Exc (-) condition. SN: #201307-18.
1 3/16″ nut.
A very nice Snakehead A-4 oval-hole mandolin from Mike Black. Highly figured maple back, sides, and neck. Appears to be Adirondack Red Spruce top. Top and back of body and fingerboard bound with single grained ivoroid binding. Unbound Snakehead peghead has ebony overlay with Black logo inlaid with traditional Fleur de Lis. Ebony radiused fingerboard with pearl dot inlays and shortened double-cut extension. Mild sign of wear in frets but no buzzing. Ebony two-piece adjustable bridge. Silver James tailpiece with Black logo engraved in cover. Soundhole is excellent, with inside ivoroid binding and outer rosette ring with traditional houndstooth/ivoroid/houndstooth. Sunburst is very well applied, finished to intensify the beauty of the maple. Nickel Gotoh tuners with ivoroid buttons.
Some wear on top around bridge area.
A new mandolin from Mike Black with these appointments would be a little over $3,000 with the James tailpiece. Please call for more details. Original hardshell case.
Here is a clip of our friend Isaac Callender playing this fine instrument.