1921 Martin Style E Mandolin
Here we have the rare Martin Style E, top of the line flat back mandolin (akin to the '45' series of guitars), with only 62 being made between 1915 and 1937. Who knows how many have survived to this day? This instrument is in what is often referred to as “player’s grade”, with all the good, rich tone that only comes from years of aging, and thousands of hours of playing.
The style E mandolin features a bent spruce top (probably Adirondack) and dark-hued AAA grade Brazilian Rosewood back & sides. Gorgeous abalone inlay on every edge, with multiple veneered ivoroid binding as well. The ivoroid bound peg head features the early version of the Martin torch and the enclosed tuners have a beautifully engraved cover in a floral pattern.
Overall condition is good, with a few professionally repaired side and top cracks and several short strips of abalone missing on the sides. The frets are in very good condition with excellent playability. Vintage tone and clarity abound in this nearly 100-year old treasure.
$3,750.00 including newer, hard shell case.