Epiphone rivaled Gibson for not only the quality of their instruments, but also the breadth of their musical offerings. Epiphone had an amazing line of mandolins, with the Strand representing the upper echelon of their catalog. This last version Strand features a carved top with back and sides of carved walnut, and a bound rosewood fingerboard with large parallelogram pearl inlays and an engraved cloud tailpiece. The Strand has symmetrical points on the upper body and originally had f-holes. This rare example has an oval sound hole which first appeared in 1950.
This instrument is in excellent original condition with minimal fret wear and a straight comfortable cherry neck. It is quite loud with a robust, clear tone rivaling any Gibson oval hole model.
It is identical to the Strand played by David Grisman on the track "Besame Mucho" on Tone Poems II.
$1,750.00 with original hard case included.