Bent spruce top, abalone top trim and rosette, Brazilian rosewood skirt, 30 Brazilian rosewood ribs, mahogany neck, bound ebony fretboard, style 4 inlay pattern,, 20 frets, classic tailpiece, ebony bridge, tortoise plastic pickguard features floral inlay, headstock (with cutout) features Brazilian rosewood overlay, 4-in-a-can tuners, sold AS-IS (needs top braces reglued, fret work, strings, set up, etc.), 1-1/8'' nut, 13'' scale, NO CASE. From the Martin records we find that this particular mandolin was originally owned by O.F. Bitting (later known for his ''Bitting Special'' mandolins made by Martin). Bitting was a music teacher in nearby (to Martin) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and over the next ten or so years the mandolin was repaired several times by Martin, VGC except repaired headstock and entire instrument oversprayed - price reduced (SN:1479) Item ID 90U-6487. 12 photos at

Year Condition
1904 <Unknown>


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