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    I have an enquiry about the value of a 1950 Gibson..... apparently an EM150...... as I know absolutely zip about Gibson mandolins.... anyone tell me what its worth in good condition, though does have some damage.
    I've a few online at around 1000-1500$..... is that realistic??
    Also, is it a carved or flat top??
    Told you I know nothing about them....
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    Good emando.com summary on the EM-150. It's a carved-top instrument, quite like the A-50 that Gibson produced, but with a magnetic pickup installed. Apparently the 1930's-40's version with the "Charlie Christian" pickup is more valuable than the later P0-90-like pickup.
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    But the P90 is a much better pickup then the earlier CC pickups. If you can find a 50's under $800 it's a good deal. If you paid more than $1500 you got ripped. I've seen dealers ask $2000 for a really clean one.

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    I have a late 30s EM-150 with the CC pickup. In fact I have a partial set of instruments with that pickup including ES-150 guitar and ET=150 Tenor guitar (missing the lap steel and the electric tenor banjo). I love the dirty sound of that pickup. Of course P90s have their own sound but the CCs are unique and different animals altogether. I don't know if any modern pickup gets that tone. I first wanted a guitar when I heard Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers.
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    Allen, when I first saw that mando-tenor picture, my heart stopped for a second and then I had to look closer. Man, I love the idea of mando-bass double neck. My dream combination. My first bass was an EB-O and my first mando an EM-150. I'd need two sets of floor pedals….

    Any photos of that one around?

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    One sold on eBay in Aug. for $511, but I've seen them go for as high as $1100. $1500 is too high. I think closer to the $1000 mark for one in nice condition is fairly reasonable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brunello97 View Post
    Allen, when I first saw that mando-tenor picture, my heart stopped for a second and then I had to look closer. Man, I love the idea of mando-bass double neck. My dream combination...
    'Fraid you'll have to get a luthier to build you one. Gibson made guitar/mandolin double-necks, and the tenor guitar/mandolin rarity (the emando pic is the only place I've ever seen it). They also made six-string/12-string double-necks. Never seen a bass/mandolin double-neck.

    Whoops, take that back; pic of a Gibson bass/mandolin double-neck here!! Bassist is Allen Woody of Government Mule.
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    Thanks, Allen. I guess I could have just followed your link a little more thoroughly as well. Here's another picture from the Emando site.

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