I had this instrument on the site for years with no information. Then I heard from the builder's son, who writes: "William C. Buckleman (b. 1921 in Natchez, Mississippi; d. 1996 in Santa Rosa, California) built high-quality, one-of-a-kind electric mandolins, guitars and double-necked mandolin/guitar combos. One of his instruments, 'Pete,' named after his nephew-in-law, is highly sought after (and so far still unlocated) due to the fact that it is one of the first electric, solid-body guitar/mandolin combos (circa 1951). He worked for United Airlines in San Francisco and performed country music. This particular mandolin's date I'm not sure of, in that his production dates run from about 1948 through the early 1980s ... a lifetime craft."