Gelas Mandobass

  • Very Good + Condition
  • Year: circa 1937
  • No Case
  • Serial #: 177


Rare mandobass attributed to Lucien Gelas, a French musician and teacher who was issued a patent in 1905 for a unique and extraordinary double-top design. It is unlikely that Gelas built instruments himself, and this 1937 Mandolin Bass can likely be attributed to Jean Rovies, Paris; excellent tone, one of the better designed mandolin basses. The large teardrop shaped body is about 20" wide at the lower bout, and 6" deep; two spruce tops are placed at an angle, one flush w/ the fretboard, the other holding the bridge; two sound holes present. The maple neck has a 39-3/8" scale length ebony fingerboard with 1-15/16" nut; very comfortable and easy to play; slotted peghead with brass geared tuners (one replaced button). Cosmetic wear is present, and several repair top cracks (lower top), chips to binding. PART OF A SET


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