Order by:. Available to:. From Hobgoblin Music. Mandolin Flatiron Cadet- Bozeman, Montana. This mandolin is used. It does play. It has issues. The side just next to the tailpiece has been un professionally re-glued. The top has been cracked and unprofessionally reglued.
SICs: Musical Instruments. Gibson Guitar Corp. King, Frank Zappa , and Joe Walsh. The company fell from its status as a premier guitar maker to near bankruptcy in the s but was brought back to solvency and its former respect by new owners, Henry Juszkiewicz and David Berryman.
These mandolins are a thin flat-top, “frying pan” style in the Gibson Army/Navy tradition. Serial dating is tricky with Flatiron’s instruments, so it’s a little hard to say.
View Full Version : Help dating my flatirons. I have 2 a-model Flatirons, that I would appreciate help in dating. Performer , signed by Bruce Weber Performer , unsigned I have both for several years. I bought them used and believe that I was told the dates were and Can anybody help me confirm that, or if wrong help me get an accurate date. Thanks, Comando. Fatt-Dad, Can I assume you are getting that from the first digits in the serial ‘s? The first includes flatties made in montana before the big gibson move – not sure if there was any overlap, but this applies to my ’94 and I hear the real move did not start until
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By the mids the Gibson and Flatiron mandolin lines included the Gibson Guitar has long cited as the earliest confirmable date of a.
New Flatiron Day Part Deux. Last month, I bought a Gibson Nashville made Flatiron mandolin. Very happy with it. Being the level headed guy that I am, I bought another Flatiron today. Its an A5 Artist made in Montana. Having two Flatiron A5’s might not make much sense but the Nashville made one is tone bar braced with the Loar gradation formulas applied. The Montana has the Flatiron X brace and their traditional top gradation.
Its also a little nicer with full body sunburst, gold hardware, and front, back, and fingerboard binding. Post picture when it arrive but here is a stock photo of the model. Originally Posted by posternutbag. None of us will. It is the hands of an anonymous collector although I do have to say that the various owners have all being extremely gracious with regard to giving luthiers and interested parties access to the instrument for measurement.
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Montana and Mandolins Ren eventually moved to the Bozeman area in the mid-seventies to make gunstocks for Shiloh Sharps and to do some trapping. Steve had already decided he wanted to hire him. The main difference between the two resided in the neck joints. While traditional Gibson mandolin neck joints had been dovetails, Flatiron changed them to a mortise and tennon neck joint, partly because of the ease of construction and partly because they had had success with the joint in other applications.
They eventually got so good at making mandolins that they had more than they could sell. Flatiron was also making a handful of banjos and bouzoukis, and was a fairly popular brand among knowledgeable players when Ren joined the company. At midnight of the very same night, the deal to buy Gibson, orchestrated by Henry Juszkiewicz, David Berryman and Gary Zebrowski, finally went through.
It was a stunning blow to the company; crippled by not being able to make F-5 mandolins, Flatiron quickly found itself in financial trouble. Mandolin Brothers, located in Staten Island, New York and founded in by Stanley Jay and Hap Kuffner, was at that time beginning to deal in new mandolins and had been one of the first vintage instrument dealers to hang out a shingle, perhaps second only to George Gruhn in Nashville.
He could buy our company for less than he would spend on legal fees. These days, Stanley likes to say that he was instrumental in facilitating the meeting between the two, pun intended.
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Search this site. Gibson Flatiron Mandolin. There are five large, numbered Flatirons ranging from north to south First through Fifth, respectively along the east slope of Green Mountain, and the term “The Flatirons” sometimes refers to these five alone.
Q – Why did Gibson stop making Flatiron mandolins? Lastly, what is it with the last two digits of the serial numbers, this doesn’t include the Master Models. Dated.
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Save Password. I play a Flatiron, are there any other Flatiron pickers out there? My understanding is the company was bought out by Gibson and then shut down after a few years. Mine is a 1SB with a 7 digit serial number. It was in great shape until a roof leak made the finish peel off the back. I still love it. I play an ’84 A5-Jr. Great bluegrass chop and woody sound.
Jazzrambler, you have a very early flatty, the stamp on back of the headstock being an indication. The first 2 numbers in the serial number are the year, I’m guessing ”82 or 3? I had a flatty pancake like yours at one time and they are a blast to play! The short is that the company, selling a lot of good mandos, was bought out by Gibson. A few folks at the Flatiron plant decided not to move to Nashville with Gibson; they stayed behind and started their own company, Weber or Sound To Earth Instruments.
Save Password. If anyone out there could help me with this question, I would sincerely appreciate it. My buddy from work came to me today, and said there is a place up the road from him, having a estate auction tommorrow.
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I recently purchased a used Kentucky KM from your shop. I am writing this testimonial to let you and your potential customers know how pleased I am with both the mandolin and your service. The mandolin is everything I was told it was and more. The price was very fair and TMS even paid the shipping costs. I teach mandolin workshops in the Pacific Northwest and will be sure to recommend your store to my students and picking friends. Hi Dennis — Thanks so much for steering me to your F5 Custom.