rare vintage Stradolin Deluxe Artist mandolin 1930s excellent cond

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Listed:6 years ago
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KC's Instruments
Milwaukee, WI, United States
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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.

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