VTG LIVE & READY TO GO!
19/01/2018 - Now sold and on it's way to a customer in Reading!
...AND THE FEEDBACK........
"Hello, Bob. The mandolin and case have arrived safely and in good nick. Iâ€™ve just tuned it up and am having a play now. Initial impressions are very favourable and I look forward to playing it in folk clubs in the months and years to come. Many thanks."
Selling on commission on behalf of Colin Keefe, the Long Eaton, Nottingham based, highly respected professional luthier, I work with......not only one of the finest restoration and repair luthiers you will find, but a maker of Fine Guitars & Mandolins.
Colin has made & fitted a new top section to the Ebony adjustable floating bridge, re-strung & set-up the Mandolin, to play beautifully!
Stock Number - VTGC1043.
I am in contact with Gremlin Music, who distribute Ashbury Mandolins in the UK, and hoping to be able to obtain a full specification for the GR-3138 model, but meantime I believe that these details are correct, subject to that confirmation:-
Update: Reply from Chris Rudd, General Manager at Gremlin Music, indicates that they have no actual records of previous models, but includes the following quote....."I remember the model.......I know it would have been Solid spruce carved top and solid maple body (maybe carved)."....The current Ashbury Carved Spruce tp/solid Maple back & sides F-style model is the AM-420, with an RRP of Â£699.
F-Style Scroll Body Mandolin.
Solid Spruce Top, Carved, according to Distributor, Gremlin Music!
Solid Maple Back & Sides, possibly Carved back, according to Distributor, Gremlin Music!
Maple Neck with Ornamental Inlayed Fingerboard.
Ebony Bridge, ABS binding/purfling, multiple binding Top, Back & Headstock, Ornamental Headstock Inlays.
Gold finish Hardware, including White Pearloid-button 4-on-a-strip machines/tuners.
Black fronted 3-Ply B/W/B Pickguard.
Nut width: 28mm.
Width at 12th fret: 38mm.
Scale length: 350mm.
Body depth: 42mm.
Body width: 255mm.
No Frets: 24.
Overall length: 707mm.
Made in: China.
Model No: GR-3138.
Excellent condition, just overhauled, re-strung & set-up, by Colin Keefe. Only slight fret & fingerboard playwear. Finish as near unmarked as you will get, only very slight & superficial play marking. Fine 15mm.long surface crack in pickguard is directly over mounting pad & therefore reinforced.
Excellent 12th. fret action around 2mm./2.25mm.
Re-strung, just before listing date, with Rotosound Mandolin Strings........EEAADDGG.......1010121223w23w34w34w....."High quality phosphor bronze wound loop end 8 string mandolin set."
There is no case included, but at the moment I do have a Hiscox Liteflite Mandolin case, which may fit....I have checked that, and it fits very well, and is available additionally at moderate price.