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    I posted this a few month ago and I would like to thank those of you who replied. I purchased this mandolin from a WWII vet about a year and a half ago in Dallas . He told me a friend of his ,who made mandolins and violins off and on made it for him . I payed him $800 for a 1967 Gibson Dove (all the dove needed was a neck reset) and this mandolin. He said his friends name was Jimmy Pickett who happened to be in the war with him. The label inside says James H. Pickett October 1988 and the neck block says f-55 october 1988.It has a birdseye maple back and has a great "woody" tone and is extremly loud ! I took it to a local guitar shop in Dallas and they never heard of him but said It was made of all solid woods and looks to be hand made. I am just wondering if anyone knows any more info or if Mr.Pickett made anymore mandolins I could look at. Also ,The strap in the pictures was made and given to me by my very good friend Christian Brooks from oak cliff,TX . He is known for making the SRV strap for his friend Stevie Ray Vaughn. And he is still making straps and all kinds of goodies out of leather in Dallas . Thanks, Coop
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    While I don't know anything about the builder, he did some nice work. Love the back.

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    Default Re: Pickett mandolin<Does any one know anything about them?

    Yes , you are right ! This guy really did great work . Ive not seen many mandolins with birdseye.

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    Default Re: Pickett mandolin<Does any one know anything about them?

    Quote Originally Posted by JEStanek View Post
    Love the back.
    Yes indeed.

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    I have a viola made by Mr. Pickett the same year. I am related to him but know very little about him. I am trying to find out what I can. I believe he is a Great Uncle. My Grandmother (from Denton, TX) asked him to make me a viola while I was in middle school or high school orchestra. I was told he mainly made violins and this was his first viola. I'm not sure if he made others later. I included a few photos of my viola.

    I will respond back with any additional details I find.
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    From , "The Violin Makers of the United States", by T.J. Wenberg:


    Pickett, James H.; Woodville, TX. 1934-(printed in 1986). Born in Houston, TX, Worked for Control Data Corp. doing field work. Retired in Woodville in 1985. Started making and repairing violins while in Richmond, VA. Established own shop in 1985. Strad model, uses a lacquer finish. Has made 5 violins 1 viola, 1 guitar, AND...1 mandolin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luthier88 View Post
    From , "The Violin Makers of the United States", by T.J. Wenberg:
    Hah, you beat me to it!
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    Default Re: Pickett mandolin<Does any one know anything about them?

    OK then, a 10 year old thread. Every thread with the word Pickett in it on the Cafe is here.

    He did nice work and we know where the one viola and that one mandolin are. That's really pretty cool.
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    Default Re: Pickett mandolin<Does any one know anything about them?

    Some Pickett guitar information might be found here on the UMGF Not sure if that's right or not. Descue might know.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Some Pickett guitar information might be found here on the UMGF Not sure if that's right or not. Descue might know.
    Different Pickett. Wenberg lists him, Howard Pickett, from Heidelberg, Mississippi, 1912-1983. Mostly Classical guitars, 12 violins.

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    This is great information, thank you very much! I am doing some asking around to see what other information I can find. Would have liked to have found that he made a 15.5" viola, the one I have is 14", but still very pleased to find out more about my great uncle. Who knows maybe we will find a family member still makes instruments.

    I am having my viola restrung and serviced now, I will share a better photo once I get it back. Thanks again friendly internet people!

    Quote Originally Posted by luthier88 View Post
    From , "The Violin Makers of the United States", by T.J. Wenberg:


    Pickett, James H.; Woodville, TX. 1934-(printed in 1986). Born in Houston, TX, Worked for Control Data Corp. doing field work. Retired in Woodville in 1985. Started making and repairing violins while in Richmond, VA. Established own shop in 1985. Strad model, uses a lacquer finish. Has made 5 violins 1 viola, 1 guitar, AND...1 mandolin.

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    14" viola? That is the size of a violin and would be considered the equivalent of a 3/4 violin, I would guess. You were probably much younger than high school. 15.5" is considered to be on the small size for an adult viola.
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    I believe a 14" viola = 4/4 violin but yes, it was before high school, probably 8th grade but I continued to use it through high school. Guess I will use it as a practice instrument until I decide if I want to make a larger investment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    14" viola? That is the size of a violin and would be considered the equivalent of a 3/4 violin, I would guess. You were probably much younger than high school. 15.5" is considered to be on the small size for an adult viola.

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