Clifford Essex ‘Silver Medal’ Mandolin-£500

A very fine instrument indeed, this mandolin probably dates from the 1920s and was almost certainly made in England. The body is made from rosewood with ebony bindings, the top is very fine-grained spruce and the neck is mahogany with an ebony fretboard, heavily inlayed with mother of pearl. There are some historic repairs to the sides and a few shallow scratches to the top, the tailpiece may not be original, or if it is, it’s missing a hinged cover. The original tuners are holding tension but are a little stiff in the turning.

The instrument is playing very well with a warm, open tone, a low action and good intonation.


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