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The J designation refers to the vintage Gibson mandobass.

They were created by Gibson to complete their mandolin orchestras. Gibson claimed at the time that they produced 'deep and profound pulsations'. The truth is not so exciting.

The scale length is 42" and 65" tall, 25" wide. It is designed to be played either guitar style or upright and has an extending foot for each position. Tuned an octave below the bottom four strings of a guitar the sound is not all you might hope.

Mandobass images from the Mandolin Archive

Authored by: Dan Beimborn

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