Mandolin for sale

New Pancake Mandolin #299  $1700 (includes case)  **SOLD**

This mandolin is a Pancake mandolin with natural colouring and is bound top and back. It is the first pancake mandolin of my 3rd generation and is very responsive, loud and with a great clear and clean sound.  Way nicer than the original Gibsons.

My second generation of flattop mandolins incorporates innovatioins from the guitar world as described in the Gore/Gilet design book.  They are built similar to a steel string guitar and use the "dead back" technique where most of the sound comes from the top.  This gives a much improved cleaner sound.  The third generation incorporates all the innovations of the 2nd generation plus a new way of bracing the top that makes it lighter and stiffer.  The result is a louder and more responsive instrument with improved tone.  The one mandolin player who has seen this instrument described it as "a superb celtic mandolin".  Not sure I would go that far because I think the classical flattop mandolins are a better mandolin but they come at a higher price.  However, this is a pretty nice mandolin.

Woods are - Red Speuce top, Queensland Walnut back, sides and neck. Tasmanian Blackwood bindings, Macassar Ebony fingerboard (12in radius, 29mm wide at the nut), 13 & 7/8 inch scale length, Ebony adjustable Brekke bridge.  Tuners are Golden Age relic nickel.

For my American customers, note that this mandolin does not have any shell inlay.  The fingerboard marker dots are white opal, and the headstock logo is European Maple wood.  There is no need for a USA import permit and wildlife paperwork and no need for Lacey Act paperwork.

Sound clips coming soon (when my hand recovers from an injury).


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