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Mandolin

Neapolitan MandolinA small mandola. Really a small lute which gained fantastic popularity even when Orville Gibson made them like violins and out of old furniture. There are different forms of the mandolin. The classical Neapolitan bowl back (or 'tater-bug'), the F-type and the A-type.

The classic is beloved of ensembles playing more classical music, the F-type is favoured by players of Country and Bluegrass, and the A-type by Folk people although not exclusively. Gibson's early models were the Florentine with scrolling and points and the Artist which had neither. These designations in in common use amongst most luthiers and manufacturers today. There are also guitar shaped bodies and solid (electric) bodies as well as semi-acoustic examples.

 

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