(NEW) Without reservation, we express our long-standing reverence for Stiver mandolins. They are among the finest in the world, and we get excited whenever we get our hands on one. Imagine our excitement, then, when we were able, exclusively, to offer the 40th Anniversary Stiver mandolin.
When Lou Stiver and I discussed the idea for his 40th Anniversary mandolins, we couldn’t think of a lot of changes, since the 400 or so Stiver mandolins out there pretty much speak for themselves, and Stiver-owners tend to be some of the most contented and loyal and least likely to want to trade one away…so we kept it simple, but elegant…
But Mr. Stiver did honor our request for some very unique woods – and he acquired a few sets of incredibly nice 60+ year-old SALVAGED SUGAR MAPLE for us, large enough to yield a ONE-PIECE back, which we dearly love. The special woods add $$$ to the MSRP, but as you can see from the photos that we got what we paid for!
This mandolin is accessorized with a special *40th Anniversary* satin silver engraved James tailpiece and tortoise pick guard, IVOROID bindings with black purfling, strap button, radiused fretboard with ” faux-fretted” Florida fretboard scoop and nickel Gotoh tuners with pearloid knobs. Price includes a deluxe ($295 MSRP) TKL rectangular case –
or, for an instrument of this quality, we can substitute a new SONIC BLUE (or yellow/blue) Calton case (sonic blue shown below with a previous 40th Anniv. Stiver) for $500 additional.
Stiver mandolins are individually handcrafted one at a time in Western Pennsylvania by our good friend Lou Stiver.
As pretty as this instrument is, and oh boy it is, Stiver mandolins are famous for their TONE.
Note: With 2016 ticking to a close, and Mr. Stiver’s special stash of wood fully exploited, this will the FINAL 40th Anniversary model that will be offered. Got someone special on your list? Yourself perhaps?
New (2016) MSRP: $7,250
Serial # 362
AMW Price: $6,450 or $6,950 with CALTON case