Stiver 2 Point 2019 Sunburst

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I'm getting my collection of mandolins down to one and I've hung on to the very best of the best to enjoy them as long as I could. This Stiver is one of the last two I'll be putting up for sale. It breaks my heart but difficult decisions had to be made.

If you're looking at this, you probably already know about the Lou Stiver mandolin and the cult following they have. I've owned several and played a few more and I have the impression that Lou builds a mandolin that he'd want to play. He's a bluegrass musician and all of his mandolins come off as bluegrass monsters to me. Volume and chop to spare, to say the least.

So, a two-point was my last Stiver to go, you might ask. Well, I had this one custom-built, so of course, it had all the appointments I wanted, but it just happens to be the best bluegrass mandolin I've played. Take that with a grain of salt, as I've not played any of the mandolins that garner five-figure prices, but I've played my share of great instruments. This mandolin plays effortlessly - that's the first thing that always comes to mind. The sound is so full and the volume(!).

So a little more about the instrument and what separates it from other Stivers out there. It has a torrefied Carpathian top, for starters. This has become his wood of choice for tops but has recently found it almost impossible to obtain. I was lucky to have this built when he had a supply of it. The back almost looks like bubble maple. There are some bubbles but not enough for me to call it such. It's not really flame maple either. In the light, as you look at it from different angles, you get all kinds of interesting features. I haven't quite seen a back like it before. Lou deals almost exclusively in flame maple with a fiddleback tight grain. This seems like it's from a different planet than what he'd usually use. It also has the torch & wire inlay which he has sworn to never do again. I don't know why. He did a great job on it.

  • Torrefied Carpathian Spruce top
  • Maple back and sides
  • James tailpiece
  • Torch & wire inlay
  • Speed neck
  • 1-1/8" nut
  • Ebony bridge
  • Ebony fretboard w/ scooped extension and compound radius
  • Tortoise patterned pickguard
  • Rectangular hardshell case

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Product Specs

Listed3 days 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

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