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1984 Flatiron A5-1, Carlson Signed, $3,600.00

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Here's the real thing and it's everything you could want in a Carlson-era Flatiron mandolin.... big chop, lots of volume and spot-on intonation. All of this in what appears to be a "new", unplayed, 1984 Steve Carlson-signed Flatiron A5-1. This mandolin was "special" from the start..... it features very curly Maple, a darker-than-normal stain/sunburst, a fancy abalone fleur-de-lis headstock inlay (a rare option on early models) and factory gold hardware. Factory build details include the previously mentioned curly Maple, a Spruce top, lacquer finish, a 1&1/8 inch nut width, a flat fretboard and X-bracing.

As advertised, this one is still "new"..... there's not a sign of playwear on this mandolin (including the frets) and, thanks to a few premium updates, it has the enhanced playability that comes with the best modern hardware and a fresh professional set-up.

The "must have" updates include the following:
*New "custom" black buttons on the Schaller tuners (removed the factory pearloid buttons.... yuck!)
*New natural bone nut installed (replaced the factory synthetic nut)
*Full-contact Cumberland Acoustic ebony bridge
*Gold-plated Bill James tailpiece, engraved "The Flatiron"
*Scooped fretboard extension
*New ebony strap button and endpin.

Lots more photos for serious buyers.... "click" on the link for telephone and email information and call or email with your questions. Mandolin will ship in an original TKL-style fitted case. The case is in very good condition and shows only "storage" wear. PRICE REDUCED TO $3,600.00 TOTAL and that includes FREE DELIVERY in the conus.