Feb 092016
 

The mandolin originated in the Middle East as a bowl-back instrument. Crusaders brought it back to Europe and early Italian builders evolved the design, giving it four paired strings tuned like a violin but with a back similar to a lute (also of Arabic origin). In the mid 1890s, Orville Gibson revolutionized mandolin design, structurally […]
Gibson’s Style O Artist Guitar and K-4 Mandocello
Source: Vintage Guitar – Magazine