Gorgeous rare Vintage 1930s Stradolin mandolin! Excellent condition. W/ TKL hardshell case  

Own a piece of American mandolin history!  See original catalog description included in photos.  Both Bill Monroe and Dave Grisman owned Stradolins, and Grisman recorded a tune or two on his.  This model is a rare top-of-line vintage 1930s Stradolin with a gorgeous hologram-like tiger maple back, sides, and neck. Excellent condition. Solid woods throughout. Original hand-engraved tuners and tailpiece, and original pickguard. Note extensive purfling all around the top and back as well as the neck and even peghead.  Also note the hand-engraved sunrise on the tailpiece and decoration on tuner plates.  

I replaced the bridge with a Cumberland Acoustic ebony bridge and had a new nut installed but will ship the originals. The neck was bowed when I bought it. The renown Jim Grainger's Custom Fretted Instruments shop in Sparta, Tennessee straightened the neck and installed a reinforcement rod under the fretboard which ought to last the life of the instrument.  No other problems or repairs. Minimal fretwear.  A few scuffs and minor scratches but nothing serious. Comes with nearly new A-style hardshell TKL case. A new instrument of this quality made in the USA would cost more than what I'm asking and a vintage American-made instrument of this quality will never decrease in value. They just don't make these beauties any more, and Asian models cannot compete.  

$1300 OBO.  $50 shipping and handling, including insurance.

Listed6 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
  • Deluxe Artist mandolin
  • Brown Sunburst
  • 1930s
Made In
  • United States

KC's Instruments

Milwaukee, WI, United States
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