Posted 5 years ago
This is a 1936 Style 97 National mandolin, brass body, nickel plated with the surfer girl sand blasted image on the back. These were painted with bright colours to enhance the picture, but unfortunately most of the paint has worn off with excessive playing. It has a really old pickup installed on the cone. Quite strange but it still sounds excellent. It also has suffered from pickguard burn. Lovely piece of history.
The pickup has an "A" on it, looks about 1940. Any ideas of the brand?