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  • The latest from Grit Laskin. Two hundred and twenty three parts!

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  • Sorensen Pacifica USED.

    This is my second Pacifica from Steve. Its another beauty in sound and looks. Engelmann spruce top, flamed maple back and sides, ebony fretboard and bridge, James tailpiece, bound maple pickguard, abalone logo and inlay and a fantastic Bobelock fibreglass case with hygrometer and case cover.

    The sound is truly awesome. It is one of the loudest mandolins I've ever heard with a very powerful chop. This great volume comes with richness, depth, warmth and subtlety and an equally good response to a light touch. From bluegrass to folk, and classical this beauty can do it all. If I didn't have too many at home I would be taking it to join my collection.

    In good shape with some pick marks on the top, nothing through the finish.

    Used mandolins, click here.


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  • Fylde Touchstone Octave Mandolin USED.

    Fylde Touchstone Octave Mandolin with 20 3/4" scale in excellent condition, tuned GDAE an octave below the mandolin. With hard case.

    Great folk tone with strong bass notes, full mids and clear trebles, great depth and warmth with excellent projection and volume. Currently tuned in octaves for the bottom two strings, easily changed to unison.

    New price £1250 (without a case).

    Used mandolins, click here.



  • Laskin Three.

    -in the higher frets we see the title to the first LP Monroe recorded, in the actual font, and given the text we can feel how the genre was beginning to take its name. Behind the lettering will be the blue sky as it looks on the album jacket

    -in the background to this title we see the stylized portrait of Bill, which actually comes from the right hand side of the same Opry poster we saw earlier. What this accomplished for me however is making Monroe himself the bookends to the narrative.


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  • More photos from Simon Fay.


  • Grit Laskin 'Origins of Bluegrass' guitar.

    From Grit.

    "-next we see the first of the other 3 original members of the Blue Grass Boys (this part drove me a bit nuts since personal changed frequently as the years went by, later—1945-- including Flatt & Scruggs as well). The three originals, which I’ve depicted, were: Clyde Moody on guitar, Tommy Magness on Fiddle and Bill Wesbrooks on bass.

    -Since Monroe’s appearance at the Grand Ole Opry was pivotal to his early growing fame, I included a poster from one of his earlier appearances. The poster’s first appearance is as it leans into the design in the midst of the band members."

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  • Grit Laskin 'Origins of Bluegrass' guitar.

    My Current build by Grit Laskin is under way. I asked for a Bluegrass theme.

    From Grit "After much thought I chose to focus entirely on Bill Monroe, and the very beginning moments of Bluegrass. I’m calling this design “Origins”. Here is what you’re going to see…

    Starting at the headstock and moving up the neck:

    -A portrait of an older Bill, playing his mandolin (a mandolin HAD to appear, not just because of Monroe’s legend, but because I’m making this for YOU!).

    -still in the headstock we begin the history lesson - we see the label from the first single-song record that Monroe made, in 1940, “Mule Skinner Blues”, recording with his ‘blue grass boys”.


    Mandolin Cafe build thread.


    Acoustic Guitar Forum build thread.


    Origins inlay sketch-1

  • 1995 Gibson J-35.

    1995 Gibson J-35. Hand made by Gibson Master Luthier Ren Ferguson. It is faithful replica of the pre-war Gibson J-35. It features Honduran Mahogany Back and sides, Adirondack Spruce top, Ebony fingerboard and saddle, Waverly Tuners and Original Hard case. For most of it's 22 years it was kept unplayed in a case by a collector, so the condition is remarkable for it's age. It has had no repairs, it has no cracks and only a few weather checks (they are hard to see).

    Fantastic rich and deep tone, kind of a dreadnought plus with all the power of a dread but with great clarity and projection, great for strumming flatpicking and fingerstyle.


    Used guitars, click here.



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