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J.S. Hill 20-2 (2011)


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Top: European spruce
Back/Sides/Neck: Big leaf maple
Body Binding: Ebony
Bracing: Tone bar
Bridge: Compensated ebony adjustable
Fingerboard: Ebony
Nut: 1.13"
Neck Joint: Dovetail
Truss Rod: None
Peghead Veneer: Spruce
Tuners: Schaller aged nickel with ebony buttons
Scale Length: 14"
Finish: French polish
Tailpiece: Cast James with luthier engraving
Case: Non-original hard-shell case
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One of our favorite anomalies in a shop full of them, this unique 2011 two-point from violin luthier John Hill isn't quite like any other mandolin you're likely to find in our store. Modeled after the highly rare and collectible Martin Style 20, the 20-2 sports authentic old-time tone with all the careful craftsmanship and attention to detail in the fit and finish that can't really be found outside of a hand-built instrument. Taking the specs and measurements of a 1929 Style 20 and expanding them slightly for a larger body and a full 14-inch scale length, this eight-string packs a powerful growl with an impressive amount of lows and mids. Cosmetics are minimal and stick closely to the classic Martin design, allowing the sound to do the talking.

With next to no visible playing wear and a comfortable set up, this instrument arrived in our shop in excellent condition. The minimal French polish finish shows a few scuffs on both the top and back of the lower bout, which are only visible when examined closely under indirect lighting. Included in the price is a non-original hard-shell case which fits the mandolin very well.

*Please note, per our return policy, all sales on used and consignment instruments are final.*

*Photos from our inventory, actual grain patterns may vary Slightly. Contact us for details.