Century Mandolin

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From its introduction in 1939 until 1957 the Century Mandolin was part of the Century range of instruments and amplifiers including the Century archtop electric guitar, Century Banjo, Century Mandolin, Electar Century Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar and Century Amplifier. This line of instruments was available in "complete outfits" or "starter packs" as we know them today. These outfits typically included the instrument, case, amplifier and a cord. Century amplifers were available in AC or AC-DC models. The Century guitar was available in Spanish (conventional), Tenor (4-sting short-scale) and Plectrum (4-string long-scale) versions. Plectum versions were usually special order only.

In 1939, the Century Mandolin was $72.25 including a case and cord. The Century AC outfit was $124.50 and the AC-DC outfit was $134.50.

See: Century Series


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1939 Century Mandolin
1941 Century Mandolin
  • 1939-1954
  • 8-string configuration


  • Laminated mahogany body
  • No f-holes 1939-1940
  • Standard f-holes with binding 1941-1954


  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays
  • Metal bikini logo plate on headstock


  • White pyralin binding on top, back & neck


  • Non adjustable Epiphone Master pickup
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • Volume and tone controls of opposites sides


  • Inlaid bakelite tortoise shell pickguard
  • Individual tuners with plastic buttons
  • Adjustable rosewood bridge
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • Carousel knobs
  • Bone nut


  • Shaded Brown

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