Doug Unger, Custom, Mandolin
This mandolin represents the many facets of artistry that have earned Doug Unger his reputation as one of America’s great treasures of lutherie. Doug couldn’t recall when he made it. A good guess would be about 1990. 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 modified 1910s Gibson pickguard follows the outline of the body and finishes at the bridge with a cutaway. 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 1-9/32″ (full & V-shaped, feels a bit like a mandola neck) 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.
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