c. 1919 Vega model 203 cylinder back mandolin

Patented in 1913 and built in Boston throughout the teens and 20’s, the Vega cylinder back or lute mandolin has certainly passed the test of time as they are still favored by many players today. Especially in the worlds of Celtic and classical music. This one is in AMAZING condition. There is no fret wear to the original bar frets. There are no cracks, repairs or modifications and basically no scratches or dings. There is an old social security number etched into the tailpiece. If you look real close you can find a few tiny imperfections so I won’t say it’s in mint condition but you could look the world over and not find a 93 year old instrument this well preserved. The solid spruce top is great and the flamed maple back and sides just glow. It has a beautiful, mellow sound that you just can’t get out of a modern instrument. Original hard case in in very good shape with the exception of the worn out leather handle.

Price: Sold.