Doug Unger, One of A Kind, Mandolin

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This mandolin represents the many facets of artistry that have earned Doug Unger his reputation as one of America’s great treasures of lutherie. The body shape is a slightly expanded A-model with a Renaissance outline and elevated fingerboard, with two braces (from top to bottom). The one-piece back and the sides are made of select curly maple. The top is of spruce with striking black finish that sets off the pearl border at the edges. The custom pickguard follows the outline of the body and finishes at the bridge with a cutaway in the style of very early Gibson pickguards. The pierced tailpiece cover alludes to design patterns of the 19th century. The ebony fingerboard has a slight radius. The peghead is inlaid with an elegant neoclassic flower pot. The scale length is 13-7/8″ and the nut width is 1-1/4″. There is one 3-1/2″ repaired crack (repaired with cleat reinforcements) in the top at the bottom edge to the left of the tailpiece (bass side). Portable foam shell case included.


We accept payment by VISA & MASTERCARD, Check, Wire Transfer and other forms of legal tender.

Because vintage instruments are each so unique, we want to have a conversation with you to answer questions, discuss the individual characteristics of an instrument, and your specific needs or concerns. We are happy to take order details over the phone at the same time. There are some instruments we feel absolutely require this kind of dialogue, and you will see that they are not enabled for click & ship purchase. If you can’t phone us, please start a conversation by email.

Personal checks are accepted, but must clear our bank before we will ship an instrument. Cashiers Checks are also accepted–just like cash. You may also transfer funds directly to our bank (contact the shop for bank wire information).


We’ve shipped instruments all over the world for more than forty years, and that practice has taught us many things. Packing well helps insure that an instrument will arrive at your destination in good condition. Typically, we use UPS, Fedex, or US Mail, depending on the item, and where it is being shipped. We like to ship straight away, but might suggest waiting a bit if poor weather or long holidays present concerns.

We wish everyone could visit the shop, but know that isn’t always feasible. So, while we ship instruments all the time, there are exceptions. We do not ship bows over $2,500., violins or violas over $15,000., or cellos. These instruments weren’t really built for the rigors of shipping. We prefer to ship guitars in hard shell cases. If a guitar is advertised with a soft case (original or otherwise) and you wish it to be shipped, we can provide a new hard shell case at the cost of the case (these range from about $100. to $200).

Shipments in the state of Pennsylvania are have an added sales tax of 8%. Out of state shipments are not charged PA sales tax, though sales tax may be due in the state where the shipment is received.  International shipments may be assessed customs and clearance duties by the governing authorities in the country of destination, and these charges are the responsibility of the customer.  Additionally, the cost of export permits is charged to the customer, and we may ask to have these paid before the shipment is sent.


If you decide not to keep an instrument we have shipped to you, notify us by telephone or email within 48 hours of receiving it. If there is some sort of calendar issue that makes this work poorly – please just talk to us. The instrument should then be packed up again as it was sent to you, and returned to us via the same shipping service by which it was delivered, and insured for full value. We will refund the price of the instrument as soon as we receive it, provided it arrives in the condition in which it left the shop. The customer is responsible for the shipping charges.

Additional information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 34 × 15 × 10 in