Beltone  Pre-war resonator mandolin

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Thanks for checking out this beautiful pre-war resonator mandolin! This is a very rare instrument. The resonator cone is made of paper and shaped like a speaker. Beltone did this to avoid a lawsuit from the Dobro company. This gives a loud but mellowed tone- much less “tinny” than metal cone mandolins. I am not sure if the condition of the paper cone. The metal resonator cover looks like it came from the Valco company, but appears to be original and sounds great! In the 30’s, many companies bought parts from other manufacturers rather than manufacturing them themselves.
This mandolin is in good shape for being almost 90 years old! There are some rust pits on the metal, several worn spots in the normal places. There is a 3” split in the back, but it looks to have been repaired- it is tight and not rattling at all. On the lower bout, the sides have extended past the top, but this is the same on both sides and there is no daylight between the sides, top and back. This does not rattle or have any effect on playability or sound. The tuners are original and function perfectly. The action is great in the first and second position, but gets a little high up the fingerboard. The neck is straight and the heel is solid with no separation from the body.
Feel free to shoot me a message or make an offer! I will be happy to FaceTime with you to get a better look and listen! I have 100% positive feedback over 80 instruments sold and I look forward to helping you acquire this beautiful pre-war Beltone resonator mandolin!

Product Specs

Condition
Good (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
Brand Beltone
Model Pre-war Resonator mandolin
Categories Mandolins
Year Prewar- 1930's

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Guitfiddle 76

memphis, TN, United States
Joined: Dec 2016

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