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    Default Martin style 20

    Anybody know what became of the mandolin Bill Bolick played??
    Early 1954 Gibson F-12
    Lare 1922 Gibson A2 paddlehead
    Late 1963 Gibson A5 Two point
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    ~1918 Weymann Style 30

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    Well, the collection of Bolick's papers, music (written and recorded), and such like is in the University of North Carolina library.

    No mention of the Martin mandolin.
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    So far as I know, Bill's mandolin has not turned up.
    Earl Bolick's D-28 was listed for sale at Maple Street Guitars a few years back.

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    Thanks for the info!

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    It appears.that Bill played a 1929 Style 20, since that was the only year the model was made without fretboard binding. 101 were made that year.
    I have a 1929 with very little little wear. Bob Chuckrow replaced the teenie bar fret with modern fret wire and it plays effortlessly. The tone is bright and immediate but with a woody bass. The tonal response is so unique that most players used to bluegrass mandolins don’t know what to do with them.

    I think the design of the Style 20 is so artful and the workmanship so immaculate that it deserves a spot in the Golden Age Hall of Fame. But so few exist that they are under appreciated.

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