Strident Mandolin Study Model early 1900's

Stridente is one of the most prolific and renowned mandolin makers of the early 20th century.

Characterized by Neapolitan violin making, it takes up the codes and style of Vinaccia in particular.

This model is particular in the sense that it does not yet meet the nomenclature of the most common Stridente mandolins.

Indeed, due to the particular shape of its protection plate, reminiscent of some made by Vinaccia or Giovanni Battista Fabricatore at the end of the 18th century, its assembly with these bone button tuners and its tailpieces, this mandolin would be dated between 1900 and 1910.

There is also a period easel reminiscent of certain Cristofaro easels, also used by Garofalo and Manzoni.

This would therefore make it a model from the first years of Stridente production.

Technical characteristics :
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back: Rosewood
  • Handle: Beech veneered with rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood (+++)
  • Width at nut: 30 mm
  • Radius: Flat
  • Frets: 17 frets
  • Scale: 330 mm
  • Profile: Neapolitan
  • Pickguard: Ebony
  • Country of manufacture: Naples, Italy
  • Year: 1900's
  • Finish: Natural
  • Decorations: Table edge and rosette fillets in alternating maple and ebony. Mother-of-pearl dot key markers.
  • Details: Two very slight cracks repaired on the table at the edge of the fingerboard which do not affect the playing of the mandolin in any way.

The neck of this mandolin is very straight, which allowed perfect adjustment and a low action which offers excellent playing comfort.

The sound is powerful, the projection is very good and the timbre is typically Neapolitan with nice harmonics.

Comes with a period case.

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