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    Hello everyone,
    Just joined the site and looking for any information on a Hohner F-Style mandolin. I found a piece of a label inside with Japanese writing, however, not enough to know what it says. It appears that it is difficult to find information on these. Someone has shared with me that it could be a '90's instrument made in Japan by Moridaira. Appears to be all solid wood construction but have not cleaned it up or set it up yet. If anyone has any information about this instrument, I'd appreciate any insight, information or value.

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    I don't know anything about your mando, but that DeArmond "Monkey on a Stick" pickup looks mint. If everything works on it, it might be worth something in itself.
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    I am not so sure the DeArmond mandolin pickups bring the big bucks. I know certain of the guitar ones do. Possibly Rhythm Chief?
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    Never seen an instrument with as much stuff stuck on the font, I'm sure it can't help the sound or playability.

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    I would assume by the the fact that it has a two screw truss rod cover (assuming there is a truss rod under it) that it probably was made in Japan in the 80's. As you already have surmised the pickup was an add-on. I would be surprised if it's stuck on permanently but I'd have to see it. Good chance that the top is solid and maybe the rest. I don't know if you'll ever truly ID the company that built it but it looks like what I would expect from an instrument from that era and country of origin. They didn't quite get the scroll right but most of the other builders didn't either. Good luck with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I would assume by the the fact that it has a two screw truss rod cover (assuming there is a truss rod under it) that it probably was made in Japan in the 80's. As you already have surmised the pickup was an add-on. I would be surprised if it's stuck on permanently but I'd have to see it. Good chance that the top is solid and maybe the rest. I don't know if you'll ever truly ID the company that built it but it looks like what I would expect from an instrument from that era and country of origin. They didn't quite get the scroll right but most of the other builders didn't either. Good luck with it.
    Thanks Mike. Nothing is permanently attached. It actually is a pretty need system on how everything mounts...pads under certain components, others floating. It is a D'Armond model 500 from 60's - 70's I believe. It is removed very quickly and in excellent condition. I am familiar with the guitar versions and they are very sweet. I disassembled the system to start a deep clean! Another thing that is cool is the pick guard...it is translucent in its lighter areas! Were these common? Anyway, thanks for the input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hanson View Post
    Never seen an instrument with as much stuff stuck on the font, I'm sure it can't help the sound or playability.

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    Hey Dave...luckily, nothing is permanently attached! Some components have felt pads and others floating. While they mount and are removed very quickly, I have taken it off to deep clean.

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    As the owner of numerous Hohner button accordions....imagine my surprise at seeing a Hohner-labeled mandolin.

    Alas, there is another version of MAS at play (melodeon acquisition syndrome.)

    As Gennis describes, I doubt they were made by the same folks at all, but it is a curious decision for them to choose to get into that territory.

    Or they might simply have licensed their name out?

    I'm sure I'll be shortly finding out that there Hohner branded tubas, banjos, synthesizers etc.

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    Interestingly enough, my first acoustic 6-string guitar (some years ago as a teen) was a Hohner guitar, made in Japan...an all solid wood beauty. -Greg

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    It very closely resembles (the scroll, binding, finish, no blocks at the neck joint, etc) an Ibenez I bought in the 1970s. As pointed out about, the two-screws in the truss rod cover points to it being a step or two above the more current Korean/Chinese junk.
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    NMC, but Prince played a Hohner telecaster copy for most of his career. Legend has it that he bought it at a gas station (used) for $30...

    I'm starting to sense a pattern here....Bill Monroe buying his mandolin at a barber shop, Prince at a gas station...well, maybe not enough to be a pattern, but a couple interesting alternatives to the stories of instruments found at flea markets, yard sales, estate sales, pawn shops, and of course, music stores.

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