1999 Flatiron A5 Artist Mandolin
(Serial No. 91018019) Near mint condition. This was the top of the line for Flatiron A style mandolins. This one has a Nashville Gibson label but was probably built in Bozeman and finished in Nashville. These were built by the same luthiers that built the Gibson mandolins. Has flamed maple back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, flat ebony fretboard with larger frets, ebony bridge, 1 1/8 inch nut, pearl Fern headstock inlay and logo, and gold hardware. The Artist series Flatirons like this have X-braced tops, which many pickers believe gives a more percussive chop. Excellent sounding instrument with a deeep woof on the bottom and clear trebles on the top. This instrument has just been set up by my luthier and is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original black TKL shaped hardshell case.
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