Call us at 215-545-1000 or
Visit the Vintage Instruments home page: www.vintage-instruments.com
Mandolin
Mandolin Family
1. CHARLES ALBERT, Mandolin, c.1890s, May be a Chicago product but could also possibly come from one of the Philadelphia manufacturers. The back of the head is labeled: "THE SONORO/CHAS F. ALBERT/ MAKER/ PHILA/PA". The body has 22 rosewood staves with a clasp, a tortoise style pickguard with a decorative pearl inlay, and a plain ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. The tuners and tailpiece cover are engraved nickel plated. Ccomes with the original canvas case which is missing leather hinges. The top has a glued crack from the pickguard to the bottom edge to the right of the treble strings and the body has two unrepaired seam openings; playable as-is. (Our #26997) $300.
2. COLLINGS, Mandolins, MF Deluxe, NEW, The MF Deluxe provides upscale features like grained ivoroid neck and peghead binding, an ivoroid bound pickguard and glossy nitrocellulose lacquer top, with satin finish at the back and sides. The top is fully carved solid Adirondack spruce with a beautiful sunburst finish. The back & sides are highly figured Eastern maple. The figured maple neck has a rounded-V profile. The MF produces a rich, woody tone. Measurements: nut width 1-1/8", string spacing 1 9/16", scale length 13-7/8". Deluxe TKL hard shell case included. (Our #32205) $5,670.
3. COLLINGS, Mandolin, MT, NEW, An artist-style body of fully carved Englemann spruce ff-hole top and flamed Eastern Maple back and sides. The top has a sunburst gloss finsh, and a satin finished back and sides with tortoise colored binding with black & white purfling. The neck has a rounded-V profile with a 1-1/8" nut and 13-7/8" scale and a tortoise colored pickguard. Comes with a hardshell case. (Our #32154) $3,015.
4. EASTMAN, Mandolin, MD315, NEW, This Florentine style body features a solid carved maple back and sides with a satin sunburst finish. The top is made of solid carved spruce with a satin lacquer finish and a radiused fingerboard. The bone nut measures at 1-3/32" and the scale length is 13-7/8". Comes with a sturdy padded gig bag. (Our #31594) $699.
5. EASTMAN, Mandolin, MD515, NEW, This Florentine-style bluegrass mandolin features a carved solid spruce table and carved solid maple back. The gloss finish is a nice light sunburst brown lacquer. The ebony fingerboard has a 12" radius, and the bone nut measures 1-3/32", with a scale length of 13-7/8". The action is nice and easy and this mandolin comes with the original hard case. (Our #31596) $999.
6. GIBSON, Mandolin, A, 1916, An orange top finish with a very nice original pickguard, original tailpiece cover, original fixed bridge, and arrow-head tuners c.1924. There is one repaired top crack on the lower bass side and the top 7 frets have been replaced. It is in excellent condition with very nice playability and a rich sound. Comes in the original hard case. (Our #30106) $1,550.
7. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-0, 1929, A birch body with a dark brown finish and no bindings. It has an adjustable truss-rod, nice full frets, and a new adjustable Siminoff bridge. "Gibson"is in white silkscreen on the head and the fingerboard is made of ebony. There are two small cracks on either side of the tailpiece that have been sealed and stabilized. It is in overall excellent condition and comes in its original hard case with red lining. (Our #27756) $2,200.
8. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-00, c.1934-35, Has an attractive sunburst finish and a carved-arch top with white binding, nice reproduction tuners, an adjustable truss rod, and a flat back. It lacks a pickguard but is otherwise original and in excellent condition. Comes with a new hard case. (Our #25292) $950.
9. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-1, 1939, Has a sunburst top, two-piece maple back, a rosewood fingerboard with dots, and a deco-shaped head with "Gibson" in white silk screen. The Kluson tuners have white buttons and there are minor ff-hole cracks (above both the left and right ff-holes and below the right ff-hole). It also has an adjustable truss rod and later adjustable bridge. The scale length is 14 ˝" and it is 11-1/4" wide. In overall good condition and comes in the original soft case. (Our #26529) $1,250.
10. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-1, 1923, A black top finish and both the top & back have white bindings. It has a snakehead peghead, Waverly "arrow-head" tuners, and an adjustable truss-rod. It is completely original including the adjustable bridge, pickguard, tailpiece, and tuners. The white rod cover is obviously later but we decided to leave it because we felt it looked cool on an otherwise black instrument! There is no logo or fingerboard bindings and the inked numbers on the label are accurate but later. In overall excellent condition and comes with the original hard case with green lining. (Our #31353) $2,750.
11. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-1, 1923, Black top finish and top & back bindings in white celluloid. It comes with an adjustable truss-rod, a snakehead peghead, adjustable bridge and simple soundhole rings. Completely original including the tailpiece cover, and the Waverly "arrowhead" tuners & pickguard. It is in excellent condition with some very minor player wear and finish wear to the top below the treble end of the bridge. We find it very easy to play and it sounds great! Comes with the original hard case. (Our #31002) $2,750.
12. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-2, early 1923, An original two-piece maple back, slab-cut wood with some birds eye figure to the bass side, and a brown finish. It has an adjustable truss-rod and adjustable bridge and is in very good overall condition with the exception of a 2-1/2" crack just to the left of the soundhole. Comes in the original hard case. (Our #27104) $2,200.
13. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-2 Z, 1923, This is essentially a very late black-top A-2Z, but with the double soundhole rings like the early 1923 Zs, and the square- ended cheaper tuners. It has a snakehead peghead with "The Gibson" inlaid in pearl on the head and an adjustable truss-rod and adjustable bridge. This mandolin has a two-piece birch back, a black top finish with the top, back, and fingerboard with white bindings. There is an area of fill/retouch just below the treble side of the rosette which is original but missing the pickguard. Overall in very good condition and includes the original green-lined hard case. (Our #29819) $4,500.
14. GIBSON, Mandolin, A-3, 1920, Has a two-piece back, a two-piece straight mahogany neck with even low action, and is fitted with a modern adjustable bridge (the original bridge is included in the case). It has a white top finish and the original grained white celluloid pickguard is in great shape. The frets show minor wear and it is in excellent overall condition with the exception of some pick scratches. Comes with the original hard, purple-lined case. (Our #29161) $2,250.
15. GIBSON, Mandolin, F-2, early 1929, A two-piece back, an original tailpiece with cover, plain tuner buttons, and a cremona sunburst finish. Has a truss rod and original tuners, and an adjustable bridge and pickguard. The nut measures at 29mm (nearly 1-3/16") and there is an old repaired lower heel crack. It is otherwise in wonderful condition and a terrific player. Comes with a nice original hardshell case with pink-red lining. (Our #29878) $4,000.
16. GIBSON, Mandolin, F-4, 1940, This very late F-4 has an elevated rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, a two-piece slab-cut figured maple back in dark brown, and vase & curlicues peghead inlay like that on a period F-12. It has a truss-rod, 2 checkered rings around the soundhole, a nice later reproduction pickguard, metal button open Klusons, and “Gibson” in straight pearl script. The upper back has a glued 2" hairline crack and it has been modified with a well-done X-brace. The top shows some flattening but it is still of acceptable height. The sound is wonderfully big and full and the mandolin is in overall excellent condition. Comes in a later hard case. (Our #23591) $3,750.
17. GIBSON, Mandolin, F-4, 1926/1927, Has a beautiful broadly curled one-piece slab-cut American maple back and a deep reddish sunburst finish. There are visible lacquer lines but no cracks, and the finish is mostly gone from the back of the neck. The original frets are worn and there are various areas of player wear. It is original except for the Stew- Mac Waverly vintage-style replacement tuners. The sound is rich and characteristically big as expected from this period F-4. Comes in a new rectangular hard case. (Our #29656) $6,500.
