1997 J.D. Nolte A-Style Mandolin




Exc condition  /  SN: 29
1-7/32″ width at nut

This 1997 A-model is from the Evergreen Mtn Instrument company by the luthier, JD Nolte, in Cove, Oregon. This is a well-crafted mandolin with some distinctive features.
It is pretty much traditionally made, with flamed Maple back, sides and neck and a Spruce top. The more distinctive features include: vivid brown amber staining of the wood, Maple solid wood bindings of the body and fingerboard, prominent volute behind the peghead, and pronounced arching in the top with a well-defined recurve on the top and back.

Snakehead peghead with highly figured Quilted Maple overlay. Abalone “Evergreen Tree” inlaid at top. Gold Schaller tuners with pearloid buttons. Well-defined volute in back of peghead. Back of neck shows 2-pc figured Maple neck with 3/16″ Rosewood stringer along the center line. Gabon Ebony fingerboard that is lightly radiused and has a stylized end to the fingerboard. The fingerboard is bound with the beautiful flamed Maple bindings. Handmade quilted Maple pickguard that is stained to match the peghead.

The body of the mandolin is very handsome, with both the Spruce top and the Flamed Maple back, sides and neck showing off the beautiful amber shading everywhere.
Weber Ebony bridge installed and Price “Straightline” cast tailpiece with “Evergreen” Logo inlaid on it.

This mandolin looks great. It’s obvious it is a well-built handmade mandolin. The real distinctions about it are its highly figured woods, the great color of the Amber shading, and the prominent arching of the top and back.

This is a handsome mandolin by anybody’s standard. The sound is good, too.