1986 Flatiron A5 Jr. Mandolin

(Serial No. 86010594) Near mint condition, solid brown finish. Pre-Gibson production. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in late 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. Excellent sounding and playing A5 Jr. mandolin with flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved spruce top with traditional tone bar bracing, open back Grover tuners, decal logo, 1_1/8 inch nut, elevated flat ebony fingerboard, and nickel hardware. Finish is original lacquer with a hand applied stain. All hardware is original. Great playing mandolin that shows no obvious playing wear. No repairs. The sound is why you want this mandolin. Good chop and bark - excellent bluegrass mandolin. Signed by Steve Carlson, the shop foreman and considered one of the great builders. Bozeman built Flatirons are always heavily in demand. Most pickers won't part with theirs - once you play this one you'll know why. Comes with what I think is the original hardshell case

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