Another surprise hit from Northfield, this carved-top octave mandolin looks a lot like a small Martin archtop guitar from the 1930s in that it combines a typical flattop guitar's flat back with the fully carved spruce top of an archtop guitar. (OK, the back is slightly arched by the braces, just as on flattop guitars) An added advantage to this guitar-like design is the playability, as unlike most octave mandolins this one sits comfortably in your lap without the neck-heavy imbalance that plagues most mandolin-shaped octave mandos. The 22 inch scale also makes this an easier transition to mandolin tuning for guitar players (but an octave lower of course) . Wonderful gutsy tone, and for any mandolin ensemble a welcome balance to those piercing trebles.

stock no. 53918

ModelArchtop Octave Mandolin Black Top
TopItalian Red spruce
Back and sidesSolid Mahogany
Frets to body14
Nut width1.40" bone
Scale length22"
Bridge spacing1.84”
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialSolid Mahogany
Total frets19
BracingTone Bar
Serial No18073
CaseOrig. Hard
FinishShellac
TunersGotoh
BindingGrained Ivoroid