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    Looking for opinions on this Stradolin mandolin. Is it a solid wood mandolin? The bridge will need replacing.

    What year was it made? 50's?

    Thank you for your time.
    Last edited by MandoMan1; Sep-13-2021 at 10:56pm. Reason: Trying to add photos

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    Will try to get photos added.

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    Default Re: Stradolin Mandolin

    Without photos nobody can make an eductaed guess
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I tried adding the photos, but keep getting an error message. Oh well. I can email the photos to you if you want me to? Thank you!

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    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I tried that, but keeps giving me an invalid file message.

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    Thank you your response.

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    Default Re: Stradolin Mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by MandoMan1 View Post
    I tried that, but keeps giving me an invalid file message.
    Could you give me the actual verbiage of the message? You need to upload files onto the Cafe or link files on webservers. If you're linking to a file on your computer it isn't going to work.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Mike thank you for your help. Going to try and add the other photos.

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    The finish has been stripped off. Post some other pictures when you can of the headstock front and back as well as the back of the mandolin.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Stradolin Mandolin

    Someone made an interesting one piece bridge.
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    Default Re: Stradolin Mandolin

    Actually some of the Strad's came with a similar bridge but I never saw one with an insert like that. And of course, after looking at every picture in the Strad-O-Lin social group I can't find an example of that one piece bridge design but I did find one with the other one piece design I owned.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    And the grain on that top. My mid-50s Strad, inexpensive descendant that it is, at least has a more usual cut, and solid wood. Did they go plywood at some point?

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    The other side of the coin is that this may not be a Strad-O-Lin genre mandolin. Need to see the headstock and the back.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Headstock looks a little rough.
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    OK, it's a Strad and that bridge wasn't anywhere near a competent luthier in its life

    I'd question the nut as well. If you're buying this don't pay a premium for it.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    My thoughts too. I am going to pass on it. Too rough when better examples are available. Thank you for your time.

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