Martin bowl back mandolin 1913

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1913 Bowlback Mandolin, serial number 3804. 

I’ve had this for twenty years. I got it from a friend who found it in a NYC flea market. The information to correlate the serial number with the date of manufacture is available on the net if you hunt around...but 1913 is what I came up with. I've never attempted to clean this instrument, oil the tuners, or fuss with it in any way, so it's very much original. In fact, I've barely played it at all. 

Please note that there is a repaired crack on the headstock. This shown in the pics. I got it this way. It seems to be a strong glue joint; there’s no problem with the tuning. The second thing to note is that there are two screws missing from gears on the tuning heads; this is visible in the picture of the back of the headstock.  

The back is constructed of seven segments of rosewood – given the vintage of the instrument, I assume it’s Brazilian rosewood. Other than the crack on the headstock, there is no other structural damage. Actually, all the glue joints on the instrument look perfect, and there are no other cracks anywhere else. Everything on the instrument looks original – tuners, frets, nut, bridge, tailpiece. 

The neck is straight, the action is low, and there is no buzzing. There is a moderate amount of fret wear – small divots under each string. As it is, it sounds fine, but if you wanted to do a level and polish, there’s enough fret height left to do it. Some of the tuning heads are rather stiff and hard to turn, but they do work. 

Product Specs

Very Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
Brand Martin
Model bowl back mandolin
Finish Rosewood
Categories Mandolins
Year 1913

Dee of Dee’s Gear Spot does an excellent job of presenting the item and describing it exactly as it is. I was impressed with how much time and effort had went towards packing my instrument. It was an amazing job. I am certain that you won’t be disappointed with anything you buy from Dee’s Gear Spot. Thanks Dee for an awesome Mandolin!

Sherry G. - January 06, 2020

Thank you!

Chris Y. - October 30, 2019

Fast shipping, very good package. Thank you!

Sincerely, Nick

Nick T. - October 04, 2019

Item arrived very quickly, extremely well packaged, and just as described. Thanks so much!

Corey P. - September 21, 2019

Thanks for the speaker. It's now on its way to my re-cone guy in Southern Cal. Believe it or not I am from East Norwich and my mom still lives there ! We almost bought a place in CSH after 9/11 when we lived in NYC. Love that town. Mike

Mike K. - September 11, 2019

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Dee's Gear Spot

Cold Spring Harbor, NY, United States
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