This Vintage '70s Aria AM700 F-Style Mandolin is a high-quality Japanese-made instrument that shows the normal cosmetic wear one would expect with vintage gear, yet is in excellent playing condition. Normal scratches, checking, tiny nicks and dings are present, but it's very structurally sound. Normal shrinkage of and checking along the binding can be found upon close inspection. Tarnishing of the gold-plated tailpiece can also be seen. These imperfections are cosmetic in nature only and do not affect the functionality of the instrument. Very aesthetically pleasing with its cool, vintage vibe – tons of mojo! It also appears to be 100% original! Plays and sounds fantastic! Original hardshell case shows normal scuffs and scratches, but is in overall very good cosmetic shape and is fully functional. We ask that you observe its pictures closely and invite you to contact us with any questions you may have.