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    Was watching this Merle Haggard video when this Tiny mandolin surprise came on about 8:57.

    The video won't play as an embedded video on another site so here is the link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeWY00gTCvo
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    That’s quite a mandolin
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    Sounds like an electric guitar to me.

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    Tiny Moore is well kmown for that style of electric mandolin. I think he also had one with a Bigbsy on it. Quite unique and strange to say, the body scroll going the other way quite suits the whole thing. Yeah it is like an 'octave above' guitar. The sort of thing that's ideal for someone who plays lead mandolin, cant play lead guitar but this is their way of fitting in with an electric band. There's lots of us like that.

    Not a mandolin as we know it but it takes all kinds as they say.

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    Coincidence? I came across this watching Roy Clark videos yesterday. Tiny shines at @ 1:50

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    I love the story Glen Campbell told about figuring out the guitar leads to a song not knowing Tiny was playing it on a mandolin.
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    Here's a closeup of Tiny's Bigsby.

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    I was surprised to see him using a copy on the second video posted. Then again Willie Nelson isn't playing Trigger in the first video.
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    I count 5 tuners on that thing.

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    That's what it had when Paul Bigsby built it for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I was surprised to see him using a copy on the second video posted. Then again Willie Nelson isn't playing Trigger in the first video.
    That copy is a Jay Roberts made in Yuba City Ca, and sold in Tiny's music store in Sacramento Ca. I'm lucky enough to own one. Wish mine had the Bigsby, but it's very cool and fun to play just the way it is. Yeehaw!
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    This is kinda a must see.

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    Default Re: A Tiny surprise....

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Was watching this Merle Haggard video when this Tiny mandolin surprise came on about 8:57.

    The video won't play as an embedded video on another site so here is the link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeWY00gTCvo
    And check out Willie's classic Astros sweater!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Seale View Post
    And check out Willie's classic Astros sweater!
    It was Willie in his formative years.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief View Post
    That copy is a Jay Roberts made in Yuba City Ca, and sold in Tiny's music store in Sacramento Ca. I'm lucky enough to own one. Wish mine had the Bigsby, but it's very cool and fun to play just the way it is. Yeehaw!
    Tiny played a Bigsby mandolin, but it didn't have "the Bigsby" which is this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Glassman View Post
    Tiny played a Bigsby mandolin, but it didn't have "the Bigsby" which is this:
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    I wonder if he ever played this one? It does say he owned it.
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    Well, he apparently owned the Tarver for a while; who knows, maybe he gigged with it a little.

    Video and photo evidence suggest there were at least two different Roberts mandolins with "TINY" on the pickguard; one is at Skip's Music in Sacramento and one is in a museum. Sometimes he played a third Roberts with a plain pickguard.

    Paul Buskirk's 10-string Bigsby also had a tremolo bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankdolin View Post
    This is kinda a must see.
    Three fairly decent pickers there. You know, sometimes I think I'm a pretty good musician, and then I see a clip like that and realize just how limited I really am. Something to shoot for I guess. They say you should never be satisfied with your abilities, and should always strive to improve. Oh, I attended a workshop that Jethro Burns led back in the 80's, and I have to say he was truly one of the nicest, most friendly people I've ever met. A real gentleman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I love the story Glen Campbell told about figuring out the guitar leads to a song not knowing Tiny was playing it on a mandolin.
    That's a bit strange. On Bob Wills records featuring solos by Tiny Moore you will often hear the leader hollering things like "The littlest instrument in the world, that mandolin".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankdolin View Post
    This is kinda a must see.
    Do I see/hear the late great Rob Wasserman on bass?
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    And there was this.

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    Jethro Burns on guitar is allways great. I wish I knew how to play chords like that.
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