In the days of the Hawaiian music craze, at the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth century, Martin made a business-saving change to include mandolin production. Mandolins actually outsold guitars for a while. This mandolin is a remarkably preserved example from those days, and exhibits the same expert construction and quality materials as the finest Martin guitars.
This is the second mid-twenties we've had this year. This AK (koa) mandolin, serial number 133xx, was produced in Nazareth in 1925 (note mandolin serial numbers differ from guitar serial numbers). It features Hawaiian koa back, sides and top. The tortoise pick guard in inlaid into the top. The neck is mahogany, and the head stock is covered with a Brazilian rosewood overlay. Fingerboard is ebony. The mandolin is in all original condition, in excellent + condition with no evidence of repairs, alterations or abuse. There are two spots of 'case rub' on the sides, a hint of pick wear on top, and a few nicks and dings, but you have to look hard to see any of these.
This little Hawaiian beauty plays well, rings out loud and clear with sweet sustain. Comes with its original soft case in good condition but for a large hole at the bottom.
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