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2004 Old Wave Mandola, Curly Redwood, Mesquite Back/Sides - USED


(USED) Holy C-G-D-A, What do we have here, Batman? 

We’ve got the privilege of handling this wonderful circa-2004 Old Wave “C#” oval-hole mandola. It was artfully crafted by Bill Bussman, a New Mexico luthier known for great sounding, often unconventional looking mandolins. This asymmetrical 2-point instrument was made as part of a pair of special orders (we also have a matching Old Wave oval-hole mandolin) built with native-New Mexico hardwoods. The back, sides, and neck are desert Mesquite, the top is curly Redwood, and the bridge, fretboard, and peghead veneer are crafted from desert Ironwood. The tuners are gold-plated Schaller with pearloid knobs, and the tailpiece is a gold plated Allen. 

The mandola has the very robust classic warm and throaty sound of an oval-hole mandola, with added warmth, chime, and sustain of the Redwood top. A sweet mandolin, for sure, perfect for mandolin orchestra work or vocal accompaniment. 

Sadly, Bill Bussman passed away recently but before he died, we had a nice chat with him about this set of instruments, built, as they were, for the deceased brother of a client of ours. We are selling the instruments on consignment to help settle the estate. 

Serial #343 (2004) 
AMW Price: $3,000 (with rectangular TKL case)

For more information, email or call (412) 422-0710