18. GIBSON, Mandolin, F-5, 1924, Bears a Master Model label dated Dec. 1, 1924 and has been signed by Lloyd Loar. It has a dark "Cremona" brown sunburst finish. The neck has side binding, the nut width is 1 - 3/32", and there is flowerpot peghead inlay. There is no Virzi and it is original with the exception of a period nickel-plated Gibson tailpiece cover. It is in overall excellent condition with no cracks or repairs and shows only minimal player wear. Comes with the original rectangular hard case with red lining. (Our #32036) INQUIRE
19. GIBSON, Mandolin, F-5, 1923, This particularly fine sounding F-5 ,serial number 71839, bears a Master Model label dated Jan. 5th, 1923 and is signed by Lloyd Loar. It has a "Cremona" brown sunburst varnish finish and a peghead with inlaid flowerpot. The nut width measures at 1-3/32" and the scale length is 14". There is a Virzi Tone Producter (Virzi number 10482) and it is original with the exception of new Waverly reproduction tuners in silver with pearl buttons. Comes in the original rectangular hard case and is in overall excellent condition. Provenance: owned since 1938 & played until recently by Ely Karasik, a member of various mandolin groups including the first mandolin chair of the American Mandolin Orchestra in New York (c.1950) and the Denver Mandolin Orchestra, & was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Classical Mandolin Society. (Our #31816) INQUIRE
20. GIBSON, Mandola, H-0 Mandola, 1940, A maple body with a white top and back binding, a sunburst finish, and a tortoise-color pickguard with white binding. It has ff-holes, an adjustable truss-rod, a later Gibson rod-cover, an adjustable ebony bridge, and is X-braced. It also has 4-in-line Klusons with black buttons. The top is slightly depressed under the treble ff-hole but is in stable condition. The back has birds-eye figure and some overspray. Both the bridge & tailpiece are 1920s and correct/original to the instrument. It is in very good condition and comes in a home-made black wooden case. (Our #32094) $1,500.
21. KENTUCKY, Mandolin, KM-250, NEW, A solid German spruce top and a solid Alpine carved maple back and sides with a natural amber finish. It has an A-5 style round hole body, a raised rosewood fingerboard, and a tapered snake head. The nut measures at 1-1/8" and the scale length is 13-7/8". A very nice hard shell case (C-1521) is included. (Our #31852) $450.
22. KENTUCKY, Mandolin, KM-272, NEW, A solid Swiss spruce top and a solid Swiss carved maple back and sides with a blonde finish. It has an A-5 style round hole body, a rosewood fingerboard, and a tapered snake head. A very nice Superior arch top hard shell case (CD-1521) is included. (Our #32052) $475.
23. LYON & HEALY, Mandola, Style A Mandola, c.1918, This Style A Mandola (Serial number 2) is a rare and visually stunning instrument in a very pure state of preservation. It has a carved two-piece back of American slab-cut maple, a carved spruce top with an oval soundhole, two symmetrical body points, and a two-piece mahogany neck with a carved violin-style scroll. It also has an ebony fingerboard with 11 frets to the body and 24 total frets. The scale length is 15-3/4", the width of the body is 11-3/8", and the length of the back is 14-7/8". It is completely original and in excellent-plus condition and comes in the original hard case. (Our #31919) HOLD
24. MARTIN, Mandolin, A-K, 1928, Made from especially nice koa with prominent narrow curl. It has an ebony fingerboard, an inset pickguard, and is completely original. There is one glued grain line opening on the treble side of the top. It is in overall excellent condition and includes the original hard case with worn out handle. (Our #30083) $1,450.
25. MARTIN, Mandolin, Style 4, 1907, This mandolin has 30 rosewood ribs, engraved German-silver tuner plates, and it sated on the underside of the top: "2111/ 6/4/07/ F.H.M.". It also has a bound mahogany neck, a bound top with abalone trim and is in particularly fine original condition - it looks like it's been in a time capsule! Comes with the original hard case. (Our #26957) $2,500.
26. MARTIN, Mandolin, Style A, 1929, Has an ebony fingerboard, rosewood bindings, bar frets, and a pickguard inset into the top. It is in very good overall condition. (Our #22963) $850.
27. MARTIN, Mandolin, Style A, 1942, This is the cleanest wartime sunburst Martin mandolin we have ever seen - it has mahogany back and sides, a spruce top with a sunburst finish, tortoise colored plastic bindings & pickguard, and an ebony fingerboard & bridge. It is completely original, near mint condition, and comes in the original rigid soft case. (Our #27684) $1,500.
28. MARTIN, Mandolin, Style B, 1919, This is similar to the style 21 guitar. It has a rosewood body, it has an unusually choice-looking spruce top, herringbone trim around the soundhole and the center of the back, rosewood bindings, and an ebony fingerboard with slotted diamonds and squares. It also has an engraved tailpiece cover & tuner plates. It is completely original and in excellent condition with the exception of 5 worn frets. Comes in the original hard case with purple lining. (Our #26847) $1,500.
