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  • whatwhat New
    Posts: 5

    sorry, forgot a picture. Giuseppe Indelicato

    BillDaCostaWilliams
  • ChrisMartinChrisMartin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Di Mauro x2, Petrarca, Genovesi, Burns, Kremona Zornitsa & Paul Beuscher resonator.
    Posts: 959

    I have asked in the past about the piece of felt - usually green - above the nut but had few replies. I have a few Di Mauros which all have this feature and the Di Mauro family came from Catania so possibly it is common to other instruments made there? One theory was to damp possible vibrations from the nut but I have never heard of such a problem, and if there is a good reason for it why have other luthiers not adopted the idea?


  • whatwhat New
    Posts: 5

    I'm new to this site and thought I posted a pic.

    I obviously don't know how.

    Although mines just a plain Jane I find it interesting. Flame mahogany back and sides, what appears to be Adirondack top.

    Thanks in advance

  • whatwhat New
    Posts: 5

    Just for kicks it'd be fun to know about that green felt. My guess is its a builders trademark.

    The other mystery with the one I have is the fret markers are not centered on the fretboard. Through research, I've read some vintage mandolins are offset for ease of sighting. ?? Mandolin builders who entered into guitar building just did as they did with mandolins.

    Who knows ? I don't.

    If this was a cheap build, well maybe, but it is nice flame mahogany b/s. With bookmarked wide grain spruce top.

    Fun investigating vintage instruments, but I think the mystery will remain with only theories of why.

    ( if I knew how to post a picture i would )

  • BillDaCostaWilliamsBillDaCostaWilliams Barreiro, Portugal✭✭✭ Mateos, Altamira M01F, Huttl
    Posts: 641

    @what if I knew how to post a picture I would

    The fret markers are visible on the pic you posted on Jan 2.

  • BonesBones Moderator
    Posts: 3,320

    I'm color blind. Where is the green felt in the pic? If by 'above the nut' you mean between the nut and tuning pegs I would think it does next to nothing re: tone.

  • whatwhat New
    Posts: 5

    Oh ! Good one. Thank you. I didn't see the picture on my screen so I thought it never posted.

    As you saw, it's a plain jane, nothing fancy at all but the woods used are very nice. Don't know if it shows.

    Maybe you can offer some insight. The 3 base strings sound great, but the 3 trebles sound like a twangy ukulele. I've gone through 4 different types of strings to no avail. Although the intonation is spot on.

  • ChrisMartinChrisMartin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Di Mauro x2, Petrarca, Genovesi, Burns, Kremona Zornitsa & Paul Beuscher resonator.
    Posts: 959

    Although the photo is not too sharp, I thought it looked as if it was strung with nylon strings?

    If so, I would try either a set of 10-45 Argentines (or similar silver steel) or even some light gauge 80/20 bronze strings. That'll liven it up.

  • ChrisMartinChrisMartin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Di Mauro x2, Petrarca, Genovesi, Burns, Kremona Zornitsa & Paul Beuscher resonator.
    Posts: 959


  • ChrisMartinChrisMartin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Di Mauro x2, Petrarca, Genovesi, Burns, Kremona Zornitsa & Paul Beuscher resonator.
    Posts: 959

    I am still looking for a Carmelo Catania model 22 but I did find this on Reverb. I must admit I had never heard of Agatino Patane but I guess he was a contemporary and neighbour of Carmelo.

    Nice bit of guitar-porn although I would not have gone as far as four grand; but it sold, so,,,,,,,

    AndyW
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