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by Brendon Foley
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: A few questions about the mandolin family
Replies: 8
Views: 8848

Re: A few questions about the mandolin family

Hi Mario. From what I said I wasn't meaning to imply that Gibson-style mandos are the only ones out there. I'm well aware of the history of the mandolin and the neapolitan mandolin etc. Maybe I didn't phrase my reply correctly. In my limited experience the a-style and f-style mandolin are the ones t...
by Brendon Foley
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: A few questions about the mandolin family
Replies: 8
Views: 8848

Re: A few questions about the mandolin family

1. Tradition. Gibson set the standard with their archtop mandolins 100 or so years ago. The "copied from violin" hypothesis seems valid as Orville Gibson's designs were based on violin design. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that some modern mandolin builders such as Stefan Sobell have built Mandos...
by Brendon Foley
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 12 strings electric bridge.... Where to buy!
Replies: 5
Views: 3764

Re: 12 strings electric bridge.... Where to buy!

You can buy Chinese-made electric bridges and tailpieces off Ebay very cheaply, though the ones I have seen are Gibson-style. I'm sure with a bit of searching you'd find a fender-style 12-string bridge. Of course this brings with it the question of whether the quality is the same as that made in, sa...
by Brendon Foley
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Can anyone identify this instrument?
Replies: 5
Views: 4845

Re: Can anyone identify this instrument?

Yes, i'd definitely say it's a mandolinetto. Everything points to it being that. Thanks muchly Clay!
by Brendon Foley
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Can anyone identify this instrument?
Replies: 5
Views: 4845

Re: Can anyone identify this instrument?

The Scale length is 13 inches. It has a floating bridge whereas the Martin taropatches had a fixed bridge. I forgot to mention that it has no label or markings on it. It's 1 & 1/8 inches wide at the nut. I guess it's possible that someone fitted it with mandolin strings at some stage; the soundboard...
by Brendon Foley
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Can anyone identify this instrument?
Replies: 5
Views: 4845

Can anyone identify this instrument?

This instrument was given to me as it had a broken head-stock. They told me it was a Taropatch but all the references I have found online say the taropatch is a gut/nylon strung instrument and this instrument was fitted with mandolin strings. It also has what looks to me like a mandolin tailpiece al...
by Brendon Foley
Fri May 05, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Give-aways
Topic: May giveaway, Big Red Book of American Lutherie, Vol 7 (closed)
Replies: 22
Views: 20674

Re: May giveaway, Big Red Book of American Lutherie, Vol 7 (open)

Count me in...i'll cover shipping to Australia