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    Default Trying to ID an UNMARKED "A" Style Mando - 3" thick?

    I'm not even sure its precisely a mandolin. If so, the neck is Piccolo sized, and it has a round hole, 2-1/4" in Dia,

    As said 3" thick; Nice tone from what I get from the 5 strings left.

    Front and back are Spruce, No paper, of any visible remnants inside.

    Soundboard and back have the slightest of arch.


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    Default Re: Trying to ID an UNMARKED "A" Style Mando - 3" thick?

    Paracho (Mexico) product, maybe? Kinda looks like it...
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    Default Re: Trying to ID an UNMARKED "A" Style Mando - 3" thick?

    I had a mandolin that looked rather like that which I bought in a shoe store in Costa Rica about 30 years ago. I can't make a direct comparison, as the neck twisted and I passed it on to someone with more patience.

    D.H.

    Edit: Mine was similar to this one, and from the same maker (or possibly his brother, who was also a luthier):

    https://reverb.com/item/10267855-mad...-rica-mandolin

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    Default Re: Trying to ID an UNMARKED "A" Style Mando - 3" thick?

    Quote Originally Posted by Outlawmws View Post
    I'm not even sure its precisely a mandolin. ... the neck is Piccolo sized ...
    What's the scale length, being the vibrating portion of the strings from nut to bridge (approx.)? Mandolin is often 13 7/8", short being 13", sometimes 14.5" or so.
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    Default Re: Trying to ID an UNMARKED "A" Style Mando - 3" thick?

    Thanks Guys!

    I think Alan may have nailed it. I did a Google search for images, and found quite a few similar, one virtually identical including the tailpiece, (sort of a "gull wing" thing..) Assuming the ones I saw were accurately accounted for, Mid 60's Paracho - Even the 3" depth looked right.

    Is is a Mandolin? Ed, the length you asked for is just over 13-1/2. so that's right for a Mando. Other descriptions I saw mentioned a "piccolo" mandolin vs soprano, so maybe that has merit also?

    I'm going to assume the strings are the same in any case - I may have a spare set.

    This is mando #3 for me, plus a project banjolin I need to re-skin and fix up otherwise... i'm not a serious player (I always say I "play at" the guitars and mandos.. - same with harmonica, which I haven't touched on years), but I love collecting small instruments and have quite a few.

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