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    Default Big muddy m-11 vs morris oval hole

    Hi!
    I have a Big Muddy M-11. It sounds tubby on the G-string. Could that be due to a need for new strings?

    Also, I'm wondering if a Morris oval hole would be more to my liking. Does he make an oval hole with an arched top? I also wonder if he would make it with a radiused fretboard.

    Thanks!

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    The m11 is all mahogany so it makes sense it would be on the "tubby" side tonally. As for a Morris oval hole, why don't you contact him? I'm sure he'd build whatever you like however you like.

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    Default Re: Big muddy m-11 vs morris oval hole

    I have a Big Muddy (M4 I think) and I also have a Morris arch top with F holes. So .... not the same but I will say that I experimented with picks and strings until I heard the sound I wanted.
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    Default Re: Big muddy m-11 vs morris oval hole

    I had a Morris A4 (arched top oval hole). It had a radiuses fret board. It was a beautiful mandolin. The sound was way different from my Big Muddy-not better or worse just different.
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    Default Re: Big muddy m-11 vs morris oval hole

    I have a Morris hybrid F4 - arched cedar top and arched maple back. Elevated radiused fretboard with a 14 fret body join. Warm tone, rich lows, lots of sustain.

    Sonny can build to your choice of tonewoods, radius, etc.

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    Default Re: Big muddy m-11 vs morris oval hole

    Thanks to everyone who gave their advice. Mandobart, could you send a picture of your mando please? It sounds like one something I'd be interested in.

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    Default Re: Big muddy m-11 vs morris oval hole

    Here are some pics of my Morris, built in 2010:

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    Default Re: Big muddy m-11 vs morris oval hole

    Thanks for the pics, Mandobart. I would like to look into possibly ordering one like it. Do you know what # it is? Like was it Howard's 85th, or whatever?

    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Big muddy m-11 vs morris oval hole

    Quote Originally Posted by MandoPlayer View Post
    Thanks for the pics, Mandobart. I would like to look into possibly ordering one like it. Do you know what # it is? Like was it Howard's 85th, or whatever?

    Thanks again!
    Mine is #184

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