NOMD .... What do I have ??

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Zeek, Aug 28, 2021.

  1. Zeek

    Zeek Country Gent

    May 29, 2016
    Illinois USA
    New old mandolin day ....
    What do I have??
    A novelty you get on vacation ?
    The ad said it was a Vietnamese lute mandolin and the guy said his sister-in-law owned it and she was Vietnamese. It has two cracks in the back. It was pretty close to in tune and I thought it was cool looking. It will clean up nice and look good hanging on the wall.
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  2. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Any idea how old that is? I love it!
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  3. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    What going on in that last picture on the lower side?
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  4. Zeek

    Zeek Country Gent

    May 29, 2016
    Illinois USA
    No Idea , I add a front picture
  5. Zeek

    Zeek Country Gent

    May 29, 2016
    Illinois USA
    The face has a indent 20210828_000659.jpg
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  6. Zeek

    Zeek Country Gent

    May 29, 2016
    Illinois USA
  7. juks

    juks Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Wow amazing craftsmanship.
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  8. Zeek

    Zeek Country Gent

    May 29, 2016
    Illinois USA
  9. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Spectacular inlay work!
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  10. Jerzey Bob

    Jerzey Bob Synchromatic

    Apr 3, 2021
    North Jersey
    Nothing like Asian art.
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  11. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    Hard to tell from the pics, what are we seeing? Inlay, paint, decals? A combination? Still cool. How does it sound? How does it play?

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  12. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    My bet and I am probably wrong is it’s from a particular Vietnamese maker. I’ve forgotten his name. He makes cheap mandolins but I believe good ones. Can you play it? (I give lessons. Just saying. Skype or zoom or FaceTime. Or whatever online. HMU in a DM. Reasonable rates). If you go to and register they’ll tell you everything you need to know everything you want to know. And everything you didn’t know.
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  13. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    Looks very cool, congrats.
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  14. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Cool look. If you do a search on ebay for mando and violin parts from Vietnam I think the maker pops up.
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  15. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Congrats on the mandolin. That is a beauty. Enjoy!
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  16. GretschPraise

    GretschPraise Gretschie

    Jun 26, 2017
    Tampa Bay
    Incredible shell work! I'd hang it on the wall for all to enjoy.
  17. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    Absolutely superb :eek:, @Zeek !

    I don't know how much you paid for this, but good, average or poor sounding, no matter : the intention of the original builder is still here despite the age : making a premium instrument.

    I call this beauty of craftmanship. :cool::cool::cool:

    Just for that, this little mandolin is already respectable... :)

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  18. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    Impressive instrument. Wow.
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  19. Zeek

    Zeek Country Gent

    May 29, 2016
    Illinois USA
    I found out a little bit more about the Mandolin .....

    It is FUN to play....

    I think it will improve my guitar playing .....

    My NMD should have been today but now FedEx says it is tomorrow ....
  20. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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