1990s Rigel A Natural Mandolin

(Serial No. 1313) Excellent condition. I think this model is called the *A Natural*, but the label reads *A-F*. Go figure. Peter Mix and Pete Langdell formed up Rigel Instruments to build some unconventional mandolins. The appearance is that of an A5 style mandolin; but the sides are carved from a single block of Vermont sugar maple. The maple back and the carved and tap tuned spruce top are invisibly melded together to form a seamless body contour. The ebony fretboard is radiused and has been scooped to eliminate pick click, and the bone nut is 1 1/8 inch. The maple neck is reinforced with a carbon fiber rod so it will never bend; in fact, the neck relief is carved into the neck at the time of manufacture. Has nickle plated Grover tuners and a nickle plated Rigel one-piece tailpiece. The mandolin is fitted with a piezo pickup and endpin jack from the builder. The pickup works great and gives a nice mandolin tone. Has a decal logo and fretboard dots are pearl. No repairs noted. Despite the unconventional appearance, this is a very versatile and good sounding mandolin. Has the wonderful rich, complex silky tone that Rigel mandolins are famous for, but it can drive your bluegrass band with strong chop and bark with no problem. Comes with a nice hardshell case.

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