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Manson Triple Neck Mandolin
General Specs
Body: Maple
Finish: Translucent Orange Matte
Neck: Maple with Mahogany stripe
Fingerboard: Ebony with dot inlays
Frets: 21 on each neck
Bridge: Ebony
Headstock: Maple with logo on bass mandolin
Tuners: Schaller
Hardware: Brass Nut Cover
Pickups: Built-in
Controls: (1) Treble, (1) Mids, (1) Bass, Master Volume on upper horn
Years in use: 2000-2005
Website: http://www.andy
manson.com/
 
Andy Manson built the F-5 style Triple Neck Mandolin, which featured mandolin, mandola and bass mandolin necks, in 2000. Jones played the Triple Neck Mandolin on the track Down to the River to Pray from 2002 album The Thunderthief.

Andy Manson built that. It's all tuned in fifths, like a real mandolin. So the smallest neck is an ordinary mandolin: The middle neck is the same tuning, an octave lower, but the courses are in octaves rather than in unisons. Then there's a bass mandolin, which is an octave lower than that. - John Paul Jones, Global Bass, March 2002

Jones appeared on October 29, 2005 at the Lunel Mandolin Festival in Lunel, France, performing a half hour improvisational piece on the Manson Tripleneck Mandolin, accompanied by the Symbolic Sound Kyma. Mandolinists Mike Marshall and Josh Pinkham joined in at one point playing on the Triple Neck Mandolin while Jones was simultaneously playing it.

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John Paul Jones playing the Manson Triple Neck Mandolin for the first time, ca. 2000, Manson Guitar Shop, Exeter, Devon, England
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John Paul Jones, October 29, 2005, Lunel Mandolin Festival, Lunel, France
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John Paul Jones, Mike Marshall & Josh Pinkham, October 29, 2005, Lunel Mandolin Festival, Lunel, France
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