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    Default EM-150 CL. Pretty fair deal. NFI.

    Just listed last night, I imagine he'll move it pretty quick.

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    Default Re: EM-150 CL. Pretty fair deal. NFI.

    Kinda beat, but cheap enough. Parts and case are worth that.

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    Default Re: EM-150 CL. Pretty fair deal. NFI.

    I had one of those, and $350's what I paid for it, back in the day.

    It wasn't easy to play, and I snapped the truss rod trying to easify it. Took it to a guitar show, the first guy I ran into offered me less than I was asking (I forget what that was), I told him "I'm not going to get lowballed by the first buyer I meet", he met my price, thanked me for my honesty (I told him about the truss rod), and that was the extent of my Gibson mandolin experience.

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    Default Re: EM-150 CL. Pretty fair deal. NFI.

    Closeups of the end of the fretboard, particularly the one shot from the treble side, show high action.

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    Also, it looks like there's just a hole where the pickup jack should be.

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    Last EM150 I owned was a '30s model, but someone had put a new (flat) back on it. I sold it to Zeke Griffin, who promised to give it a proper carved back.

    This one looks like it'd need to be retopped. I'm not sure who in my area would be up for such a project. I still have projects being worked on by my two favorite repair techs, and would like to get those back before I send them anything else.

    If, however, I were to have it retopped, I'd be tempted to make it a true semihollow electric. Have the luthier put in a solid center block to support the pickup, and carve a new top with no soundholes. More than you wanted to know about electric mandolins.

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