Peter Coombe Mandolins and Guitars
Mandolin for sale
Classical Flattop Mandolin #305 $2800 (includes case)
This mandolin is the first of the 4th generation of flattop mandolins. It has a very lightweight top, Engelmann Spruce fan braced, but the braces are balsa wood topped with carbon fiber tow, and the top is thinned down so the modes of vbration are within the normal range. The thinner top is about 30% lighter and gives more volume and improved tone. With a stunningly figured Tasmanaian Blackwood back and sides, it sounds loud, bright and very clean and clear. It incorporates all the innovations of the 2nd and 3rd generation as well as this new development. It has the new headstock design and the new engraved black tailpiece which damps the strings behind the bridge and is much easier to change strings than the scallop tailpiece. This madolin has a sound quality that has embarraassed the arch top mandolins I have on hand, but it is a bit different. Beautiful sweet and clear sound, and very responsive with a big ring and sustain.
Woods are - Engelmann Spruce top, fiddleback
back and sides, Blackwood neck, Indian Rosewood bindings,
Macassar Ebony fingerboard (12in radius, 30mm wide at the
nut), 13 & 3/4 inch scale length, Schaller GrandTune black
nickel tuners with Ebony knobs and Ebony adjustable Brekke
flat top bridge. It has my new tailpiece with black cover. Varnish finish. Price includes a case.
Note: This mandolin cannot have an internal pickup because of the way it is braced.
For my American customers, note that this mandolin does not have any shell inlay. The fingerboard marker dots are opal, and the headstock inlay is European Maple, Blackwood, and Huon Pine wood. There is no need for a USA import permit and wildlife paperwork nor any Lacey act paperwork.