D'Angelico "Scroll" Headstock Carved Top Mandolin (1942)


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D'Angelico "Scroll" Headstock Model Carved Top Mandolin (1942), made in N.Y. City, serial # 151, sunburst lacquer finish, maple back, sides and neck; spruce top, ebony fingerboard, original black hard shell case.
Overall length is 25 1/2 in. (64.8 cm.), 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm.) body width, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 13 5/8 in. (346 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.). Very fine overall; all original except for a reproduction pickguard and new bracket. There is some finish wear to the back and sides of the neck but the only notable alterations to the instrument are due to the disintegration of the original celluloid pickguard. There is some scarring to the top finish (under the guard) and a replaced piece of binding where the guard attaches.

The finish on the back of the heel has been carefully patched and blended where the gassing celluloid caused the original to flake. There is no heel crack or repair (photos of the unretouched heel are available); as the guard crumbled inside the case pieces of the disintegrating celluloid ended up in the well under the heel, and damaged the finish in that area only. The rest of the mandolin shows only light play wear and no other damage; all other finish and hardware are original. The frets have very little wear, playability is excellent and the sound is just heavenly. Simply one of the finest mandolins we have ever handled, and a real part of New York musical history. Overall Excellent - Condition.