2006 Eclipse Prototype (Dolphin Holes)

2006 Eclipse, first prototype, featured the dolphin holes from the Stealth, but added stylized scroll and sunset burst finish. Italian spruce top, 1-piece hard maple back, Deco style James tail piece (Bill James said “The tailpiece is a James but you can credit luthier Michael Lewis with the design of the cover“).

Hans said “I have been considering some further refinements, including different soundholes (S-holes?), and pickguard shape. The peghead is another consideration. While it seems to work fine for the Stealth, I have been searching for something that might fit better with the scroll motif.”

Eclipse on left, held by original owner Greg Fisher of MN, early fan and ardent supporter of Hans’ mandolins

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