VTG LIVE & READY TO GO! - New Listing - 27/04/2018.
Selling on commission for a customer, who is a long-established gigging Guitarist, Mandolin Player & Singer.
Freshwater Mandolins and other instruments in the Mandolin family have a strong following, not only in the U.K., but also in Europe/Scandinavia, and the U.S.A. David Freshwater is no longer making instruments, but was for many years a well-known instrument maker, based in the north of Scotland....this is therefore an ideal opportunity to obtain one of his instruments.
This Mandolin has now been overhauled & upgraded, acting on guidance from the highly-respected professional luthier I work with.
Stock Number: VTGC1045.
My customer bought this Mandolin new in 1998, and it has now had a professional overhaul and upgrade.
Solid Spruce Top.
Solid Black Walnut Back & Sides.
Mahogany Neck with Dot Inlayed Fingerboard.
Adjustable Floating Bridge, probably also Walnut, with Bone Saddle.
Chrome Hardware, including Enclosed Individual machines/tuners, and New Replacement Tailpiece.
Nut width: 31.5mm.
Width at 12th fret: 35mm.
Scale length: 352mm.
Body depth: 6.7cm.
Body width: 26.2cm.
No Frets: 20.
Overall length: 62cm.
Maker's Label: Made in Scotland - For Soar Valley Music - By D. Freshwater - Using Natural Timbers.
Overhaul and upgrade has been carried out, acting on guidance from the highly-respected professional luthier I work with, including installation of additional bracing around the soundhole, and fitting a new replacement tailpiece....same style as the original.
The overall condition is good, but with typical signs of 20 years of normal use, with light scratches and chips to the finish, and some very localised finish losses and some limited areas of age-crazing to the finish, but overall remains a handsome, mature Luthier-built Mandolin.
The overhaul carried out has included fitting new, replacement tailpiece, re-stringing and set-up adjustments. In addition in view of the slight "shaping" noted in the top, around the soundhole, in accordance with the luthier's guidance, three additional top-braces have been added. Firstly a full width cross-brace forward of the soundhole, to match the original one to the rear of the soundhole, plus two more lengthwise braces, running between the two cross-braces, north & south of the soundhole, so providing a brace boxing.
In addition to the new tailpiece, fittings otherwise appear original, and in good order. The new tailpiece incorporates the original chrome endpin strap button, the Chrome enclosed individual tuners remain bright and work fine, and the original hardwood adjustable floating bridge, and nut are intact.
Minor overhaul/dressing work has also been carried out to the frets, which only show minor play wear, and there is no significant wear to the fingerboard.
The Mandolin has a good action, of around 2mm. at the 12th. fret, and although the fingerboard shows a little more relief than is absolutely needed to play cleanly, it does indeed play all the way up, without any problems. If desired, when the time comes to re-fret the mandolin, we can undertake re-levelling the fingerboard, prior to the installation of the new frets....a normal part of the re-fretting procedure.
It has been strung with Martin M400 10 to 34 gauge Bronze strings, E-A-D-G. There is no case with the Mandolin. In the past I have had the excellent Hiscox Mandolin cases, but I don't have any in stock currently. Very happy to look into whether I can obtain one for a buyer if required.