Very early, serial no. 022, Steve's second year, made for Ry Cooder (his name is on the neck block), now with a new recent top by the maker. Woods are spruce top and maple back & sides. One of our customers -- a professional mandolin player -- told us he'd never heard a better mandolin for old-time than this one. Steve Gilchrist is the top mandolin builder of our time, building carved instruments fully by hand, from Lake Gnotuk, Australia.