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    Default Who makes A-style mandos that sound similar to Givens?

    Hi,
    So I recently played an older A-style Givens that sounded great. I loved how "woody" imho it sounded.

    I think, maybe..., I got the same vibe from a 1985 Steve Carlson Flatiron A5. Woody and the notes just popped off the fretboard.

    FWIW, I played these mandos briefly. Like a song or 2. But something about the "woodiness" and the way the notes "percolated" or "popped" was very appealing... and stuck in my head.

    Besides an 80's Carlson Flatiron, I heard Old Wave's maybe... have a similar tone. Maybe??

    Curious if any builders over the last couple of years have a similar "woody" tone with good volume in the $2000-2500 range.

    Hope I'm asking this correctly....... Thanks folks.

    (BTW, I'm not looking to pull the trigger now. But def sometime in the next couple of years.)
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    Default Re: Who makes A-style mandos that sound similar to Givens?

    Quote Originally Posted by lespaul_79 View Post
    Curious if any builders over the last couple of years have a similar "woody" tone with good volume in the $2000-2500 range
    How about Bob Givens? https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/143892#143892
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    Default Re: Who makes A-style mandos that sound similar to Givens?

    Quote Originally Posted by lespaul_79 View Post

    I think, maybe..., I got the same vibe from a 1985 Steve Carlson Flatiron A5. Woody and the notes just popped off the fretboard.
    The Givens/Carlson Flatiron comparison, IMO, is an apt one.
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    Thanks y'all.

    @pheffernan.... yeah, can't pull the trigger now. But saw it and would love to get it.
    @ccravens.... whew... I was wondering if that was a somewhat "apples to apples" comparison.

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    Steve Weil in Idaho . Worked with Givens for years and continued making "Givens legacy" mandolins after Bob Givens' passing. Last I checked his mandolins seem to fall within your price range. I compared a A5 legacy with a A5 Givens' and it was like 3 card Monty. They were so similar that you could have pulled a switch and no one would ever know except for the label.

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    I played a FANTASTIC givens last summer, and it reminded me of a Kimble. Very dark and punchy.

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    Greg Boyd always has Givens and at the moment he's got a Steve Weil as well. He's a real gentleman and a great guy to talk to about Bob Givens.

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    Thanks folks. Again, just curious who else makes a similar tone. Just curious about that "market".

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    What I remember about that tone is it is very punchy. I like what you said about the notes just jumping off the fretboard. It's a great sound. I think I've heard it in flatirons, I've heard it in a Ratliff A model once. The Kimbell, maybe some others. Maybe it's like Dempsey Young's Hutto.

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    Some of the older Gibsons sound this way, worth looking in to

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    Lou Stiver!

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