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    Default Is this Gibson A-5 model familiar to anyone?

    I have had this instrument since 1984, music store said '76 model, so it was NOS. I haven't seen another one like it. Any help with possible value?
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    yeap, the old 70's lumpy scroll (some call them the mickey mouse ears model). This A5 replaced the previous A5 which had the 2 points on it with the red cherryburst finish. Even in great minty condition I don't see it being over $1500. But it is a real Gibson made in the mid 70's when they fired all the old luthiers and hired some space aliens to make them up until 1978 when they went back to building a better mandolin. They sound like an old F4 sorta.

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    "They sound like an old F4 sorta."

    Yah, sorta... I'd much rather have an old F4!

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    I think there's a lump scroll A-12 in the classifieds right now. It's the same as yours only with F holes. They have been called the Gumby model here as well. As far as the value goes the F5's from that era usually don't bring a huge amount of money so these are not going to be seen as world beaters. Tom's probably right about the value.

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    I've played a few of these that actually sounded quite good and they all had very nice, Loar-tapered necks... very comfy in the hand.

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    My friend Wayne Fugate has played a Smart mandolin for many years. You can hear some samples here.

    Lawrence came here (about an hour north of New York City about 12 years or so ago and showed off a few of his creations. Very nice mandolins for sure.
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    I'm pretty sure Jim posted this in the wrong thread.
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    Default Re: Is this Gibson A-5 model familiar to anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I'm pretty sure Jim posted this in the wrong thread.
    Non sequitur, ya think? I don't think A. L. Smart produced many gumbies
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I'm pretty Jim posted this in the wrong thread.
    First of all, I am "pretty Jim." not you. Also, I am pretty dumb to post that post which needs to be in the thread on Smart mandolins. Doh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    First of all, I am "pretty Jim." not you. Also, I am pretty dumb to post that post which needs to be in the thread on Smart mandolins. Doh!
    You are pretty Jim I just don't know what happened to the "sure" that was supposed to be in that message.
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    Freudian slip?
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    Thanks for all the replies to this post; I'm much more informed now. I will probably put it up for sale, perhaps the Fishman bridge PU will add value to help it move. I'm interested in a quality mandola next.
    Here's a pic of my other mandolin:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darryl Carter View Post
    ...Here's a pic of my other mandolin:
    Looks just like the one I have, with the "stars & moons" cover plate, except mine has the round "screen holes" in the upper bout, rather than f-holes. Fun instrument!
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