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    Default What F5 is Tim O'Brien Playing at Greyfox 2015

    Hi-
    I am watching the Greyfox virtual festival-- Hot Rize. Tim O'Brien is playing an F5, and I cant tell what make/model. Anyone know what F5 Tim plays? I have always seen him with his black A model (Collings/Nugget?)

    THANKS!

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    Default Re: What F5 is Tim O'Brien Playing at Greyfox 2015

    Clarification---I think it is a Gibson, but I am curious about specifics...

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    Default Re: What F5 is Tim O'Brien Playing at Greyfox 2015

    It looks like a Gibson "Sam Bush" model. It has the flowerpot headstock inlay, the block inlay on the neck and the cut off florida at the end of the finger board.




    I just read an interview with Tim from 2019 and when asked about his mandolins he stated he only played an F style mandolin for about a year with Hot Rise, preferring his A model.
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Default Re: What F5 is Tim O'Brien Playing at Greyfox 2015

    It looks like a Sam Bush model, perhaps he was checking it out.
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    Default Re: What F5 is Tim O'Brien Playing at Greyfox 2015

    Definitely looks like a Sam Bush.

    I noticed Brian is playing a Gibson guitar. Wonder if there was some sort of Gibson promo or recognition going on that day at the festival.
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    Default Re: What F5 is Tim O'Brien Playing at Greyfox 2015

    Bryan is playing a 1941 Gibson J-35. They played here back around the same time. Tim was playing one of his Nuggets. I had to do about three double takes when I saw Bryan's guitar to make sure it wasn't a modern re-issue. It is one of the cleanest pre-war Gibson instruments that I have seen.

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