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Collings MT Mandolin Blonde Top, 2018

Collings MT Mandolin Blonde Top, 2018

This Collings MT, built during 2018 in Austin, Texas, features a custom Blonde finished, Engelmann Spruce top that very nicely matches its binding. An Eastern Flamed Maple for the carved back and sides, and Ebony for the fingerboard, bridge and head plate. The metal hardware is nickel plated. Collings is now using a combination of highly skilled hand fret work and PLEK system levelling, with a very positive result.

Price: $2650 CAD
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Gibson A-Style Mandolin Brown Top, 1918

Gibson A-Style Mandolin Brown Top, 1918

Seen here is a Gibson A-Style mandolin dating to 1918. The carved, oval sound hole top is Sitka Spruce, the sides are Maple as is the carved back. The fingerboard and bridge are Ebony. A single layer of binding was applied to the top, only – not the back, fingerboard, or head. The headstock does not have, or has lost, a Gibson logo. The original pick guard, which would have been celluloid, is long gone.

Price: $1300 CAD
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Yair Stern Teardrop Mandolin, 2018

Yair Stern Teardrop Mandolin, 2018

This Yair Stern Teardrop mandolin is a new instrument, and is well made with quality materials. The tone is warm yet bright and snappy, well balanced with good clarity and separation. It is very comfortable to play and its light hand applied finish provides some protection but does not restrict the wood’s vibration. The tailpiece is a cast, chrome plated AShton Bailey unit. The tuners are also chrome plated, with faux pearl buttons.

Price: $1200 CAD
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SOLD‼️ Gibson A1 Mandolin Pumpkin Orange Top, 1915

SOLD‼️  Gibson A1 Mandolin Pumpkin Orange Top, 1915

This wonderful Gibson A1 mandolin appears to be in largely original condition, and includes both the original celluloid faux-tortoise pickguard and the original hard shell case.     The top is Sitka Spruce with a bound, oval sound hole,  the back and sides are Maple, with Mahogany for the neck.  The fingerboard and bridge are Ebony.   The tuners and tailpiece are original.    The top, fingerboard, and sound hole have  a single layer of binding.  

Price: $2000 CAD

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SOLD! Breedlove Quartz A-Style Mandolin Sunburst, 2002

SOLD!  Breedlove Quartz A-Style Mandolin Sunburst, 2002

Here we have a Breedlove Quartz A-Style mandolin dating to 2002 and built at the Breedlove shop in Bend, Oregon. The A-Style body design is sometimes referred to as a ‘teardrop’, and dates to the late 1890’s and was one of the radical innovations made by Orville Gibson, bringing violin-family construction techniques into the mandolin and guitar world. This instrument uses a solid, carved spruce top and maple back and sides. It’s in overall quite good condition for its age, with minor fret and finish wear. A Fishman bridge pickup has been installed with and endpin jack.

Price: $1250 CAD

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2017 Collings MT2 A-Style Mandolin

2017 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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