This mandolin's pearwood headplate has a pearl block inlaid near the scalloped top end, but for some reason it does not bear the John D'Angelico logo engraved in the block. We see what appears to be glue around the pearl block and that area is a bit messy - we wonder whether the pearl block might be a replacement - put in by a prior owner who didn't want a brand name to show. We do not recall D'Angelico ever doing "messy" work and so we suspect that our theory is accurate. See below for the solution to this problem. The ebony fingerboard is inlaid with 8 mother of pearl dotmarkers in 6 positions. The bridge is replaced with an ebony two-piece adjustable; the tailpiece is the simple scalloped "slide-down" type, nickel-plated, and original and the tuners are open-gear, ivoroid button and original. Its top and back are bound in single-ply ivoroid; the elevated tortoise-shell colored celluloid pickguard is original and held in place by a simple metal side clamp.
The instrument shows finish checking overall, on all surfaces including neck and headstock; it shows normal light signs of wear including dings, nicks, light pick marks and scuffs. There is a mark in front of the bridge on the forward bass side, perhaps made by the original John D'Angelico bridge, but the part that plays the role of “the bridge” in this production of “Spider Person” is replaced. Our shop is performing fret work on this mandolin and when that’s completed a standard set-up will be executed and the mandolin will play at its best. This mandolin is entered into John D's logbook as having been made for "Jack - Friend." Unfortunately, in this single instance, we do not know Jack.
D’Angelico mandolins are uncommon (John made just 47 of them) and, as you would presuppose, they are also incredibly great sounding. Our former head of repair (he worked here over the past 22 years) and now a Consulting Master Craftsperson to our workshop has said that he would be able, on an after-purchase basis, to make the buyer, by hand, in the precise style of John D’Angelico, a replica bridge and a replica D’Angelico/New York” block of pearl for the headstock. He said that the fee would be $600 inclusive of both items. This would, in our opinion, be extremely worthwhile for the buyer of this mandolin to consider. Although this is very fine sounding as it sits, having the D’Angelico replica bridge would undoubtedly also improve the sound and tonal response. It is a revision to be yearned for, but one that is easily satisfied. If owning a John D’Angelico hand-made mandolin is included in your vision of “eternal happiness” this is a really nice one and it would, we vouchsafe you, make you genuinely happy.
NOW ON SALE - WAS $7212 BUT NOW ON SALE FOR: