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    Default Re: Armenian (soviet) 1970's electric mandolin monstrosity

    just don't leave your pick on that pickguard...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bertram Henze View Post
    just don't leave your pick on that pickguard...
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    What gets me is the amount of work "Trader Bob" put into "restoring" it. That pick guard, and the matching multi-hued plastic headstock overlays -- front and back -- weren't on the Armenian original; the seller installed them, after putting new tuning pegs on -- and thickening and re-drilling the headstock to accommodate them! He also installed a new pickup jack. Considering all that work, the buy-it-now's a bargain -- if one wanted it at all! And, why would one?

    Perhaps, to be the only owner of an Armenian electric mandolin in your town. Whatever that's worth.
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    What a beautiful mandolin.
    Is it left handed?
    The seller just needs to add that it’s being sold by Django Reinhardt’s grandson -that would add a couple of thousand to the price.

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    was it signed by lloyd loar?

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    So there's something worse coming from Armenia than the Kardashians, then? Good to know. Good. To. Know.

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    I am a total sucker for stuff like that. Comes under the heading of "So bad it is good".

    Now I am wondering if the neck is straight.

    The last thing I needed the first thing this morning......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajh View Post
    I am a total sucker for stuff like that. Comes under the heading of "So bad it is good".

    Now I am wondering if the neck is straight.

    The last thing I needed the first thing this morning......
    Oh man... that song still tears me RIGHT THE F apart...

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    Default Re: Armenian (soviet) 1970's electric mandolin monstrosity

    Just to confirm, for the avoidance of doubt, I am not the seller and have no financial interest.
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    Default Re: Armenian (soviet) 1970's electric mandolin monstrosity

    Quote Originally Posted by Dusepo View Post
    Just to confirm, for the avoidance of doubt, I am not the seller and have no financial interest.
    For which, no doubt, you are thanking your lucky stars.

    To answer someone's question, these look like they should be left-handed but they are not, although I imagine they could be set up lefty. They're from the Soviet era and made at the Yerevan Musical Instrument Factory.
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    Looks like a used toilet lid with ablam.

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