Here's a mandolin with a storied past from Indiana-based Andrew Jerman. I
haven't seen many mandolins from Andrew in this particular narrow-waisted,
double-cutaway style. The points may look symmetrical, but they're not quite, the bass
point being just a little higher.
This 8-stringer has a solid body of figured birch, with a flame maple
top, ebony fretboard, maple neck, and rosewood headstock overlay with torch and
logo. When completed in 2010, it was bright purple. A previous owner
hung it in a window for years and the sunlight did a number on the
finish. Now it's a faded purple in some spots and a sort of dark
greenish blue in others. Call it "distressed."
There have been a couple of modifications: the original adjustable
saddles have been removed from the bridge and replaced with a single
compensated rosewood saddle. The neck has been repositioned slightly to
accommodate the new saddle, resulting in a small channel mismatch
between the neck and body on the bass side. A piezo pickup under the
bridge used to connect to a separate headphone jack, but that jack has
been removed and the hole covered with a black plate, and the piezo's
lead has been soldered in with the other pickup wires. There's
a lot of playing wear and surface scratches, including buckle rash
on the back. And there are several small
chips in the finish.
The adjustable neck has only the slightest amount of relief, and
the mandolin plays easily.
It sports a pair of Almuse humbucker pickups with separate volume
controls, along with a tone knob and
two 3-way switches: one is a pickup selector for the humbuckers; the
other corresponded to the piezo and probably doesn't have a current
function. Nickel chrome hardware, including Grover tuners
and Strat-style tailpiece/bridge with custom rosewood saddle.
Standard 13.875" scale.
Adjustable truss rod in the neck.
Andrew Jerman runs a one-man shop producing high-quality instruments at very reasonable prices.
A Jerman e-mando offers probably the most bang for the buck of any solidbody
electric available today. Gig bag included, or upgrade to a hardshell case.
for more information. $550 plus shipping.