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    Default NMD - Stradolin

    Was browsing eBay early one morning last week and found this one. Didn't think long before deciding to get it. Arrived yesterday from California.

    What I can figure out about it - earlier as it's all solid wood and has the comma shape F holes. Bridge is 2 piece. The fretboard is rosewood and the headstock overlay appears to be ebony (or another dark stained wood). Logo might be sprayed on, but it looks more like a decal. Under the fingerboard is a dark line almost like an ebony shim for contrast.

    Definitely not the higher quality model, though with no double dot at the 12th fret and, well, all the dots are way off center. Like someone trimmed too much from the end before slotting the frets. Plus the F holes are not uniform. Bass side is definitely larger than the right.

    Case is a Challenge style with purple interior.

    Sound is good. Standard wide D shape neck. For some reason these work better for me than the sharp V of the Gibson from the 1930's.

    Any idea on date? Looking through info on the SOL group looks closest to the 706 1/2 model.

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    I never paid a lot of attention to the fretboard dots being centered. I'll have to look at mine. Someone may have modified an f hole to do an internal repair at some time in the past. Looks good.
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    Wow, Eric, that sure is a pretty one. Love that back.
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    The wood on the back is nice—not what would be used on a bottom-line instrument. Any chance someone screwed up the fretboard later on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I never paid a lot of attention to the fretboard dots being centered. I'll have to look at mine. Someone may have modified an f hole to do an internal repair at some time in the past. Looks good.
    It's possible that happened. But it's also longer than the comma on the treble side. Wondering if it were more likely cut freehand, rather than with a template?

    Also, for those who keep track, the circular impression on the inside of the neck block is very deep on this one. Almost like it was slightly routed for the clamp.
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    Nice! Looks like that body could take a 5 scale neck! Mmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    It's possible that happened. But it's also longer than the comma on the treble side. Wondering if it were more likely cut freehand, rather than with a template?

    Also, for those who keep track, the circular impression on the inside of the neck block is very deep on this one. Almost like it was slightly routed for the clamp.
    It could also be someone did cut it freehand at the factory to cover up a mistake. You just never know.
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    Looks beautiful!

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    I saw that one posted and thought, “Now that is a great Stradolin!” Great looking woods on that one. It must sound terrific. Congratulations to you, Eric!
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