• 1912 Martin Style 2 Round-Back Mandolin

1912 Martin Style 2 Round-Back Mandolin

1912 Martin Style 2 Round-Back Mandolin

This Martin Style 2 mandolin, made in 1912, is a beautiful example of Martin understatement, with touches of ivory and pearl where it counts. Hidden on the underside of the top is hand-written  #3773 12/4/12 FHM  This was done on most Martin instruments made between about 1895 and 1915; FHM was Frank Henry Martin, family patriarch running the Martin Company at the time. The mandolin is in near-mint original condition, essentially untouched for 108 years, without an issue of any sort and barely a scratch on it. With 26 Brazilian rosewood ribs on its body, it also has rosewood top bindings with a white holly line beneath them on the sides, a truly nice touch, and a soundhole rosette inset with multicolored wood marquetry parallelograms, a pattern usually not seen on Martin instruments after the 1870s. The pickguard is of genuine tortoiseshell, inlaid into the top, with a lovely abalone floral pattern inlaid into it. The neck is of Spanish cedar, as were all Martin necks in those years, with separate dovetailed peghead and hand-carved volute later copied on and so symbolic of today's Martin D-28 guitars. The ebony fingerboard is inlaid with abalone, in a style that would in later years be used on Martin’s Style-42 guitars, beautifully done. The bridge is of ebony, topped with an insert of genuine ivory for its saddle. The tuning machines have Ivoroid buttons and beautifully hand-engraved cover plates; the tailpiece cover has also been handsomely engraved by the same hand. We have acquired a special, brand-new hard shell case for this mandolin. It deserves it. $1595 w/hsc

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$1595.00
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<p>2016-02-24</p> <p>2017-11-15</p>