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    Can't seem to find any info on this.
    Belongs to my neighbor's family

    Agostinho Silva Mandolin -Fall River, Massachusetts

    Any insight would be appreciated

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    12 strings! What is the scale length (from nut to bridge)?

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    Look at the wear marks on the neck. Doesn't it look like it may have been strung in 5 courses, not six? I wish the nut or tailpiece was present so we could see how it was strung.
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    I'd like to see the spacing on the nut as well. It's not a mandolin. I suspect Mr. Silva might have been a retailer selling instruments to a Spanish or Portuguese community. It would be interesting to look back through some city directories at that address. It's old but it looks like the tuners may have been changed at some point. When I blow up the image it looks like it has had some holes filled and new holes drilled. That may be some sort of reflection. It may have been a mix of double and triple courses. One of our world instrument specialists will jump in here, hopefully someone that actually knows what it is. The name on the label doesn't show up in the Mugwumps Encyclopedia of American makers.

    There is still a building at that address, age unknown. It looks like a house in the only picture I can find. Fall River was a mill town with several manufacturing companies there. They would have a had a large influx of workers over the years.
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    Fall River suggests Portuguese rather than Spanish. Perhaps something like this Reverb listing?
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    The name appears to be Portuguese, there are still people with that last name living in the area and a 60 year old man with the same name living close by in Massachusetts. I'm guessing the instrument is Portugese as well. That should narrow it down a bit.

    Alllen beat me to it.
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    I think the Reverb link is a Portuguese guitarra with Preston tuners. I think this might be the same with normal tuners. The nut slots would certainly help us along.
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    I believe he has the nut and bridge
    Will send pictures and measurements

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    Man. That poor thing suffered up in that attic.

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    The neck wear shows 5 worn spots. So it had been played that way (leaving two tuner gears empty) for some time.
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    That's a possibility or maybe there was no money in playing the highest course of strings.
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    Don't the strings protect the fingerboard, leaving the spaces between the strings to become worn? That would indicate all six pairs of strings used, giving five gaps which get worn.

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    Without a scale or some measurements it is hard to be sure, but I suspect a guitarra built with standard tuners cause he couldn't get any Preston style tuners in the US.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham McDonald View Post
    Without a scale or some measurements it is hard to be sure, but I suspect a guitarra built with standard tuners cause he couldn't get any Preston style tuners in the US.

    Cheers
    That's what I think as well. It would make sense.
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