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    Does anyone know anything about this Mandolin? It says Segura on label inside.

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    I assume that’s not all it says on the label?

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    It was bought for $200, 50 years ago and then just given to me for free by family friend. Thats all I know. It’s spanish I know that but is it a mandolin or is it a octave mandolin or something else. New to playing the mandolin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmg720 View Post
    ... but is it a mandolin or is it a octave mandolin or something else.
    That would depend on the vibrating length of the string, referred to as the "scale", being the distance from the nut at the base of the headstock to the bridge & saddle on top of the body (held on by string pressure only). The most common mandolin scale 13 7/8", with some at 13" and some at 14" or a bit over.

    (The EXACT measurement of scale is defined as twice the distance from the nut to the 12th fret, as the 12th fret-to-bridge distance is usually set a slight bit longer - long story why!)

    Mandolas are usually 16"-17", while octave mandolins are 19"-22" (I'm reminded by the folks at Tamco, NFI:
    https://www.theacousticmusicco.co.uk...20tuned%20GDAE).

    Too bad that the date it was built, "Fecha", isn't filled in.
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    You might have luck inquiring here: https://www.facebook.com/franciscoru...rrasartesanas/

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    The label indicates that the instrument was made by guitarmaker F. Ruiz Segura, in the town of Mislata, which borders the city of Valencia, located near Spain's eastern coast. Sounds like a good place to find top-notch paella. He was building instruments in the 1980's. I don't know whether he is still around or not.

    To me, it looks like a mandolin, rather than a mandola or octave mandolin. A quick measurement would answer the question for sure.
    I wouldn't mind seeing a picture of the back.

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    Here is the picture of the back that you said you wouldn’t mind seeing.Now I know it’s definitely a mandolin, thank you. Thank you also for your information on what it says on the label inside.

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    $200 would have bought an expensive instrument back in the 60s but I doubt that it’s 50 years old.

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    Ok so it’s actually 30 years not 50
    The family friend that gave it to me also was the actual buyer and has the original receipt

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    Unfortunately you might not be able to get what he paid for it then now unless you find the right buyer that wants that specific builder. A quick search doesn't land any of these but it does land several guitars by this builder that sold cheap. My advice is to play it and enjoy it.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I don’t plan on selling it, just wanted to know more about it than I know already

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    Wonder how it got to Puerto Rico?
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    Ok so it’s actually 30 years not 50
    The family friend that gave it to me also was the actual buyer and has the original receipt
    That would make more sense but the case certainly doesn’t look even 30 years old.

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    She kept her musical instruments very well, she also has these.

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