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1984 Laskin Octave Mandolin

1984 Laskin Octave Mandolin

All of you who are familiar with the very very best North American guitar makers know well of William “Grit” Laskin of Toronto, Canada. Grit, his nickname since childhood, has produced some of the most gorgeous instruments ever seen, with shell and wood inlays up and down the entire neck and body that are simply stunning. But what Grit is really known for is the absolute superb quality of his instruments; there are few, anywhere, who can match them. Grit was an early disciple of another famed Canadian builder, Jean Larrivee, who went from individual builder to become one of the largest manufacturers of high-quality acoustic guitars in the world. The instrument we have here is exceedingly rare, from earlier in Laskin’s career, almost forty years ago. Very few were ever made and all of them on custom order. The body is slightly larger than a standard mandolin's and the neck is appreciably longer, so that it can be tuned to standard notes, E-A-D-G, but an entire octave lower. I’ve played other octave mandolins but none, ever, that could even come close to this instrument’s tremendous volume and clearest of tones from highest trebles to lowest basses. The body and neck are of superbly-flamed maple, the top of finest-grained spruce with abalone rosette, the fingerboard ebony, and the bridge and tailpiece of solid genuine ivory, something that has not been able to be done for many, many years now. Overall condition is excellent, with the lacquer having attained a beautiful patina and extremely mild checking overall, a most comforting look. There are no cracks or issues of any kind nor have there ever been. Action and overall playability are exactly as they were in 1984. You will not find another like this in any condition or at any price, anywhere. A truly rare and fortuitous find. $3995 w/ohsc

w/ohsc

$3995.00
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