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    Default 1920s Harmony Shutt Style Mandolin

    Sold as a Sterling which I seem to remember was a Tonk Bros brand. This seller likes to identify instruments as Regal made- he has a parlour guitar for sale described as such but they are both Harmony made. This looks at a quick glance to be quite a nice instrument but it is probably overpriced.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255258193...gAAOSwsN5hqRbd

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    Look at this one: https://reverb.com/item/47103505-shu...5-honey-spruce
    Not sure of the Shutt part.
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    There are members who might be able to confirm if it is a Shutt product. Certainly, a higher quality instrument. I have never seen a bridge like that before and it may well be original to the instrument.

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    Love the pick-guard cutout on these. Makes sense, right? Might be another unsung Shutt innovation ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim simpson View Post
    Look at this one: https://reverb.com/item/47103505-shu...5-honey-spruce
    Not sure of the Shutt part.
    That's a similar - almost certainly Harmony made - example of the Shutt design. It's been stripped and has an amateur refinish, and non-original bridge. An amateur neck reset (with a pin added through the back) A surprisingly 'close to fitting', much later, tweed hardshell case.

    And yes, the pickguard shape, following the contour of the f-hole is a Shutt innovation. Patented, (I think) along with a means of attaching pick guards (not used here), and a bridge design that allowed for intonation adjustment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradKlein View Post
    That's a similar - almost certainly Harmony made - example of the Shutt design. It's been stripped and has an amateur refinish, and non-original bridge. An amateur neck reset (with a pin added through the back) A surprisingly 'close to fitting', much later, tweed hardshell case.

    And yes, the pickguard shape, following the contour of the f-hole is a Shutt innovation. Patented, (I think) along with a means of attaching pick guards (not used here), and a bridge design that allowed for intonation adjustment.
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    Here's a Shutt mandolin in action.... as played by Maestro Compton just a couple weeks ago..
    Playing a Shutt that once belonged to you Bradley..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiMe-E7xGrM
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