29. WASHBURN, Mandolin, "The New Washburn 1897 Model", c.1897, This roundback rosewood body has 38 staves & a rosewood clasp bound in ivoroid. The top and soundhole have pearl trim, and the birdseye-figured maple neck has an engraved silver-plated gear-plate. It also has pearl buttons, an abalone fingerboard with engraved designs and an engraved silver-plated tailpiece cover. This is a highly attractive mandolin but it is in need of some restoration; specifically, it would require a neck reset & pulling-up of the table under the fingerboard. Otherwise, it is in very nice condition. (Our #25329) $1,500.
Antique Mandolins
30. AMERICAN, Mandola, c.1900-, This roundback mandola has 39 rosewood ribs with light colored spacers and a rosewood clasp with ivory edging. There is an inset pickguard with an inlaid wood marquetry butterfly, an engraved aluminum tailpiece, and celluloid tuner knobs. The headstock has a pearl vine foliate inlay, and there is an oval soundhole with surrounding identical to that of a Gibson style 4. There are 10 frets to the body and 19 total, and the scale length is 16-1/2". The top has flattened out somewhat (originally these are slightly canted or bent tops) but it is otherwise in good condition and appears to be Italian immigrant work likely from New York. (Our #22401) $500.
31. E. DE CRISTOFARO, Mandolin, c.1900, This Italian mandolin is in very good original and playable condition and bears the original label: E. DE CRISTOFARO, Fabbrica in Napoli. The top is inscribed and signed in ink by the maker just above the bridge on the bass side and the spruce top is edged in rosewood. The rosewood string cover extends to the sides, it has a bell-shaped soundhole, and the tortoise colored plastic pickguard is decorated with ornate mother of pearl blocks and ornaments. The round back is made of 25 rosewood ribs interspersed with maple stripes and the neck is very good straight rosewood. It has an extended ebony fingerboard with 29 brass frets and is decorated with mother of pearl markers. It also has an ebony and metal bridge, a metal nut, enclosed machine heads with ivory buttons and a metal cover engraved with floral ornaments. It is in excellent condition with the exception of an open top crack. (Our #26601) $1,000.
32. FRATELLI VINACCIA, Mandolin, 1894, This has 29 rosewood staves plus the clasp, ebonized veneer around the neck, enclosed tuning gears with pearl buttons, and a spruce top with a pearl & tortoise butterfly inlay. The top is bordered with bone and abalone inlay and there is an engraved original lyre shaped tailpiece. There are several issues that need addressing in order to make this a nice, playable mandolin including: one bridge end-dot is missing, the bridge saddle is missing, the top center seam is a bit open, the top is sunken in above the soundhole, small bits of the rosette are missing, and the neck is slightly pushed out of the body. It is admittedly a little bit of a mess but has a lot of potential! Sold as-is and includes a nice leather case. (Our #29064) $850.
33. GIOACCHINO TROTTO, Mandolin, 1792, This mandolin is labeled: Gioacchino Trotto fecit/ Anno 1792 accosto le/ grade di S. Demetrio. IT has twenty slightly fluted cypress staves with dark stained maple spacers. The neck is veneered in ebony and ivory and it has tortoiseshell over the fingerboard. There are ten brass frets, an oval hole with pearl designs inlaid into red mastic, and an inlaid tortoise pickguard. Condition: requires restoration to the table binding and repair to a few cracks; otherwise intact with the original boxwood pegs. Comes in an old wood case. (Our #23323) $3,500.
34. LOVERI, GIUSEPPE, Mandolin, This roundback mandolin has 21 staves and a clasp, a pearl top binding, and an inset tortoiseshell pickguard with pearl inlay. It is in need of quite a few repairs and comes in a soft case. (Our #23725) $150.
35. VINACCIA SCHOOL, Mandolin, c.1890-1900, Nice Neapolitan work in the style of the Vinaccia family. It has 30 maple staves with a maple clasp, a tortoiseshell pickguard, and an unbound rosewood fingerboard. The fingerboard has simple slotted squares and diamonds, and the spruce top has rosewood and pearl edging. The rosette has pearl inlays, the tuners have bone buttons, and there is an original nickel plated lyre shaped tailpiece cover. The inside has paper linings but no maker’s label. It is in playable condition and includes a nice newer hardshell case. (Our #27503) $1,500.
Sold As-Is
36. STELLA, Mandolin, Roundback, c.1915, (Our #22411) $100.