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    Default The Ghost Mandolin

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    What began as a backup mandolin for me while my 85 Flatiron was in for a refret, this particularly nice early Eastman 815 (which even made an appearance in my videos) was handed off to a student after much begging and a time payment plan.

    Being a youthful free spirit, he promptly ditched the hard case for a trendy gig bag, had a little too much fun at a gig in East Atlanta and crashed his bicycle thereby running the handlebar through the bass side f hole. To my astonishment the 815 was still playable. No damage to the bass tone bar.

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    The mandolin came home to me and he moved on to an F-9. The thing hung on my wall for a decade as a reminder of how not to treat a mandolin.

    For years I sometimes pondered how to bring it back to life and considered a top replacement.

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    One day I made up my mind to repair it by replacing part of the top without opening it. I enjoyed the puzzle and “ship in a bottle” challenge.


    When completed I toyed with a black top but a whim caused me to go white. I dubbed it The Ghost. It gets some odd looks when I drag it around to jams and turned onto a good conversation starter.

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    To my delight, it sounds good. Not as good as my Flatiron, of course, but good nonetheless.

    Am posting from my iPod so I hope to get some pics up and am just curious how folks react to white (actually I toned it to a barely ivory) faced mandolins.

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    I think it looks good, but you need to be playing something jazzy while wearing a tuxedo.
    Phil

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    Thanks, Phil. Honestly I was leaning towards black but white seemed interesting and certainly reversible. I can see a silk top hat in order.

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    If it were mine, I think a carefully positioned bumper sticker would have covered most of the damage.....something like Woody Guthrie had....

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    I like it. Add a flourish of green somewhere and you've got your holiday gig axe.
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    Jeff: I originally thought duct tape or a couple of Mandolin Cafe stickers.

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    Default Re: The Ghost Mandolin

    Aaron - That is a good idea. A touch of green. Maybe some holly leaf stickers. I’d better go to Hobby Lobby and see what they have.

    You know, at one point I thought of having a local sign shop cut me some vinyl of the Pat’s Place logo and “wrap it” and present it to Pat to be a house mandolin as a way of saying thanks for the Tuesday jam he hosts here in Americus. I should Photoshop up a mockup for input.

    Either that or sell ad space on it.

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    I love it!
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    Looks good to me. It has that Gretch White Falcon thang goin on!

    Scott

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