1930s National Rosita mandolin. $900.
Here's an exceedingly rare vintage mandolin from National
Res-O-Phonic. Nearly all vintage National mandolins
have metal bodies; this wood-bodied model is the sole
exception I know of. I have seen only
four examples of it, including this one.
I'm calling it a "Rosita" because it has similar soundholes to the
Rosita guitar also produced by National during this period.
Solid wood body and neck were probably supplied by the Regal factory, but
the coverplate has the correct National-registered patent numbers,
indicating that this was assembled and finished at the National digs. Lots of
wear, some scuffing and a chip out of the headstock, but
in decent shape for being so old.
Tailpiece is a modern replacement. Funky, bluesy tone, but a bit warmer than the metal-body Nationals.
$900 plus shipping. Comes with a gig bag or a Johnson semi-hardshell case. See
for more information.