|Inner Brace With Serial Number|
Now, on to the subject - it's a 1920's era Mandolin. The Mandolin has become my other passion, and lately I've been spending more time with them than I have my cameras. This one is almost certainly made by Larson Brother's - here are some more pics:
|Ebony Shelf Under the Fretboard|
|This One Had the Top Crushed, and Nicely Repaired, but it still sags a bit|
|The Back Covers Up the Neck Joint.|
Mandolins are great little instruments. They cover three Octaves with only 4 strings (or more commonly string pairs). Guitars also cover three octaves, but need six strings to do it, with the exception of a Tenor Guitar, which also does it with four strings. It's because Mandolins, and Tenor Instruments are tuned in fifths, while a normal guitar tuning is in a combination of fourths (with one third). That "third interval" between a guitar's G and B strings, adds weirdness, compared to instruments that are tuned in all fifth intervals between every string. Mandolins also have a lot of chord that can be played with just two, or at the most three fingers, making the learning experience almost instantaneous, and the fifth interval tuning makes for much quicker mastery, compared to a standard guitar. Add to this, you have the mandolin's take-anywhere size, and great tone and projection - it all spells F-U-N!