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    Default Augustino LoPrinzi electric mandolin on Ebay

    I once owned a nice LoPrinzi acoustic guitar and I know that he also makes high end ukuleles but didn't know he had made this mandolin. It looks cool.

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    Default Re: Augustino LoPrinzi electric mandolin on Ebay

    Note the 1964 date on the case, long before his full-time involvement, and possibly made on his parents' kitchen table! IIRC, he was in New Jersey then.

    http://www.augustinoloprinzi.com/mee...-loprinzi.html

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    Default Re: Augustino LoPrinzi electric mandolin on Ebay

    I first become aware of LoPrinzi guitars through Mark Cosgrove, when I lived near Philly. I liked the headstock shape he used.

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    Default Re: Augustino LoPrinzi electric mandolin on Ebay

    I remember a few folks in the 1970s-80s who played LoPrinzi guitars. They were nicely made flattops with a good sound. This electric mandolin was probably a one of a kind custom model. The pickup should sound quite nice.
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    I like the funky look of that mandolin.
    This is my 1981 Augustino CM-20. It sounds great. Got El-Kabonged by a drunk in a bar fight when I was out on break, so the back has a rough cleat. Refinished after having the finish marred by Off mosquito spray and having the crushed velvet lining of the case stuck to it.
    A friend absconded with it in the 90's and returned it with a couple glued cracks. A few years ago, the Neck and bridge were worked on by Third Coast in Chicago, now plays like a dream.
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    Some friend... absconded and left You with the bill? At least you have the guitar and all the mojo that went with it.
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    Default Re: Augustino LoPrinzi electric mandolin on Ebay

    Eldon Stutzman, founder of Stutzman's Guitar Center, sold quite a few LoPrinzis in Rochester in the 1970's, when I worked there part-time. (Had to be part-time; he was only open Saturdays.) Nice guitars; when the LoPrinzi brothers stopped building together (I think they were brothers), Augie started making Augustino guitars and ukuleles very much like LoPrinzis. Tom also built guitars -- coulda been he who kept the "LoPrinzi" name -- but they were hand-built in a one-man shop, I believe.
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    Default Re: Augustino LoPrinzi electric mandolin on Ebay

    Augie was building in Clearwater Florida, now his daughter is with him. They won the LoPrinzi name back and are using that.
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    Default Re: Augustino LoPrinzi electric mandolin on Ebay

    Shades of Hans Brentrup!
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    Default Re: Augustino LoPrinzi electric mandolin on Ebay

    I believe the LoPrinzi company was purchased by another company. One brother stayed with the company. August left and made his own things for a while.

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