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Breedlove Olympic Mandolin

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This is an early example of Breedlove’s Oregon USA production, made in or around 1997. This model was part of their Premier Series and has premium woods and finish. Paper label signed in pencil by Kim Breedlove. I bought it used from Gryphon Strings in 2003. I played it out around 10-15 times. Other than that it has led a smoke free and climate and humidity controlled life in my house since I’ve owned it. Tight grained spruce top, highly (imo, see photos at link) flamed maple back and sides, maple neck, ebony fingerboard, ebony peghead overlay with a little bit of striping to it, black binding all the way around, stamped kidney shaped tailpiece, rather thick round neck and wide, radiused ebony fingerboard, large frets, high gloss spray nitro finish, shaped arch-top case (original) in near mint condition. The only modification made is that I had the end of the fingerboard scooped out professionally (David Large, Deering Ohio) right after I bought it. It just got back from a fret job and set up done by luthier Todd Sams (Athens Ohio) and plays well in all positions. Overall condition is excellent. There are light surface scratches and a couple of small dings here and there from normal use. None are bad at all and none go through the finish. They probably don’t deserve mentioning but I want to completely up front here. There is a place on the bass side of the neck where the finish has peeled away from the edge of the fingerboard. It was like that when I bought it and hasn’t changed in 17 years (see photo). There is a small cleat under the top under the end of the fingerboard next to the sound hole where the center seam in the top had a slight separation when I bought it. I had it repaired professionally right after I bought it. I did my best to photograph it but it’s hard to see in the photo. It’s currently strung up with D’Addario nickel bronze mediums.

The reason I’m selling is that I don’t play oval hole mandolin enough to justify keeping it and I’d like to free up some cash to help pay for a custom parlor guitar I currently have on order.

Here it is in some Youtube videos. They were recorded with just an iphone so recording quality isn't all that.

$1,150 firm, plus actual shipping charges and PayPal fees. No trade offers, please. A 2% donation to the Cafe will be made by me upon successful sale if sale is through this ad.

Category: Mandolins
Ad Number 150935
Posted: Feb 18, 2020 10:15 AM CDT

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Scott Rucker

Ashland KY

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