Mandolin Brothers TV

In which Stan & co. discuss & demonstrate some of our most illustrious & intriguing instruments.


Gibson (used, 2003) RB-3 Reissue 5-String Banjo

If one is seeking “mint” condition, this is not “mint” (but then what is?), but it is certainly solidly excellent.   There are the most insignificant belt buckle in the wood on the back of the resonator as any instrument would suffer from just being around human beings for 12 years, but no sign of what one might call “playing wear.”

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Guild® (new) F130R Natural Acoustic Guitar

Rosewood orchestra-style guitars are ideal for players looking for a rich, complex sound with great balance and articulation. This perfectly describes the F-130R, which has all the smooth playability and solid construction discerning players have come to expect from Guild. Premium features include a solid spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides, a slim satin-finish mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, 1 3/4” nut, ivoroid binding, and mother-of pearl rosette and inlays. 

The Guild List Price is $999.99

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Bourgeois (new) 00 Country Boy Acoustic Guitar

Eastern red Adirondack spruce top, Mahogany back and sides, wood rosette, tortoise shell body binding, black/maple top border purfling, black line back strip, short scale square head with diamond head shape, Ziricote head veneer, Bourgeois Logo (ivoroid) head, 14-fret ebony fretboard, 1 23/32" nut width, vintage style fretboard dots, black fretboard binding, celluloid pickguard, Ebony belly bridge with 2.2 spacing, Waverly Nickel with Oval button tuners, made with hide glue, satin headstock finish and ebony pins.  Hard shell case included.

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Michael Daves plays "Footprints in the Snow."

It is said that when a Gibson Jumbo 35 is found to be in solidly excellent condition, with original hard shell case, it can, today, have a market value in upwards  of $15,500.  This guitar  has a newer bridge and some repaired cracks, and a new nut, Kluson Deluxe tuners, a newer case, glued internal braces and glued separations at the headstock as well as more  normal signs of wear.   But hey, it is what it is, and what it is, is very (very) rare.    And amazingly good sounding.

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Gibson (used, 1949) F-12 Mandolin

The Gibson Style F-12 harkens back to 1931 when Gibson decided, 9 years after they debut of the famous and fancy F-5, that a less expensive alternative was needed.   Early F-12s were somewhat fancy, having an ivoroid bound headstock and peninsula-extended fingerboard and the fingerboard was raised over the body as is an F-5.  On the headstock at that time was a vase and curlicue inlay pattern and the tuner buttons were actually mother of pearl. . . .  (click "More Info" for more of the story)

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Walker (used, 2000) Style A Special Rosewood Jumbo

This guitar was made by one of the finest individual builders of guitars known to us (and known to anybody else).   Features include utterly gorgeous bearclaw Sitka spruce for the face, having 17” full sized jumbo body, straight-grained East Indian rosewood sides and back.  It has a 1 ¾” nut width, snowflake and cats-eye fingerboard inlays in an ebony fingerboard which is bordered on each side in maple.    THIS WAS $19,584 BUT NOW ON SALE FOR:

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Gibson (used, 1949) F-12 Mandolin

The Gibson Style F-12 harkens back to 1931 when Gibson decided, 9 years after they debut of the famous and fancy F-5, that a less expensive alternative was needed.   Early F-12s were somewhat fancy, having an ivoroid bound headstock and peninsula-extended fingerboard and the fingerboard was raised over the body as is an F-5.  On the headstock at that time was a vase and curlicue inlay pattern and the tuner buttons were actually mother of pearl. . . .  (click "More Info" for more of the story)

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