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Assembled with the finest of musical wood and components. Triple bound ebony headstock veneer. 16 piece vase inlay in select mother of pearl and paua abalone. Givens script inlay in mother of pearl. Vase is...

Engelmann Spruce top. Curly Koa sides and back. X-Brace forward design. Monster Bluegrass tone. Herringbone and Ivoroid binding. Triple bound ebony headstock veneer, bound fingerboard, ebony...

With original R.L. Givens inlay, this mandolin has fantastic sound. Triple Bound ebony headstock veneer. Mother of pearl and abalone inlay. Engraving on both headstock and fingerboard markers. Bone nut...

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Does Givens Legacy use the same jigs and tooling? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 December 2009 12:39

Unbelievably, yes. It is our desire to stay true to Bob's building of some of the best Bluegrass instruments in the world.

 
Which model do I have? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 December 2009 12:31

This question has a bit of history to it.  Early on in high school Bob built banjo necks copying Gibson's 5 string Mastertone. Bob later built full Mastertone copies before switching to mandolins around 1965. His earliest mandolin work started around 1961.  By the time Bob got to Nashville in 1970 he had the A-5 and F-5 in mind.  Setting up in Nashville, Bob and Tut Taylor built ODE Mandolins distributed by Baldwin Piano Co.  1980 found Bob in Sandpoint, Idaho building A-5's and F-5's.  In 1982 Bob built a handful of B-model mandolins that had a flat top and back.  In 1985 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho bob added a radiused fingerboard, internal truss rod, and triple binding to produce the first Givens A-6's

 
Does my mandolin have a truss rod? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 December 2009 12:26

Early models have no truss rod, these are mostly model A-5. Beginning in 1985 the model A-6 was born with an internal 5/32' adjustable truss rod. These were also installed on the F model mandolins and the model A-4's as well.

 
Is it REALLY an R.L. Givens? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 December 2009 01:46

All of Bob's instruments are signed, dated, and numbered. Many will also have the city in which they were built written in also.  This information is located under the top, on the inside, next to the bass tone bar. Earlier models have the number written in pencil on the inside of the back, visable through the bass f-hole.  Later models have a label glued to the inside of the back, again visible through the bass f-hole.

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