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    Hey all- would like some input on J. Bovier mandolins. Just general curiosity. Seems like a good instrument albeit Chinese made which isnít a total deterrent to me. I have a Kentucky KM 172 which has been good. Thanks all- Jan

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    Just do a search. People that have them like them. I think they fall into the Kentucky master series realm for price and tone.
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    Default Re: Info on J. Bovier mandolins, please

    While you're waiting for an answer take a look through these threads.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Info on J. Bovier mandolins, please

    Quote Originally Posted by Cotatigirl View Post
    Hey all- would like some input on J. Bovier mandolins. Just general curiosity. Seems like a good instrument albeit Chinese made which isn’t a total deterrent to me. I have a Kentucky KM 172 which has been good. Thanks all- Jan
    I bought a J Bovier off of Reverb last year and like you I was interested in the background. Per a recommendation here I contact Jeff Cowherd via email, gave him the serial number and he gave me some info on it. Turns out is was an early 2007 Korean-made instrument. I have been very happy with the sound and construction. I also found this on the web

    There are three different generations of the JBovier F5 Tradition. The first generation was made in Korea and distributed to us dealers directly from Jeff Cowherd. The second generation was made in China and distributed by a Canadian company, Musiquip. Both of those generations had a polyurethane finish. The Korean version was more expensive, $900 for the mandolin verses $799 for the second generation F5 Tradition distributed by Musiquip. That is for the price of the mandolin alone and did not include a case. The current generation of JBovier F5 Tradition mandolins are made at a different Chinese factory than the second generation and are a step up in quality with a nitrocellulose lacquer finish. These are the highest quality built of the three generations and the price does include a hard-shell case.

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    I'm another satisfied customer. These are great mandolins for the price. I have a 2017 A 5 Custom that I bought new. Took 3 months or so of daily playing to open up, but it has plenty of belly and volume now. Only complaint is that the lacquer application needed a lighter hand. That said, very nice tonewoods and carving, a lovely radiused fretboard, bone nut, and Grover (I believe) tuning machines. Easy to play with a comfortable neck. Jeff Cowherd has ticked all of the boxes and delivers great service with a super product. There's a reason you don't see them for sale very often in the classifieds. MAS has led me to buy a Collings oval and a Stiver F - love them both - but my Bovier runs with the pack.

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    I have one of the first of the third generation A5 models that I purchased at the end of 2012, just as a Jeff was introducing the new instruments. Mine is actually one of the ones pictured on the website at the time. All I can say is it was excellent when I bought it and it continues to get better all the time. I am amazed at the fullness and sweetness of the tone. It certainly sounds like a much more expensive mandolin than it is.
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    I see Jeff is selling some new models....can't bite until I sell my Greenridge guitar built by Todd Stock. Well, a girl can dream!��

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    I have one of about 250 of Jeff's JBovier solid body electric mandolins. Met him at NAMM in 2006 or 2007 when these had first come out.

    I love my EMC-5 and wish he was making more. Jeff was also great to work with when I finally bought the instrument in 2010.

    Daniel

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