Jacobson Nautilus #20 – Black Tie #1

This instrument is an oval-hole transverse-braced instrument, and has all the sustain and warmth you would expect from a good transverse-braced instrument. Where it differs is that it offers a very prominent and crisp treble range. I believe it would be ideal for Irish Traditional music or old-time. The bass is not as boomy as you would get from a Gibson teens-era A model, but the result is a mandolin with excellent clarity and tons of tonal options available. It has a hint of tubbiness (which I regard as a good thing), but is not dominated by that trait. It is a very responsive and fun instrument to play.

Sold to a player in the midwestern US.

Beautiful Sitka top, transverse braced, oval hole w/ rosette.
Highly figured curly maple back
5-piece Wenge and maple neck
Compound radius Wenge fretboard w/ modern curly maple and turquoise inlay
1 1/8″ nut width
C shaped neck, with a nice full profile
.080″ x .040″ frets (“Banjo frets”)
Glossy natural finish to highlight the beautiful Wenge, Maple, and Spruce tonewoods
There is no plastic binding — the wenge and maple sides act as binding, and the fretboard feels just like a bound neck (undercut fret tangs, and the fret slots do not extend to the edge)
Jacobson wenge bridge, bone-capped saddle compensated for J74’s.
Jacobson engraved aluminum tailpiece with wenge harmonic supressor cap.

MandolinCafe Thread here.

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