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Martin Style A Mandolin Natural, 1936

Martin Style A Mandolin Natural, 1936

The Martin Style A Mandolin had a long production run – from 1914 to 1995, and bridged the European and American approaches to mandolins at a time when mandolins were extraordinarily popular. Most European mandolin designs used a traditional bowl back with a folded or ‘bent’ top. In America, however, Orville Gibson merged arched top and back violin design principles with the mandolin layout for a dramatically different instrument. The new Gibson models delivered significantly higher volume and, not having round backs, were easier to hold and play.

Vintage
Price: $1150 CAD
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Lawrence Nyberg Cittern Black Walnut and Redwood, 2018

Lawrence Nyberg Cittern Black Walnut and Redwood, 2018

This lovely Lawrence Nyberg Cittern pairs a Redwood top and Black Walnut for the sides, back, and back strap (an extra layer on the back of the head). The neck is Mahogany, with Ebony used for the fingerboard and its binding, bridge, and the head plate. A K&K pickup is installed and connected to and end pin jack. Unusually for an instrument of this type, a steel string guitar-style ebony pin bridge is used rather than a floating bridge with an additional tailpiece.

Used
Price: $3220 CAD
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Jack Spira Cittern Australian Blackwood, 2005

Jack Spira Cittern Australian Blackwood, 2005

This is unusual for us to see – a Jack Spira Cittern of Australian Blackwood, built during 2005 at Spira’s shop in Boolarra, east of Melbourne. Jack Spira has been building for over 30 years, focusing on steel string guitars in regular, tenor and baritone forms, plus Irish Bouzoukis, Citterns, and Octave Mandolins. He also does repair and custom work, in particular engraved inlays. His work is highly regarded, and popular enough that few make it to the used market in Canada.

Used
Price: $2999.00 CAD
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Collings MT2 Mandolin Sunburst, 2019

Collings MT2 Mandolin Sunburst, 2019

The Collings MT2 mandolin is a spectacular instrument – not overly decorated, and a simple design, but executed with great skill and top shelf materials. The Collings MT2 features a hand carved, arched, F-hole Adirondack Spruce top with bookmatched flame Maple for the sides, carved arched back, and neck. The bridge, head plate and bound fingerboard are all Ebony. The finish is a near perfect nitrocellulose lacquer sunburst. Collings has absolutely mastered the arts involved in lacquer finishing.

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Price: $5629 CAD
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Gibson F12 Mandolin Sunburst, 1949

Gibson F12 Mandolin Sunburst, 1949

The Gibson F12 mandolin was built for two periods – from 1934 to 1937, and from 1948 to 1980. This example is one of 85 built during 1949. Gibson mandolins broke new ground when Orville Gibson combined traditional Mandolin and Violin designs in the closing years of the 19th century. To this point, mandolins mostly followed the European style with a bowl back and flat, folded top.

Vintage
Price: $4500 CAD
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National RM1-E Walnut Body Resophonic Mandolin

National RM1-E Walnut Body Resophonic Mandolin

The National RM1-E A-style mandolin hearkens back to the early days of Resophonic instruments, when the concept was being applied wherever more volume was needed.Here we have the Maple-Walnut version, which isn’t just a great ice cream flavour. Walnut was used as an instrument wood for centuries, and brings a slight mellowness to the tone.

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Price: $3739 CAD
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Gibson A Jr Model Junior A-Style Mandolin Sheraton Brown, 1924

Gibson A Jr Model Junior A-Style Mandolin Sheraton Brown, 1924

Here we’re looking at a Gibson A Junior model mandolin in Sheraton brown – basically the only colour available for this model. It’s built like other A-Style mandolins, the key differences being wood quality and low decoration level. The arched, carved top features an oval soundhole and is Adirondack Spruce, while the arched, carved back is Maple, as are the sides and neck.

Vintage
Price: $1999.00 CAD
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Gibson Style A Mandolin, Black, 1928

Gibson Style A Mandolin, Black, 1928

Here we’re looking at a Gibson Style A mandolin in overall good and largely original condition. The A-Style or ‘Teardrop’ body is built with a hand-carved, arched Spruce top paired with a carved, arched Mahogany back. The sides and neck are also Mahogany, with Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge.

