Because they are too lightly built to work for bluegrass, players tend to forget about Martin’s A-style mandolins. But if you play old-time string band music, Celtic or even classical, the delicate, ringing tone is very appealing. This particular Style A was made in 1972 and it’s in fine structural condition. The pickguard has been replaced, most likely because it was shrinking. There are two repaired cracks in the top, near the top and bottom of the pickguard, which were most likely caused when the original shrank. The finish is very lightly crazed and there are a few scratches here and there but it is in otherwise good cosmetic shape. The previous owner installed a strap button on the heel and replaced the tuning machines with a set of Schaller mandolin gears. Includes an import rectangular case that was designed for an F-style mandolin but the Martin mandolin fits well in it.