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    I never thouht a mandolin could be this ugly. Does somebody know what it is? I didn´t find it at the vintageinstruments site.

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    almost looks like the "Duck"
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    Hmm... they should have never asked Salvador Dalí for his A-style blueprints.
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    The day I recieved my bending iron I practiced bending wood for hours. I threw most of the pieces away. It appears as though they were salvaged from the landfill and used on this mandolin.

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    How about this one?

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    What about that checkerboard model that stayed on ebay forever?

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    owsley- isn't that the dude who made all the acid for the acid tests during the 60s in the bay area- i didn't know he made mandos during the parties.........

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    You are right Ira! Looks like a Timothy Leary Orange Sunshine Burst on the front, and a purple Owsley micro finish on the back!



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    im havin a flashback

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    Poor Orville Gibson, He's going to be rollin in his grave if he knows about that Owsley creation.

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    All hail Orville's genius!

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    hold on a minute! i like that last mando!
    Nuff said

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    Y'know... what that thing really needs to set it off is a scooped fretboard.

    BTW - must've been a sale on bone nut material the week that thing was built... y'think??
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    Bad thing about that last one, take a closer look:
    Wife would always be yelling at me for leaving it up after flushing...
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    It's a good thing Lloyd Loar wasn't a plumber then eh Ted.
    And please folks, respect for Orville.....even when he did put cherubs on the pick guard.

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    I wonder where the carb is on that bong?

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    I'll bet that neck never warped.

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    The last post was about the Lyre-shaped mandolin.
    3 finger chop

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    "There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste." Goethe

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    That Owsley mandolin has been discussed many times here on the Cafe. I agree it is truly ugly.

    However, and I know I will not get a lot of agreement on this, I wonder what the reaction would be if we had never seen an F style mandolin before, it had never been invented until now, and we saw one for the first time. I think people would go, "What is the deal with that? That's awful!"

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    This thread (ending on #17) actually dates back over 8 years ago to 2004. Some of the images are no longer with us. RIP. :-)
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    Photos please the listing/link has ended.
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