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    Default Re: Gilchrist's D log mandolins, do I have one ?

    There’s a build record on Gilchrist’s website. Search by serial number.
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    Default Re: Gilchrist's D log mandolins, do I have one ?

    According to the website it is Red Spruce, but not from the D-Log.

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    Default Re: Gilchrist's D log mandolins, do I have one ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh Levine View Post
    According to the website it is Red Spruce, but not from the D-Log.
    I thought the D log referred to a log of sugar maple rather than spruce?

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    Default Re: Gilchrist's D log mandolins, do I have one ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glassweb View Post
    I thought the D log referred to a log of sugar maple rather than spruce?
    It doesn’t appear to be listed as having wood from the D log, but that’s one hell of a beautiful looking mandolin you have there… The maple back is spectacular…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassweb View Post
    I thought the D log referred to a log of sugar maple rather than spruce?
    My mistake. You are correct. Regardless his page says yours is 1/4 sawn hard sugar maple with a red spruce top. It doesn’t have “D” in parenthesis which indicates D-Log. However, in my experience it doesn’t matter if it is D-Log or not. Steve Gilchrist doesn’t use bad wood and some of the instruments (many) that are not D-log sound better than many that are D-Log.

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    I think the key to the D log was that Gilchrist bought a lot of it and got to know it really well.
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    Thanks men for the info.
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    I own one in this batch and asked Mr. Gilchrist why all the light Cremona bursts all of a sudden and this was his reply:

    “I recall that whole batch was hard sugar maple that came from Wisconsin, mostly quarter cut and very clean. I think that's why the lighter burst choice.
    I have come across a couple in that batch that have matured in tone very well.”

    So, I lovingly refer to it as the “cheese” log ��

    He used to have a “W” next to most in this batch in the serial number list, but changed it to 1/4 at some point in the last year, or so.

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    Default Re: Gilchrist's D log mandolins, do I have one ?

    Astonishing looking maple in that batch!

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