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For Sale: 1994 FLATIRON Cadet/Army-Navy

Posted By: drmuse (0) | Rate Member
 Member 4+ Years  Returns allowed with money back refund

$725 USD

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There is an underground, cult like flock of mandolin insiders (like this seller) who recognize the Bozeman, MT. Flatiron mandolins as probably the greatest revival of commercial mandolins quality since the Lloyd Loar period at Gibson. The company started up in the late 1970's and provided such quality mandolins that Gibson bought them out so they would not be directly competing with Gibson for sales. The seller is fortunate enough to have several Flatiron mandolins in his collection. Flatiron initially produced high quality "pancake" or army/navy style mandolins in its first few years and later upgraded to making exquisite carved top A style and F style mandolins. The company eventually phased out of business under Gibson as Gibson just used the Flatiron assemblers to now produce instruments with the GIBSON label. The mandolins made at the Bozeman, Montana factory under the direction of Steve Carlton and then Bruce Weber are very much in demand because most of their owners will not part with them.

The instrument for sale is Model 1-N (with the "N" standing for natural finish. The top is sitka spruce and the back and sides are solid maple. The neck has a darker finish and appears to be mahogany. The fingerboard is rosewood. The bridge and the nut are ebony. The peghead veneer is walnut. There are 18 frets made of nickle silver. There are mother-of-pearl inlaid There are inlaid dots on the 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th and 15th frets. There are dot position markers on the side of the fretboard to also help orient the player. The finish is "natural" with a nitrocellular lacquer overcoat. There is a solid steel truss rod that can be adjusted via the black plastic truss rod cover on the headstock. This is a right-handed mandolin. The serial number on the lable inside the sound hole is 94045321 which indicates that this instrument was made in Bozeman, MT. in 1994.The nut width is a comfortable 1 and 1/8 inches and there is lateral bracing in the body of the instrument. The open gear tuners are four on a plate with white pearl buttons. "The Flatiron" is silkscreened in black on the front of the headstock. The tailpiece is clamshell style and made of nickle with a metal strap pin screwed into the end block. The scale length of this model is 13 and 3/4 inches. The overall length of the instrument is 24 and 3/4". The body depth is 1 and 1/2". The chipboard case is brown and looks new. Instrument also comes with the pristine original warranty card guaranteeing it for a lifetime. For a sound demonstration please go to You Tube and search for ""


United States, Tualatin, OR, 97062



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Return Policy:

Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Excellent Condition




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