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    On Reverb, an Ibanez mandolin. I personally haven't seen one of these before.

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    Default Re: on Reverb: When a scroll isn't a scroll, or is it?

    Well known design, always know as the ' Mickey Mouse ear '

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    Default Re: on Reverb: When a scroll isn't a scroll, or is it?

    Or the "lump scroll," one of Gibson's less inspired ideas -- the F-model silhouette without all that expensive actual hand-work. At least this one pays a little respect to an actual scroll, by having a groove outlining where the real scroll should have been sculpted.

    Always interesting when someone "knocks off" an inferior model. On the other hand, consensus is that the scroll's pretty acoustically irrelevant, so a "lump scroll" Mickey Mouse mandolin could play and sound decent.
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    Default Re: on Reverb: When a scroll isn't a scroll, or is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hanson View Post
    Well known design, always know as the ' Mickey Mouse ear '

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    True, although this is the 1st "Mickey Mouse" with a scroll relief carved or pressed (or glued on?) that I've seen.
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    Default Re: on Reverb: When a scroll isn't a scroll, or is it?

    Just wondering when it was built - can’t find any reference to in the usual sources. Don’t remember seeing one before.

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    Those F-holes are positioned low and practically off the edge of the body. Strange.
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    Default Re: on Reverb: When a scroll isn't a scroll, or is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Those F-holes are positioned low and practically off the edge of the body. Strange.
    Looks like someone grabbed the “F” template for a full size guitar.

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    Default Re: on Reverb: When a scroll isn't a scroll, or is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray(T) View Post
    Just wondering when it was built - can’t find any reference to in the usual sources. Don’t remember seeing one before.
    The ad says it was built in 1982.
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    Default Re: on Reverb: When a scroll isn't a scroll, or is it?

    They had to work real hard to get the F holes in the right spot for the bridge. Being a lump scroll is bad enough, the rest is a little strange, right down to the tuners. Almost like copies of a Kluson model.
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    Default Re: on Reverb: When a scroll isn't a scroll, or is it?

    Do the Gibson "lumpys" have a strap button on the faux scroll? Weird.

    I like the A shape peg head. Reminds me of that newer Epiphone Masterbuild Oval.

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