So why are F mandolins so dang much more money than A models?

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  1. Tbone135

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    I'm sure there is more work involved, but WOW is there is a big price difference.
     
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    Michael Hunter Supporting Member

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    The scroll is often referred to as the $1000.00 strap hook.
     
  3. Tbone135

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    Then I will be sticking a $2.50 strap button on the A style.
     
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    I read somwehere that the same time and workmanship required for one well built F-style mando could produce 3 flat top guitars.
     
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    Try carving a scroll and get back to us :)
     
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    Maybe someone could post pics for us non mandolin players so we can understand.

    I'm won't begrudge builders charging for their work. Just don't know what the F type looks like.
     
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    It ain't just the body scroll; note also the attendent headstock style on F's as opposed to A's. Note also how the A is entirely symetrical, and the F...well, look!. From a builder POV this alone is huge. Fitting the neck? Pretty quick on an A; a bit more involved with the F. Approx three times the hours fabricating an F as on an A. Cutting the binding rabbets and installing the binding on an F will make a man mad!!!!!!
     
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    There is a lot of work on those strap hangers.



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    Two words: Bill Monroe
     
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    I got the new Ibanez F series for under $300
     

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