You may well know more than I! Buy with confidence, my 14th year on eBay, people seem to like my stuff! If you have additional information or corrections, please contact us. Fancy Pearl inlaid tortoise pick guard. Spring cleaning time and it's time to pass this mandolin along to someone who will use it. These Depression Era Martins are getting harder and harder to find much less in this lightly used condition. This is a really beautiful and original instrument. I looked at it in the store and, well… I just had to have it… it's so beautiful. Many vintage bowl back mandolins had a lot of pearl inlays.
The pick guard and body binding are a tortoise shell type material. Be sure to look at our other items up for auction. As they accurately depict the condition and are part of the description. It appears that many mandolin owners of earlier models chose to upgrade their bridges to the fancy new adjustable models after 1921. As best I can tell the Mandolin is all original and has had no changed parts. The top is solid spruce. Some dings on the back of the straight neck.
The current bridge height and neck angle was reached around 1910. Comes with case and extra strings. There are a few examples of A-2Zs with black tops, though this was probably used to cover some imperfection in the selected tops. Under that crack is a support. Please bring it to our attention first. It comes with a hardshell, shown and is a real joy. The following numbers are the earliest known serial number for the year listed.
You are ultimately responsible for viewing photos and asking. Over time the J-35 braces began to appear scalloped. This mandolin comes with a newer. The size and style designation was written on a paper label, glued inside the top of the instrument case. Gibson introduced their first adjustable belly bridge — 2 screws to raise and lower the bridge.
Some countries have Insurance limits so this listing is not available for all countries. I tried to picture all that eBay would allow but here is a list of what can visibly be seen. Our staff of seasoned musicians is ready to help you find the best instrument for you whether you are a beginner, of any age, or a vintage collector looking for the crown jewel of your collection! Being 99 years old it has a few imperfections from handling. You are welcome to use local pickup on this item as well. It has become the elite instrument for mandolinists and the most common mandolin model copied by other manufacturers.
See also: Gibson J-160E for more historical context. These vintage items have small staple holes and rust marks. Nah, that wouldn't happen, I'd have to play something fun on it! The Mandolin comes with the original case which is very beat up and doesn't close properly. The pictures tell the story better than I can. This is being sold as a repair project due to the cracks mentioned, so be aware all sales are final, no returns or refunds on this one.
Check out my other listing for unusual treasures and needful things. There is a 25% restocking fee on all items returned without authorization. At the time, the Nick Lucas model was the largest flat-top Gibson offered. Condition continued: The most noticeable finish cracking is around the bottom on the sides near the tailpiece cover The finish. Here's a beautiful vintage Martin mandolin whose 13xxx serial number dates its manufacture to 1927. Other features of this mandolin include rosewood body binding, a mahogany neck and headstock, ebony fretboard and bridge, four-per-side tuners, an engraved tailpiece, and a tortoise pickguard.
It has as good if not better sound as the Martin A's that I've had. Great addition for any Martin fanatic or collector! Classical players look for high grade Calace, Vinaccia, and Embergher mandolins. It was my instrument of choice over many other high quality mandolins in numerous performances and studio recordings. Martin introduced the large body dreadnaught in 1932 — It was bigger, bolder, and louder than anything Gibson had to offer. May not be worth the mention. These can exist on any model numbers including the A-jr.
Several cost-cutting measures existed between the Advanced Jumbo and the J-35 including scalloped braces on the advanced Jumbo and not on the J-35. The inlaid pic guard area has some alligator age cracks in the pic area only. This is a 1925 Martin Style E featuring fine grain spruce top with spectacular quarter sawn Brazilian rosewood back and sides. The last of the Mark Series was built in 1979. Many of my items are antique or vintage and may naturally show wear from age and use. Not something you'd want to play hard. There's a bit more info on this page yes.