c.1915 Unmarked Flatback Mandolin

While unmarked, this looks a heck of a lot like an Oscar Schmidt product to me -- especially with the light-colored rosewood fretboard (typical on a lot of teens/20s OS products), body style & shape as well as bracing. The pickguard, inlaid into the top, is also very OS. What isn't, however, is the headstock shape (very Regal or Lyon & Healy) and the fact that the top kerfing isn't square shaped, but triangular.

This mando sports a solid spruce top and birch back and sides, painted to look like rosewood. It has a bound top and soundhole with some nice red/yellow/black purfling. The only unoriginal part is the bridge, which is a parts-bin rosewood type that I've fit to this mando.

My work included a fret dress, setup, tuner lube, brace reglue, seam reglues on the back, and also a hairline glue on the top (from the pickguard to the lower bout) which is now all sturdy and ready to go.

This mando plays nice and easy and has a sweet, warm, and very loud sound. These 13-ish inch scales are very quick to play.

It's nice that the cloud tailpiece cover remains.

Here you can see that reglued crack a little better.

These tuners date the mando probably to the teens.

Neck set was good to go.

Cute faux-rosewood back and sides with a nice little inlaid backstrip.

For a good "player's mando" that certainly can hold its own in a folk jam, look no further than these teens and twenties beauts. I've liked every one I've worked on. They're not bluegrassy but they sure are sweet.


Mr. Gambini said...

how much?

Antebellum Instruments said...

This one can be had for $250 + S/H

Thanks for the interest!