Martin Style A
Martin Style A, 1935. $800.
C.F. Martin & Co. of Nazareth, Pa., is widely renowned for its flattop guitars, but is also important in the history of American mandolins. This 1935 Style A is a lovely example of the "bent-top" models introduced by the company in the mid-1910s. The serial number is A-15841.
    Spruce top, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, Brazilian rosewood headplate. Unbound ebony fretboard with white side dots. One-piece ebony bridge, four-per-side tuners, plain Waverly cloud tailpiece, and tortoise celluloid pickguard. Nine-ply soundhole rosette, 3-ply top binding, and single-ply back binding.
    To paraphrase Jackson Browne, this mandolin must have been somebody's baby, because while it has small scratches and pick wear, indicating that it was lovingly played, it has no cracks, repairs or issues, and is all set for another 85 years of music-making. Its throaty, somewhat dusky tone will be at home in a variety of musical genres, and the instrument itself will be at home wherever you like to play the mandolin. Comes in a modern hardshell case. See more photos, call 425/772-0231, or for more information. $800 plus shipping.