Mandolin for sale

Classical Flattop Special Mandolin #269  $2300 (includes case) 

This mandolin is a Classical Flattop Special, not because of the wood but because of the sound.  No question, a gorgeous sounding mandolin, the best sounding Classical Flattop mandolin I have made to date.  It is not the loudest, but the sound has a complex fine quality to it that makes it outstanding.  This is the first time I have used red gum, but won't be the last.  The red gum back is from some red gum I bought around 25 years ago, so has been very well seasoned.  Red gum is not usually regarded as a tonewood, but this mandolin has proven otherwise.

This mandolin belongs to my second generation of flattop mandolins.  It incorporates a construction technique I discovered a while ago that incorporates some technology used in flattop guitars.  It makes the flattop mandolins sound much cleaner.  A true high end refined tone usually only associated with arch top mandolins, not flattops.  This one is loud with a strong ring and sustain and excellent clarity in the mids and treble, and the best bass sound to date for this model.

Woods are - Red Spruce top, Red Gum back and sides, Mahogany neck, Indian Rosewood bindings, Macassar Ebony fingerboard (12in radius, 30mm wide at the nut), 13 & 3/4 inch scale length, Rubner polished brass tuners with Ebony knobs and ebony adjustable Brekke flattop bridge.  Varnish finish.  Price includes an upgraded case that fits properly.

For my American customers, note that this mandolin does not have any shell inlay.  The fingerboard marker dots are opal, and the headstock logo is European Maple wood.  There is no need for a USA import permit and wildlife paperwork nor any Lacey act paperwork.

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