2002 The Sullivan SS-5 Scroll Mandolin
(Serial No.011) Excellent condition. Eric Sullivan ran the well known bluegrass shop "First Quality Music". In 2002 he comissioned Eiichi Sumi to build a series of 12 mandolins to be called "The Sullivan". This is number 11 of that batch. Eiichi Sumi is a well known and respected luthier in Japan who helped to build the famed early Kentucky KM1500 mandolins. Sullivan supplied all of the wood except for the top. It a features a 30s style dark sunburst finish, beautifully flamed maple sides and a one-piece back, a 500 year old Japaese red spruce top, a brushed silver James tailpiece, and an ebony bridge and scooped flat ebony fretboard with abalone slotted diamond position markers. Has a beautiful abalone peghead inlay with the fern pattern and "The Sullivan". The original nickle Gotah tuners have ebony buttons. The mandolin has a label with both Sullivan and Sumi shown, and is hand signed by Eiichi Sumi. There are no repairs noted. It has strong woody chop and clear trebles and excellent volume. Comes with a Travelite case.
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