VTG RECENT COMPLETED SALE - READY TO GO! - BLUES RESONATOR MANDOLIN - JHS "VINTAGE" BRAND, NO HEADSTOCK LOGO, METAL-BODIED NATIONAL STYLE 1 DESIGN SINGLE-CONE - VTG1298 - NOW SOLD!
Modelled on the original National Mandolin from the 20s/30s - Eye catching resonator mandolin. Very loud – Longer 15" Scale! - great for acoustic music sessions.
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AVAILABLE & READY TO GO! - 11/11/2020.

Update - 18/11/2020 - Now Sold and on it's way to buyer in the South of France!

Note - In the process of the sale the buyer has supplied additional information, which was nor revealed by my own online search before preparing details. I have added to the bottom line of photos the Catalogue image I have now received, suggesting that this mandolin is the Vintage VRM500 model....see further details in Main Description below, under Vintage VRM500 sub-heading....
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I have no real information as to when these resonator mandolins were on sale new, under their own "Vintage" brand name, via the distributors John Hornby Skewes, but I imagine it might have been the early 2000s....I've seen another one advertised as bought secondhand in 2007. This one has been in my storage, and not used or available, I'm sad to say, since 2012, when it came, already lacking any maker/brand logo, but I'm entirely sure that it is a "Vintage".
Description
Stock Number: VTG1298.

The Metal-Bodied Resonator Mandolin has a longer 15" (381mm.) scale, which I understand is true to the original National Style 1 on which it is based, but longer than other Regal-made wooden bodied '30s resonator mandolin based on or licenced by Dobro, which generally had 14" scale lengths. This additional scale length will increase string tension at any given tuning and, combined with the metal body, will produce a very loud instrument!

Standard 9.5" Single Cone, Maple Biscuit Bridge. Bone Nut Width: 1.25"/3.175mm.

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*** VINTAGE VRM500 RESONATOR MANDOLIN ***
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The Catalogue extract, which has now come to hand is from the 2002 Vintage Catalogue, located through the Vintage Brochure Archive. The same entry is found in the Brochures from 2002 to 2006, so I wasn't far out in my guess-timate of the age of the mandolin!

The Description suggests that this mandolin is indeed a VRM500, and if so the instrument spec. is perhaps a cut above the level I anticipated...in completing final set-up work on the mandolin it already became apparent that the nut is in fact bone, and this would tie-in with a better quality instrument spec. The Catalogue image is included in the bottom line of photo, and includes the following wording....

"VRM Resonator Mandolin
Resonator Instruments are a big hit right now, and attracting great player interest. Based on the classic pre-war resonator mandolin design, this superb vintage instrument offers a high level of specification including stylishly shaped nickel silver plated bell-brass body, with a solid flame maple neck and ebony fingerboard. A 9.5" spun aluminium cone offers impressive tone and projection and Gotoh machine heads hold the tuning steady."
Condition
In good condition. Photos have now been updated, with images 1 to 4 taken after preparation & re-stringing. Apart from the missing headstock/name logo, the instrument shows only the most minor of use marking. Preparation included a minor overhaul, giving the frets a light stone & re-profile, cleaning & lemon-oiling the fingerboard, re-fixing/adjusting the bone nut, and adjusting the Maple Biscuit.
Action, strings & cases
Action is set at around 2mm. @ 12th. fret.

Previous old strings have been replaced with new set....the lightest standard sets from the usual makers are 10s....see advice from Jake Wildwood, "Country Guitar Doctor" under "YouTube" heading....so have followed his advice to lower the tuning in view of the longer scale & resulting higher string tension and fit Martin M400 10-34 strings.

In addition, further string thoughts from one of Jake's blogs, discussing the 1930s National Resonator Mandolins....

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"Aside from the fact that these instruments are metal-bodied, aluminum-coned, resonator mandolins, they're also "not like normal mandolins" in other ways, too -- they have a wider nut and a long, 15" scale which, if this were made by the specs of bowlback mandolins in the early 1900s, would've meant it's technically a mandola. It's thus that only a daredevil who wants to roll the dice on the neck that actually tunes one of these up to proper GDAE pitch using anything but the very lightest strings (I suggest 32w-9 at max for that -- and even then they'll feel tense). In this case I have it strung with 34w-10 gauges and tuned down a step and a half to EBF#C# low to high. A capo on fret 3 gives standard GDAE. This opens-up the guitar-friendly keys of E and B without a capo.

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There is no case with the Mandolin.

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Can't find any YouTube clips of this JHS "Vintage" Reso-Mandolin, but can never resist a demo from the irreplaceable BottleneckJohn.......so embedded we have a clip on a same style Republic brand instrument, entitled "The MANDOLIAN blues - steel body resonator mandolin!!" by BottleneckJohn.

Additional link is a bit unfair, because it is a true vintage instrument....."1938 National-built Supro resonator mandolin. If you're curious why it sounds like it's in F... it is... the (near) 15" scale means tuning down a step feels waaaay better."....but I also do like Jake's videos, and it shows a very different Mandolin playing style......and well worth noting the tuning advice!

The nearest similar instruments on sale currently are the Recording King & Ashbury resonator mandolins, in the same style, and there are a number of clips on the 'Tube.
Video
Useful links
Jake Wildwood - Resonator Mandolin Meditation (improv)
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