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    Default Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    Here's a rather unique mandolin offering on eBay.com.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-BOW...UAAOSweaBeJKaW

    I have seen very many kinds of "butterfly" pickguards, but this design leaves me almost speechless. Bling OD, I'd say.

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    Default Re: Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    Well, they got the bling right.

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    Default Re: Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    Looks like the kind you iron on a T-shirt.

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    Default Re: Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    Seller thinks it's "1950's"; I'd add 50 years to its age...
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    Default Re: Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Seller thinks it's "1950's"; I'd add 50 years to its age...
    I am unsure about its exact age, however, going by the listing pictures, I am fairly certain that the mandolin was put together by someone who had limited instrument building skills.

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    Default Re: Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    I wonder how having the bridge on that material dampens the sound...

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    Default Re: Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Buesseler View Post
    Looks like the kind you iron on a T-shirt.
    Could the butterfly be a decal, rather than an inlaid pickguard? I'm uncertain after looking at the pics.
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    Default Re: Barrel back mandolin generously blinged

    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Could the butterfly be a decal, rather than an inlaid pickguard? I'm uncertain after looking at the pics.
    That question crossed my mind too, although I am leaning to inlaid.

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