John J. Wallo Mandola

  • Very Good Condition
  • Year: 1967
  • No Case
  • Serial #: 1-55-79


Made in Elmont, Virginia in 1967 by a John J. Wallo, this mandola is similar to Gibson in design and build, but also screams rural ingenuity in appointments such as pearloid binding on the body and neck, and a proud peghead ornament w/ maker's name; originally purchased in a Washington D.C. violin store in the late 1960s. The body was made using flamed maple back and sides, with a straight grained spruce top; "sheraton brown" esque finish; Waverly cloud tailpiece lightly tarnished; bound oval soundhole with slightly shaky rosette; 11-3/16" lower bout. Three piece maple neck w/ rosewood center lamination, 15-3/4" scale length ebony neck w/ thin original frets (medium ware, have been dressed); 1-1/4" wide nut; the neck unfortunately was built with no truss rod, and has forward relief, and some fall-off at fingerboard extension; medium/high action.


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