What makes this guitar special: A rare find! Made in Japan in the early-mid 70s, these masterfully constructed mandolins provide stellar tone and playability, in a beautifully appointed package. A gorgeous sunburst finish graces the body, with an upper bout scroll and matching headstock scroll, balanced against highly figured pearl inlays on a variegated ebony fingerboard. This one absolutely sings, and is in terrific condition for its age. It’s been professionally setup and inspected by our expert in-house luthier, and will arrive ready to play out of the original factory hard shell case.
Cosmetic condition: Terrific shape for its age, with far less wear and tear than you’d expect. There is some typical surface scratching, along with some light scuffs, dents, and dings, most of which are visible only under direct lighting. The hardware does show visible oxidation, and the pickguard has shrunk and spiderwebbed, but isn’t going anywhere.
Body: Double bound maple back and sides and solid spruce top in sunburst finish with dual f-holes. Ivoroid purfling with upper bout scroll. Nickel trapeze tailpiece and compensated rosewood bridge with floating rosewood base. Bound tortoise pickguard.
Weight: 2 lb, 8 oz
Neck: C-shaped maple neck with black side dots and highly figured pearl inlays. Bound headstock with rosewood overlay, pearl inlaid goblet of fire and Epiphone logo, and treble side scroll. Engraved gold strip tuners with pearl buttons. Double bound ebony fingerboard is in marvelous shape. 1 1/8” nut width, 14” scale length. Neck is straight and plays beautifully up and down the length of the fingerboard.
Case: Original hard shell case included.