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    Not a sunburst:

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    I must like blonde mandolins. Here are two blonde-top piccolo mandolins on my bench right now awaiting tuners, TP, nuts and bridges. One is Cherry, the other Black Walnut. What I really like is the contrast between the hardwood sides and the Spruce tops. It has been fun to see the nice photos posted in this thread! Lots of beautiful blonde mandolins out there!
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    Playing this one right now...it's a great Mandolin.Click image for larger version. 

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    My blond Kimble 2 point

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    Blondes, in general....

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    Southwest or Tangerine finish by Collings. Click image for larger version. 

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    Count me in..

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    Do you know the story about Jesse McReynolds and Jethro discussing this? Jesse had gotten a new Stiver with all premium woods, and it came with blond finish. Bu tit was more expensive than a sunburst would have been because Stiver used the most expensive woods and wanted to show them off. Anyway, Jesse was backstage complaining that a natural finish mandolin should be cheaper since it didn't have all the work a sunburst requires.

    To which Jethro replied in his Knoxville drawl, "I dunno, Jesse. In my experience blonds are ALWAYS more expensive." Ba-dum CHEE!

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    Gilchrist in the classifieds.....

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    Gentlemen prefer blondes.
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    To add to the photos -

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    Your MT has a nice butt. Lp
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    Quote Originally Posted by HonketyHank View Post
    I have straw-blonde to deep honey-blonde within easy reach:
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    Hey Hank is that a Kimble with those sweet Pearl blocks in the board-looks like the one posted on page 3 someone else posted? I seriously have a thing for pearl blocks man! I think they are ultra gorgeous! I picked up a seriously screwed up 1924 Gibson Tenor Lute that was already converted to a Mandola and while the neck was wrong and busted, the back and sides were painted an awful color but at least the top was original blonde so I'm thinking of pearl blocks in the new maple Dola necks ebony board! As my other 1924 TL that was a basket case I picked up at a deal off evilbay years ago that I had converted to a Dola has a black top with gold pearl blocks in the ebony board! Yep she'll be a blonde topped Mandola with pearl blocks!

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    Here is what is on the stand this morning: Morris Mandolin (Handmade in Oregon)

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    My Morris Mandolin (Made In Oregon) was sitting on the stand this morning when I read this thread. Click the image to enlarge.

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    I play two blonde mandolins, my Gibson A and Weber Yellowstone A HT. They are both great mandolins, as well as my Pava. Enjoy the Journey. Happy New Year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmuller View Post
    Blondes, in general....

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    I got one of those to. Except she decided to take up broom riding.

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    Count me in. I prefer natural wood over any kind of stain, especially a yellow to black or yellow to red sunburst. Funny how natural tops are pretty standard for guitars but we got stuck with all those ugly burst for mandolins?

    These have western red cedar and redwood soundboards, left to right. So maybe not technically "blonde".

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    I’m favoring natural soundboards, which quite often seem to be blonds. No problem with darker woods, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimt View Post
    I got one of those to. Except she decided to take up broom riding.
    I think this is the best comment I’ve read on this forum. I’ve been laughing about it for two days now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Connor View Post
    I think this is the best comment I’ve read on this forum. I’ve been laughing about it for two days now.
    I loved that comment too and found it very clever! Made me want to start a band called The Broom Riders!
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    The top of my Pava Pro is blonde, which was one key aspect that really attracted me to it, among several others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rnjl View Post
    Apparently there are different versions of this story but it has to be repeated on this thread (I think it's been told on the Cafe before). Jethro Burns was on some panel or workshop discussing mandolins and someone brought up that blondes cost more and Jethro deadpanned something like, "blondes always cost more" or "that's true for mandolins too."

    That's our Jethro.
    Not to argue with a Legendary Player, but.... not necessarily

    These range from decent to pretty darn awesome IMO.
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