Vintage
Price: $2500 CAD
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Eastman MD815-V F-Style F-Hole Mandolin Antique Varnish

Eastman MD815-V F-Style F-Hole Mandolin Antique Varnish

The Eastman MD815-V F-Style F-Hole Mandolin is one of the most recognisable mandolin designs, based on the groundbreaking work of Orville Gibson in the late part of the 19th century, blending traditional mandolin and violin construction principles.  The F-Style mandolin has become one of the benchmark instruments for country, bluegrass, celtic, and traditional music forms.  And, if you take a listen to Chris Thile, they can do Bach to the full potential of the player.  Closely related to the Eastman MD814-V model, the F soundhole and its enhanced treble attack tilts the Eastman MD815-V towards Bluegrass and Country repertoires, compared to the F-holes on the MD815/V.

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Price: $2349 CAD
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Collings MT2 A-Style Mandolin

Collings MT2 A-Style Mandolin

Just In – a brand new Collings MT2 A-Style mandolin in natural finish, with Adirondack Spruce top and Eastern Flame Maple sides, back and neck.

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Godin A8 Mandolin

Godin A8 Mandolin

The Godin A8 mandolin mixes traditional tone woods with modern design concepts and electronics. The two-chamber body is routed from a solid block of mahogany and capped with a solid spruce top. The top is voiced with a unique combination of X and fan bracing that produces exceptional sound and projection even when played acoustically.

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Price: $950 CAD
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Seagull S8 Mandolin

Seagull S8 Mandolin

New! The Seagull S8 Mandolin is based on the Seagull Merlin dulcimer body, and is one of the most innovative mandolins we’ve seen for a while.

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Price: $449 CAD
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Gibson F-5L Fern Mandolin

Gibson F-5L Fern Mandolin

We’ve just received another of the rare and wonderful Gibson F-5L Fern Mandolins!

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Collings MT2 Mandolin

Collings MT2 Mandolin

The Collings MT2 Mandolin is nearly the top of the heap for A-Style mandolins. Featuring a carved Red Spruce top and premium grade maple for the sides, carved back, sides and neck with ebony for the fingerboard, headplate and bridge, and rounded off with faux tortoise binding, the Collings MT2 mandolin is an extremely attractive, exceptionally good sounding, and great playing instrument.

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Collings MTO GT

Collings MTO GT

How could you improve on the already beautiful Collings MTO, well add a gloss top of course! The beautiful sunburst and wood sets on the Collings MTO GT mandolin really provide a visual impact to go along with the impeccable craftsmanship and wonderful sound on this mandolin!!

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Eastman MD515 F-style Mandolin

Eastman MD515 F-style Mandolin

The MD515 was the mandolin that re-shaped the entire mandolin market in my opinion. a couple of years ago it was unthinkable that an all solid wood, true hand carved & graduated f-style mandolin could be offered in the under $1100.00 price point.

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Eastman MDC805 Mandocello

Eastman MDC805 Mandocello

After the success of Eastman’s line of handcarved, solid mandolins it was only a matter of time before the master luthiers brought their skills to bear on other members of the mandolin family. The Eastman mandocello utilizes all the best features of a great Eastman archtop guitar. By accenting the lower fundamentals with ringing archtop overtones they have produced an instrument that matches and perhaps surpasses any mandocello in the market today!

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Eastman MD615 Mandolin

Eastman MD615 Mandolin

Eastman Strings was founded in 1992, yet it is already an integral part of the long and glorious history of one of the most fascinating musical traditions the world has known. Through our violin and bow making activities, we at Eastman Strings are attached to a tradition nearly 500 years old, and we strive to maintain a level of artistic and commercial achievement worthy of our predecessors.

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Collings MT2 Varnish Mandolin

The Collings MT2 Varnish Mandolin is definitely a head-turning, neighbors-thumping-on-the-wall-yelling-TURN-IT-DOWN, nuclear-tone-generator of a mandolin that is REALLY effortless to play and bee (eh?) U-tiful … no, Beauuuuuuuuutiful … no, BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously … if tone was a phone, this sweetheart would be ringing!!! It is THAT good.

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Collings Custom MT Blackface Mandolin

Collings Custom MT Blackface Mandolin

The “Blacktop” finish has a rich history in the mandolin world, dating back to the very early 1900’s. Bill Collings occasionally builds one of his popular Collings Custom MT Blackface Mandolin model with upgraded gloss black top finish and adds grained ivoroid top binding to set the whole thing off. What a great look!

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Price: $4320 CAD
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Collings MF5 F-Style Mandolin

Collings MF5 F-Style Mandolin

We have just taken delivery of another Collings MF5 f-style mandolin from Bill Collings’ Austin Texas workshop. At last count, we had over 40 mandolins in stock. There is always one that stands out above the rest; always one that just has that warm throaty midrange bark; that sparkling presence; that low end chunk; that power. This is the one. THE ONE! The numero uno!!!!!

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