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For Sale/Trade Mid-1920's Gibson K-1 Mandocello

Discussion in 'For Sale: Other Stuff (Not bass related)' started by klyph, Nov 16, 2018.


  1. klyph

    klyph Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2009
    SE MA USA
    Price:
    2500
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I love this thing, but I don't play it nearly enough. My luthier says it is all original and the neck graft is a great repair that was likely done in the thirties. It has been strung for a couple of months now, but was unstrung in it's original case for decades until I "rescued" it. Pickguard is long gone. Sounds nice, playability is only ok: some experimentation with strings and judicious fret levelling is probably in order. If I wind up keeping it I will probably go with a single C string, which is a common "mod" for clarity and playability. I would probably also have a replica bridge made for pickup mounting purposes, although it is certainly loud enough for an traditional "session".

    I would prefer not to ship this instrument. Price is OBO, offers are welcome, but please be sensible and respectful. I will drive to make a deal happen, New England or New York.

    I am open to trades, but I am going to be kind of picky here. Mostly, I am looking for a five string bass guitar, eight lbs. or less, 34" scale or less. Brand and condition are secondary, I will take a Fernandes or Ibanez with cash on your end just as happily as a elrick, Marleaux or Sadowsky with cash on mine. Other trade interests would include 2x12 or 2x15 cabs, lightweight heads (esp. 2 ohm capable), and upright basses. IMG_20181116_174107409. IMG_20181116_174240033. IMG_20181116_174218723. IMG_20181116_174257046. IMG_20181116_174202627.
     
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  2. ddbassGA

    ddbassGA Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2010
    Athens, GA
    I've wanted one of these for years.
     
  3. klyph

    klyph Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2009
    SE MA USA
    I have had the pleasure of knowing/playing with two great MC players for 25 years. I caught the bug early. I really need to focus on the axes that make money- this isn't one of them. I couldn't resist when I came across it. But I have an octave mandolin that satisfies my urges. If you would like to make an offer, I will consider shipping.
     
  4. Mjbee

    Mjbee

    Jan 12, 2019
    Hi. Is this still available? I live in Arlington and would live to take a look.
     

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