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Anybody know what this is?

The wife and I were wandering through a shabby little resale shop in town when I spotted a cluster of guitars and amps on one wall. This little bugger was hanging there. No name plate, but a SN inside on the end of the neck. !2 string tuners, but strung like a mandolin.

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Old 1 week ago
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some sort of Lute !!!!
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Definitely lute.

Can we expect to hear that instrument in the next Old Goat tune?

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It's probably a tiple. The nut would originally have been slotted for all the strings. It looks to be in decent shape, but bowlbacks like that are rarely worth much.
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Could be. The current nut had marks, but no slots for the missing strings.

Guitarsfrommars turned me on to the Wiki page for mandos, and this is apparently a Neopolitan style mandolin.

hip, do you think it might be worth a buck as a studio instrument?
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Could be. The current nut had marks, but no slots for the missing strings.

Guitarsfrommars turned me on to the Wiki page for mandos, and this is apparently a Neopolitan style mandolin.

hip, do you think it might be worth a buck as a studio instrument?
Truly One Dollar !!! no, how much really ??
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Truly One Dollar !!! no, how much really ??
$125 on the tag.
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$125 on the tag.
i guess the big question is .. does it sound good ?? do you play mando ?? can you use it in the studio for a cool new flavor !!!
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The wife and I were wandering through a shabby little resale shop in town when I spotted a cluster of guitars and amps on one wall. This little bugger was hanging there. No name plate, but a SN inside on the end of the neck. !2 string tuners, but strung like a mandolin.

Wanna take a shot?
Hey Mr. Old Goat,

Looks like a 12-string "taterbug" or bowlback mandolin to me. Less common than the 8 string, but not terribly rare, either. They were very popular in Germany for a while. Instead of four doubles as on the typical 8-string mandolin, the 12-string was four triplets.
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I used to see a lot of these in antique stores. Almost always in terrible shape; wall hangers, but I've bought a few over the years. Pretty cool alternate tone for recording when they're in good shape. I'd do $125 easy for a good one. Much very nice hand luthier work in those, and usually nice woods.
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I used to see a lot of these in antique stores. Almost always in terrible shape; wall hangers, but I've bought a few over the years. Pretty cool alternate tone for recording when they're in good shape. I'd do $125 easy for a good one. Much very nice hand luthier work in those, and usually nice woods.
This one is solid, some checking in the finish. It could use a new nut, but I didn't see any big problems.

I think foxwaves is probably right about it. If I bought it, I'd keep it eight strings--not sure the old fingers could handle three at a time!
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The seller doesn't know what they are selling?

Or you didn't want to ask?
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It's a resale shop. None of the sellers are there, just the shop owner. I can leave a message, but that's about it.
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