Special / Sale Price - 1988 Givens A-6
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We've had several Givens mandolins over the years, but this is our very first A-6. Built by the late R.L. "Bob" Givens in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Label states R.L. Givens Company est. 1961 and this mandolin is s/n 447 and signed 11/29/88.
Specs; Engelmann Spruce top, figured Maple back/sides/neck in an iced tea sunburst finish, 3-ply bound body and peghead, 2-ply bound fretboard. Radiused Ebony fretboard, gold Schaller tuning gears (replacements) and Torch headstock inlay. Gold finish has worn off of traditional tailpiece or it may be a nickel tailpiece cover. I may have a new gold one around here somewhere.
Hard to beat the tone on these mandolins. He built a bunch of `em. Obviously had it all figured out. Exceptional dry, woody tone. Notes really jump of the strings. Huge volume and chop. Traditional look, tone and feel. May be the best A-style mandolin we've had at MandoMutt.
EC- to Excellent condition. Does show play wear, relative to it's age. Not a player, but not a trophy either. Top shows some scratches and dings, mainly on lower bout. Has a pick guard that's been removed. It is included in the sale and easily re-attached. Back is relatively clean. Headstock has a couple scratches and a ding or two. Frets are in excellent shape with no wear to speak of.
Really a remarkable 100% handmade mandolin. Offered with original case. Trades are welcome on this fine American made mandolin.