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    I was brainstorming a name for my mandolin and was thinking about what names the pro's have used:

    Sam Bush: Hoss
    Jeff Austin: Heartattack
    CJ Lewandowski: Hulk

    That's about as far as I got off the top of my head....anyone know any?

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    David Grisman: Crusher.

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    Can't forget "Dude". Chris's old ax.

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    I don't know if Bill named his mandolin. Maybe Pokerface.
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    Ronnie McCoury's 1981 "S" hole Gilchrist: Ole Red

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    I don't know of any mandloin names but I think Willie Nelson calls his famous guitar "Trigger".

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    For those who wonder why reading this thread makes you feel vaguely uncomfortable, here's an article about the concept of naming stuff that you own:

    https://www.thecut.com/2017/11/the-p...our-stuff.html

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    I named my #15 "The Penetrator". You could stand outside one of those tight closed jams and chop and heads would turn.
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    Ali Stephens named all her instruments.

    http://www.alisonstephens.com/

    I was always v fond of 'Beast', a beautiful octave mandolin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldSausage View Post
    For those who wonder why reading this thread makes you feel vaguely uncomfortable, here's an article about the concept of naming stuff that you own:

    https://www.thecut.com/2017/11/the-p...our-stuff.html
    My favorite paragraph:
    So why don’t we name a toilet, considering how important it is? The answer, Peterson said, lies partly in social status: “If you’re going to name something, there’s a chance someone is going to hear the name,” he explained. Since you’re probably not going to be chatting with friends about your porcelain throne, you’re not likely to name it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    My favorite paragraph:
    So why don’t we name a toilet, considering how important it is? The answer, Peterson said, lies partly in social status: “If you’re going to name something, there’s a chance someone is going to hear the name,” he explained. Since you’re probably not going to be chatting with friends about your porcelain throne, you’re not likely to name it.
    I always like to introduce new visitors to my house to "Geoffrey".

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    Let's see: over there is Sid "Swingline" Stapler. And there is Bachelor the Spatula. And Fred the Fire Extinguisher. And, of course, Porky the Porcelain Throne™.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    My favorite paragraph:

    So why don’t we name a toilet, considering how important it is? The answer, Peterson said, lies partly in social status: “If you’re going to name something, there’s a chance someone is going to hear the name,” he explained. Since you’re probably not going to be chatting with friends about your porcelain throne, you’re not likely to name it.
    I think we name most toilets "John." Or "Jon" -- dunno which.
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    I think this is a very personal thing.. I've never named any inanimate object, except ironically, but I know people who take it very seriously as part of the bonding process. "Sweet new laptop, what are you going to name it?" "The Dell".

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    Robin Bullock's three Gibson A's are - The Feral Cat, Coyote and Black Beastie.

    My Gibson A Jr. is "junior". The Kalamazoo is "Beater" because it is my beater instrument (and a reference to LOTR Glamdring).
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    So far, I've never named an instrument. But, I did notice an interesting acronym could result from my new blue Fender Alternate Reality Tenor. Maybe not so much a name as a title is in order.
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    My girlfriend loved the new Acura so much that "I will name him George, and I will hug him, and pet him, and squeeze him." That led to the older Mercedes becoming "Paul," and the much older banged up Honda Accord with peeling paint becoming "Ringo," the funny looking one.

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    I had friends—both gone now—that named many objects in their home. The refrigerator was Francine, the kitchen wastebasket Carl, and the wide two-drawer filing cabinet answered to Gomez.

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    Jethro Burns called his red two point Gibson "Big Red".
    I call my mandolin "Scordato", which is the Italian term for "out of tune".
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    And there we have it Louise and all, "and the wide two-drawer filing cabinet answered to Gomez."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    I think this is a very personal thing.. I've never named any inanimate object, except ironically, but I know people who take it very seriously as part of the bonding process. "Sweet new laptop, what are you going to name it?" "The Dell".
    I think it may be different for famous mandolin wielders like Grisman and Jethro Burns. I wonder if the reason they do it is more similar to the practical reason people name boats. Performers get interviewed by the press, questioned by the public, and their instrument choices are studied (by us), so they need a way to refer to them.

    For many of us "my mandolin" is good enough, but the more you own the less useful this becomes -- for some even "my Gibson" could cover any of a half dozen instruments. Perhaps that is when naming them becomes linguistically inevitable. And indeed Marty, now I come to think of it, you actually have named many mandolins.

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    I call my new to me Eastman the Banjo Killer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gspiess View Post
    I call my new to me Eastman the Banjo Killer.
    A fitting name for a chainsaw, but surely an ironic one for a mandolin.

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