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    Default H. G. Harless?

    Do these get any love? I can't find anyone talking about them. (And from his website it looks a if he doesn't make them any more?)

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    Bruce

    Summit Artist V mandolin #384 (2011)
    R.L. Givens A5 mandolin #151 (1978)
    Ramsey Woody banjo #1104 (Appomattox years)
    Martin 000-18 guitar #218946 (1967)
    unlabeled 1860s? parlor guitar, ice cream cone heel
    Sebastien Kloz fiddle (1734, authenticated)
    GFI Ultra pedal steel guitar (2000)

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    Default Re: H. G. Harless?

    I bought one to find an answer to my question. $197 on eBay. Cheap, right? And, yes, it looks cheap: basic spray paint on top of pine body, BUT beautifully setup and better sound from the twin humbuckers than I was getting on my Eastwood Ellis Mandostang, which I promptly sold. Iíve stripped and repainted the body of the Harless and am waiting for a final sanding then spray on clear finish. I also drilled shallow dots and filled with black nail polish to make side markers. Also, it came with the thinnest electric guitar string gauges, a .10 for the e, I think. I was skeptical but they sound great. As most everyone knows, sound-wise youíll be playing a 4 string electric guitar more than a mandolin.

    If thereís anyone out there wondering if theyíd like to play electric but donít want a big investment, Iíd recommend one of these for a starter; Iíve already bought what I hope will be even a better emando for about $800, but I donít have it yet and Iím certainly hanging on to the Harless.

    Summit Artist V mandolin #384 (2011)
    R.L. Givens A5 mandolin #151 (1978)
    Ramsey Woody banjo #1104 (Appomattox years)
    Martin 000-18 guitar #218946 (1967)
    unlabeled 1860s? parlor guitar, ice cream cone heel
    Sebastien Kloz fiddle (1734, authenticated)
    GFI Ultra pedal steel guitar (2000)

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    Default Re: H. G. Harless?

    Oops. I said above humbucker; they are twin single coil.

    Summit Artist V mandolin #384 (2011)
    R.L. Givens A5 mandolin #151 (1978)
    Ramsey Woody banjo #1104 (Appomattox years)
    Martin 000-18 guitar #218946 (1967)
    unlabeled 1860s? parlor guitar, ice cream cone heel
    Sebastien Kloz fiddle (1734, authenticated)
    GFI Ultra pedal steel guitar (2000)

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