Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by Tbone135, Dec 16, 2009.
I'm sure there is more work involved, but WOW is there is a big price difference.
The scroll is often referred to as the $1000.00 strap hook.
Then I will be sticking a $2.50 strap button on the A style.
I read somwehere that the same time and workmanship required for one well built F-style mando could produce 3 flat top guitars.
Try carving a scroll and get back to us
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.
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!!!!!!
There is a lot of work on those strap hangers.
and the Headstock
Anyway, here's my F-style in "action":
And the review:
Two words: Bill Monroe
I got the new Ibanez F series for under $300