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    Hi Folks,

    I am interested in the best, favorite headstock inlays for mandos? Especially interested in vinatge inlays that are cool but less well know?
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    This isn’t vintage, but it is cool. The headstock on my Phil Crump OM, which incorporates his initials and a cool floral design. As a botanist, I like it. Phil also has a botanical degree.
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    I always liked the A-3 squiggle, and the long torch and wire.

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    Anything without an unnecessary apostrophe for me!

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    I'm obviously biased but I think the inlay of my Beagle on the headstock of my Girouard A is pretty great!

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    I love the traditional fern on my Weber Diamondback.
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    Some of the upper line early Epiphone archtops had really nice inlays. Look up the Broadway and Deluxe models.

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    Mike Kemnitzer (Nugget), Tom Ellis, Andrew Mowry, Steve Gilchrist, Austin Clarke... just a few of the many modern masters of mandolin inlay...

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    The Michael Kelly Legacy Dragonfly fretboard inlay.
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    I really enjoy the headstock of my Mowry Octave.

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    That Brentup mandola in the classifieds has some pretty spectacular headstock inlay going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    Some of the upper line early Epiphone archtops had really nice inlays. Look up the Broadway and Deluxe models.
    rcc56 -- I agree! I really love the Epiphone archtop inlays-- the headstock and fretboard! My favorite is the Sheraton, among those you mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    Some of the upper line early Epiphone archtops had really nice inlays. Look up the Broadway and Deluxe models.
    Agreed. My 1936 Deluxe (possibly renecked at the factory in 1940s):

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    And for comic relief, my former 34 Epiphone Spartan (sold to a friend so I can visit)—I love the exclamation point that only appeared in the first years of production of this model.

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    The Gibson Torch and Wire (and the Brentrup above are probably my favorite.

    There's a thread from 2019 on peghead inlays to scroll through as well.

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    Ellis Hummingbird and this Oriole.....

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    Anyone else out there who cares more about how a mandolin plays and sounds than how good the bling is?

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    The original post was about mandolin headstock inlays, and I see we’ve wandered into guitar bling. So dare I bring up banjo headstocks? If so, my vote is for William Lange/Paramounts. And if banjo is beyond the boundaries of this discussion, paramount banjo-mandolin inlays were pretty sweet!

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    Here’s a paramount tenor guitar. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray(T) View Post
    Anyone else out there who cares more about how a mandolin plays and sounds than how good the bling is?
    Are the two things mutually exclusive? I'd be a real muppet if I'd dropped several grand on a mandolin just because of the inlay on the headstock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill McAuley View Post
    Are the two things mutually exclusive? I'd be a real muppet if I'd dropped several grand on a mandolin just because of the inlay on the headstock.
    Mutually exclusive? Not necessarily. But I certainly wouldn’t buy a mandolin because of it’s ornamentation and, to quite an extent, added bling generally puts me off.

    I’m surprised that nobody has mentioned the likes of Antoniotsai. His inlay work is impressive but I wouldn’t buy one of his instruments and, I suspect, neither would most serious mandolin players.

    The headstock of my 23/4 snakehead is enough for me - it’s screenprinted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray(T) View Post
    Mutually exclusive? Not necessarily. But I certainly wouldn’t buy a mandolin because of it’s ornamentation and, to quite an extent, added bling generally puts me off.

    I’m surprised that nobody has mentioned the likes of Antoniotsai. His inlay work is impressive but I wouldn’t buy one of his instruments and, I suspect, neither would most serious mandolin players.

    The headstock of my 23/4 snakehead is enough for me - it’s screenprinted!
    I didn't see a post in this thread where someone said that they'd bought a mandolin because of it's ornamentation, but I'll scroll back and check, maybe I missed that one - I thought this was just a thread about inlays that people liked. Hopefully all the "serious" mandolin players out there aren't judging me too harshly for having inlay of my Beagle on the headstock of my mandolin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbee View Post
    Here’s a paramount tenor guitar. Click image for larger version. 

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    Wow! I have never seen a Paramount tenor guitar. Any way we can see the whole instrument front and back?
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