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    One of these days I'm going to remember which way to hold my phone so that photos turn out right side up on the MC forum
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    I awake in a fog. . .

    Last night I offered $600 against a $1,200 eBay pitch on an '83 2M. The dust settled at $650.

    Now to wait. . .

    Seems almost perfect condition and includes the 5-latch case.

    Couldn't pass it up!

    I think it's compulsive?

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    I just have to say I love this 17-year-old thread. It was started the year my youngest was born!
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    Welcome back to this old thread!
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    So just a basic question..how similar is the 1N to the Gibson Army/Navy (or the three mandolins I've made from Crystal Forest plans)?

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    Hmm? I've only had the Flatiron in my hands. I think the original Flatiron was modeled after the Army-Navy; however. Not sure about the Crystal Forest?

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    Looking at the Crystal Forest plans, they look similar to the Army Navy style. Not sure if the Crystal Forest is deeper at 1.5 inches or not.
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    Okay. Thanks. I forget the depth on the plans. I followed the plans pretty closely on the first one then tried a little deeper body and different wood from the maple spruce original. Very subtle differences and all fun to play.

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    The CF plans call for sides that are 1.5" deep. Terry's (Crystal Forest) mandolins are only slightly different from the 1N, but to look at a Crystal Forest next to a Flatiron, it'd be hard to tell the difference. I do believe the Flatiron was modeled after the Gibson Army/Navy.

    I have built 2 from the Crystal plans, ... I am in the process of finishing up the second: with this one, i modified the plans even further, it is x-braced with a 7' radius induced arch (rather than 10'), i made the sides about 1.75" deep and did F-holes rather than an oval. The top is redwood and the back and sides are redbud wood.

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    Here are all 3 of the above mentioned Mando's from left to right: Gibson Army/Navy, Flatiron 1N, and Crystal Forest.

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    You can tell they are all very similar and I believe anyone would be comfortable calling them "Pancake" Mandolins! Gibson also sold the "Alrite" which was a fancier version of the Army/Navy mandolin with fancier appointments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soliver View Post
    Gibson also sold the "Alright" which was a fancier version of the Army/Navy mandolin with fancier appointments.
    Andy Poe also sold an Alrite . . . once!

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    And theres the Redline Traveler too,... just sayin'... but the discussion above was regarding the A/N, the 1N and the Crystal Forest mandos... and there's also the Sawchyn Beavertail. .... I'd say its a safe assumption that these are all modeled after the original Gibson A/N mando, though I'm not 100% certain.
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    . . . and Troublesome Creek too:

    https://troublesomecreekguitars.com/...hm-1-mandolin/

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    Finished my #002 build. I posted this and a video in my thread about the build of #001, but wanted to share a pic here too:

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    This one is X-braced rather than the typical A or H style bracing on the CF plans for this type of mando. Its also about 3/16" deeper and has violin style f-holes rather than the round hole. Redwood top and Redbud back and sides.
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