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September 7, 2011 | Classifieds find: Green Ludewig 2-point

Hard to believe this rare gem (emerald, by the way) is for sale. One of our good friends Larry Sherman has offered up his treasured green Ludewig oval-hole 2-point mandolin in the Mandolin Cafe online Classifieds. This is truly a one of a kind instrument, and our appreciation of the work of the Dekalb, Illinois cartsman is well documented.

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Larry weighs in, "Stunning Abalone Block Inlay on the Neck, gorgeous quilted maple back, Engelmann spruce top, X-braced, Carbon-fiber reinforced neck, extremely thin but protective emerald green finish. Design elements from Jethro Burns' Gibson 2-Point ("Red") with a distinctive jazz look, but a very versatile focused tone equally at home in any style. The headstock design reminds me of the classic elegant jazz archtop guitars by D'Angelico. Dale's pickguard/finger-rest design does not block the soundhole, and is positioned lower to give you more picking room.

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He continues, "An amazing voice, great dynamics, a joy to play, very comfortable neck, low action, clear notes with sustain and power. Definition, clarity, tone, complexity, sweetness, and volume to match many F-holes instruments yet with the oval-hole sound that goes so well with Irish/jazz/fiddle arrangements."

Larry is asking $4,500 including a high-end boutique custom green Calton case with matching green interior. Definitely one to check out!

See Mandolin Cafe Classified ad to contact seller: Ludewig oval-hole 2-point mandolin

Read more about the work of Dale Ludewig.

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Posted by Ted at September 7, 2011 5:44 AM


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