Laskin | Cittern | 1984 | SN:300884 | FOR SALE!
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- Model: Cittern
- Year: 1984
- Serial: 300884
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Back and sides: Maple
- Neck: Maple
- Scale: 20″
- Bridge: Ivory
- Rosette: Abalone
- Backstrip: Marquetry
- Purfling: Purfling
- Case: Hardwood handmade
This is a modern 5 course cittern by Grit Laskin. Grit is best known for his inlay world and this instrument is no exception. It features an intricate inlay of a river driver or log jam worker steering a log with a “peavey”. Originally built for Canadian Folk band Tanglefoot, Grit’s engraving work is also evident on the pearl heel cap which has the band’s logo.
Some may choose to call this a 10 string octave mandolin with a high B and I have certainly treated it that way, tuning it to G-D-A-E-B over five courses. This allows a large variety of voicings and hand positions, aided by a 20″ scale length and roomy flat-top body. Tonally, it is warm and rich with ample volume.
It is constructed with an evenly, deeply curled maple and quartered spruce, purfled with alternating maple and rosewood, and bound with rosewood. It also has an ivoroid bound ebony fingerboard, ivory bridge, bone nut, and improvised 10 string Schaller tuners.
It is in excellent structural condition and has acquired significant crazing in the lacquer finish and the back of the neck has lacquer flake-off. The instrument is housed in a custom handmade wooden hard case with excellent padding and protection.
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