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    Default Gibson EM-1235 with TWO MANDOLIN NECKS

    Freaky.

    i've seen these with a standard guitar neck and a mandolin neck, or a tenor guitar neck and a mandolin neck.

    This appears to have an 8-string mandolin neck and a 4-string mandolin neck, both of the same scale length (or pretty close to it).

    I doubt it's worth $149K but you can't deny it's cool.

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    That is pretty cool.
    I dont know about $149K, but it is certainly unique.
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    I'm puzzling over what the use for this would be. Maybe I lack imagination at the moment, but I can't think of one. Can someone enlighten me as to its utility?
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    Muy cooliso. Here's a couple images for posteriority.

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    Default Re: Gibson EM-1235 with TWO MANDOLIN NECKS

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Clark View Post
    I'm puzzling over what the use for this would be. Maybe I lack imagination at the moment, but I can't think of one. Can someone enlighten me as to its utility?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandolinstew View Post
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    I wonder if Jethro Burns ever considered one of these. I bet he would have made it sing.


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    I could see it if one neck was mandolin and one was OM. That, I could get some use out of. I just don't get two of the same scale length. Nah, not for me. YMMV and that's cool, too.
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    Default Re: Gibson EM-1235 with TWO MANDOLIN NECKS

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Clark View Post
    I just don't get two of the same scale length.
    I think they were going for a mandolin equivalent to the Double 12 guitar: one neck with single courses, the other neck with doubled courses. Perhaps the upper neck was strung in octaves?

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    I wonder if they'd take $49,000 for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmiller View Post
    I think they were going for a mandolin equivalent to the Double 12 guitar: one neck with single courses, the other neck with doubled courses. Perhaps the upper neck was strung in octaves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Nestlerode View Post
    I wonder if Jethro Burns ever considered one of these. I bet he would have made it sing.


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    Jethro played a Mandocaster(at least in the advert)I think Homer had a Duo Sonic

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandolinstew View Post
    Jethro played a Mandocaster(at least in the advert)I think Homer had a Duo Sonic
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    Most likely because I'm in the UAE, with these calculations being computer-generated – the shipping (to me) alone is $4,995!

    I'd love to know who "custom ordered" it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bevan View Post
    Most likely because I'm in the UAE, with these calculations being computer-generated – the shipping (to me) alone is $4,995!

    I'd love to know who "custom ordered" it.
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    Very cool. If I hit the lottery [well, I guess I'd have to play first], I might give it a whirl. It would definitely turn some heads.
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    For that price you could buy a Loar...... and I highly doubt it sounds as good as any 1000$ solid body electric mando being sold around these forums......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cú Chulainn View Post
    and I highly doubt it sounds as good as any 1000$ solid body electric mando being sold around these forums......
    Gibson humbucking pickups from that era are legendary, so that doubleneck may sound incredible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Rosett View Post
    Gibson humbucking pickups from that era are legendary, so that doubleneck may sound incredible.
    It ain't gonna sound like a Loar, though ...
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    Perhaps you're wondering if this is the highest price anyone's ever seen for an electric mandolin.

    No, it is not.

    I believe that distinction is still held by Nudie Cohn's Mosrite:
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    A bit overkill but one neck is double course while the other is single. Here is a picture of an EDS 1235 with mandolin and tenor guitar.Click image for larger version. 

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    I recall one of the mandolin/tenor doublenecks being for sale not that long ago, at less than a tenth of what's being asked for the 2-mandolin version.
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    the 2nd 4 string neck could get the Johnny Gimble CGDA string selection, option.. .050" C...
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    "But there are only so many people out there with $400,000 and an appreciation for a custom-built electric mandolin that comes in a blue velvet case."
    I suppose the number of people who have $400,000 and an appreciation for a custom-built electric mandolin
    is much larger than anyone who would actually buy it. Where do you find those people? Mandolin Cafe!
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