This Briggs mandolin was one of a handful made under contract in 1918 by the C.F. Martin & Co. who also made instruments under the names Bitting and Wolverine during the same time period. Although the Martin style A is quite common, this model (stamped Biggs Special made by C.F. Martin & Co. on the back of the peg head) is rarely seen.
Like the style A, this mandolin has a bent spruce top, a few extra inlays and a different peg head contour. The back and sides are genuine Honduran mahogany, all finished in a luxurious satin.
This otherwise fine example has the typical Martin "pickguard" crack and a 5" crack on the treble side, both professionally repaired long ago. The original tuning machines were replaced with a vintage 1940s set and the tailpiece cover is likewise unavailable.
This Martin/Briggs style A mandolin has a fabulously sweet tone, with singing highs and a mid-range with plenty of warm overtones.
$795 in original case
United States, Port Townsend, WA, 98368
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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 - Very Good Condition
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