from there. Maybe I should see if he'll take a trade for my Eastman (although I'm not sure how that white would look under stage lights... front-row listeners might be blinded).
    I had a Morgan Monroe Tree Of Life mandolin in like 2004. Thick finish and so so. I suspect your Eastman is superior. I wouldn't drop $1000 on that White Lightning. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEStanek View Post
    I wouldn't drop $1000 on that White Lightning. YMMV.

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    The few Morgan Monroe's I've handled ranged from 'just OK' to 'don't even bother.' Some were real pretty with inlay and such. I wouldn't give over $500 for the best of the best by MM. There are just better options out there.
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    I've seen Weber Gallatins going for a grand occasionally (very occasionall) and a few other brands like flatiron and Silverangel at around $1200. $1000 is a tough budget only the worthy master series Kentuckys go for used.

    The other suspects mentioned I have no experience with.
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