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    Default 2002 Roberts Fern w/ different inlays

    Howdy y'all.
    Has anyone ever seen these marker inlays?
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    Default Re: 2002 Roberts Fern w/ different inlays

    They remind me of the Flying Eagle inlays of a banjo. I know they're not!
    Flying Owl maybe?
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    Sorry I don't have more/better pictures.
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    Default Re: 2002 Roberts Fern w/ different inlays

    If you bought it used, maybe a previous owner had it done. It looks like high quality work.

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    Default Re: 2002 Roberts Fern w/ different inlays

    Hey Skip. I was told a collector from the UK had it built this way from Gibson.?. I've never seen "custom" inlay work from the Gibson factory though. I'll have it in hand this week!!
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    Default Re: 2002 Roberts Fern w/ different inlays

    Is this the same mandolin?

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    Default Re: 2002 Roberts Fern w/ different inlays

    Nope. That has the standard 70's style inlays.
    But thanks!!
    It should arrive tomorrow, so I'll post more on it.
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    Default Re: 2002 Roberts Fern w/ different inlays

    An '02 Roberts is probably a killer mandolin,,,I was wondering about the inlay myself,but I know that Roberts did some custom orders in the early 2000's...

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    Default Re: 2002 Roberts Fern w/ different inlays

    Well the inlays turned out to be stickers!!

    While I am a bit perturbed by that, this mandolin is a monster & I got a super deal on it. So all-in-all, I'm tickled with it.
    It's as unplayed as a brand new one. The tone right out of the gate stunned me! I'm really looking forward to playing this for a long, long while!
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    Default Re: 2002 Roberts Fern w/ different inlays

    Glad it's a good one! Now the question is are the stickers staying or going?
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    Default Re: 2002 Roberts Fern w/ different inlays

    Jim, they were peeled off immediately! I don't like plastic on an instrument (I'll change the truss rod cover) let alone stickers!! They actually did look pretty good! Definitely passable at five feet, but I just couldn't leave them on.
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