1987 Hartz Buskirk Mandola
(Serial No. 003) Excellent condition. This instrument was custom made for the late great Paul Buskirk by Steve Hartz of Nacagdoches, Texas, and was used to record the 1993 CD "Nacagdoches Waltz". Paul Buskirk was well known as a mandolin and tenor banjo player, and is credited with teaching Willie Nelson how to play guitar. Willie in fact plays backup guitar on the CD. The label indicates this is a mandola, but the scale length is 21.5 inches. I have it strung up and tuned as an octave mandolin and it works fine. Top is spruce and the back, sides and neck are flamed maple. The flat ebony fingerboard has a 1 3/8 inch nut. Pearl logo and fingerboard inlay. The pickguard is missing, and the instrument has several nicks and dings as it was a working instrument for Buskirk. No repairs noted. Has a huge rich sound and a nice low action. Excellent for studio or live work as a mandocello, octave mandolin or possibly mandola. Would be perfect for Celtic or classical music. Comes with a large custom made hardshell case and a copy of the CD.
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