Vintage 8-stringed guitar shaped mandolin around 1950
- Source: eBay
Have a look at this nice vintage guitar-shaped 8-stringed flattop mandolin of unknown origin, made back in the late 1940's or early 1950's :
Guitar shaped flattop body with oval soundhole, fine solid spruce top, maple sides and back.
The overall length is 23.6" (60cm), Scale 13.15" (33.5cm),
neck width 29 mm at the nut and 39 mm at the 10th fret where it joints the body.The body itself is 8.25" (21cm) wide , 11.6" (29.5cm) long,
2"(5cm) deep at the neck heel and 2.35"(6cm) at the end block.D-shaped maple neck. Rosewood fretboard with ivory nut and 17 frets , mother of pearl dot fret markers. Ebony bridge , coloured wood bindings around the top, ebony pickguard inlay. Geared brass tuners with ivory knobs.
Unusually loud and resonant tone with nice harmonics !
Good condition considering the age, one crack at the top (beneath the fretbord) and one at the back have been repaired long ago / all stable. Some small dings and dongs and scratches and other traces of a long musicians life are visible. It has really been played a lot.
Straight neck with original brass frets, comfortable low action: app.3 mm at the 12th fret - see pictures for details.
The mandolin is strung up with a set of flatwound bronze strings.
A nice instrument for players as well as... read more