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Antoria F model, 1970s. Similar to an Ibanez from the same period.
Altman F Snakehead, 2010. Bob Altman originally made his mandolin for Mike Marshall with a long scale. After playing it for a while, Marshall changed his mind about long-scale mandolins. Altman relocated the nut to the position of what was originally the first fret, and now the scale is 14 1/4", just 1/4" longer than standard. In a hardshell case. $8,950
Brentrup Model 32-S mandola, 2002. A powerful mandola with the three-point body shape of early Gibsons, made by Johannes Brentrup of Minneapolis. West Virginia red spruce top, curly maple back and sides, vase-and-wire headstock inlay, Handel tuners, violin spirit varnish over oil varnish finish. $20,700
Video of Tyler Andal playing the Brentrup.
Daley "Hoss" replica, 2007. Sim Daley made this relic'd replica of Sam Bush's famous "Hoss" F-5, but Sam never picked it up, so Adam Steffey played it and won an IBMA award. In a fiberglass case. $21,500
Dudenbostel F-5, 2003. This beautiful custom mandolin was featured in the DIY Network's "Handmade Music" show, played by Andy Leftwich at the Ryman Auditorium and at Ricky Skaggs' studio. Swiss Alpine spruce top, birdseye maple back and sides, Virzi, tortoise baindng, Waverly tuners, tortoise pattern binding, radiused fingerboard, banjo-size frets, oil varnish finish. In a Travelite case with built-in hygrometer.
new price... $20,000
Eastman 615 mandola, used (but not much). Good sound and good value in an F-style mandola. In its original hard case. $1,350
Elkhorn F, 2005. An early example - serial number 4 - from Robb Brophy of Durango, CO; radiused fingerboard, one-piece back and satin finish. In a hardshell case. new price.... $2,950
Giacomel J5. Unique Italian design by Corrado Giacomel of Genoa, championed by David Grisman. Rich tone and unique look. In a hardshell case. $12,500
Henderson F, 2002. Barely played, great sound. In a hard case. $15,000
Kay K390 Professional, c1960. "Powerful hi-fi magnetic pickup. In a soft case. $500
Kirk F5, 1991. The late Marion Kirk of Huntsville, AL, (d. 2010) made some powerful mandolins in the style of Gibson's F-5 (right down to the logo). In a lightweight hard case. $8,000
Martin A, 1970. Exceptionally fine condition, warmer tone with more sustain than a carved-top model. In a hardshell case. $800
Martin AK-45, 1983. Martin never offered their koa A-style with the pearl trim of a Style 45 guitar, so this beauty was custom-ordered by a Martin aficionado to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary. It's the fanciest mandolin ever made by Martin, and the hand-cut pearl headstock logo was a first for Martin. The label is signed by C.F. Martin III and IV. In its original hardshell case. $7,500
Monteleone F5, 1978. This is instrument No. 20 from John Monteleone, one of the premier makers of archtop guitars. Monteleone's earliest instruments were inspired by Gibson's F-5, and this one delivers all the tone and chop that mandolinists would expect from a classic F-5. In a rectangular Price case. $17,000
Monteleone Grand Artist. Serial number 44 shows Montelone's transition from Gibosn's influence to his own artistic elements, including the relaxed scroll, wider headstock, smaller pickguard and signature tailpiece. This Grand Artist retains the powerful sound of his earlier F5s. The tuners have been replaced and the original footprints have been drop-filled to make them almost indetectible. In a hardshell case. $23,500
Nugget A, late 1970s. This un-numbered A model was the first of Mike Kemnitzer's mandolin to have the Nugget name on the headstock (the headstock veneer has since been replaced). In a rectanglar hardshell case. $7,250
Old Wave "The One." Made by Bill Bussman (as a companion to "The Other One"). In a tweed-covered hardshell case. $3,000
Pava mandolins are made in the shop of Tom Ellis by Pava Knevezic.
Price Deluxe, 1997. Made by Gary Price of Jones, OK. Powerful cutting sound, beautifully figured maple back. A little misstep with the top finish. We're thinking of putting a black finish on the top - at no extra charge. In a rectangular hardshell case. $5250
Smart custom mandolin and mandola, 2012. Designed and originally owned by noted stained-glass maker Arthur Stern of Oakland, CA. Tonally and aesthetically unique. In Calton cases. NEW PRICES.... $8,000 individually or $15,000 for the set
Smart 10-string mandolin/mandola, 2009. Fan frets provide a scale length ranging from 14 1/4" to 15 3/4" for the full range or mandolin/mandola tonality. In its original case. $6,500
Triggs F, 2010. Satin finish, broken in by Wayne Benson. In a Travelite case. $3,950
Tucker F-5, 1994. Made by Melvin Tucker of Washington, GA. Played by Wayne Benson. One-piece back, replaced tuners. In a rectangular hardshell case. new price.... $9,500
Unicorn 76, 1976. One of 11 made by Rolfe Gerhardt of Austin, TX (15 were planned but Rolfe only got to 11 before the year was over). Great sound and a rare collectible piece. In a hardshell case. New price... $3,250
Voight A5, 2012. Made by Dan Voight of Nashville, serial number 11. $3,500
Webber F5 Corinne. Made by Ray Webber in the Dearstone mandolin shop. Beautiful curly maple and beautiful tone as well, as indicated by the playing wear on the back of the neck. In a rectangular hardshell case. $4,500
Wendler electric. Eight strings, unique sculpted body for comfortable playing and light weight; Kent Armstrong magnetic pickup and piezo pickup. In a lightweight hard case. $1,200
Weymann Mandolute, 1920s. A beautiful instrument with a demure sound; nice curly maple back and sides. In its original hardshell case. $1,250
Wiens F5, 2003. Made by Jamie Wiens in Cranbrook, BC, for journalist Steve Stone. Check out Stone's article in Jan. 2004 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine. Also listen to Jeff Rose playing "Red Wing" on this mandolin. Nice one-piece back, speed neck. In a fiberglass Eastman case. NEW PRICE... $8,950
Craig Wilson of Bakersfield, CA, (host of the Supergrass/Loarfest West in 2006-07) made a splash at 2013 IBMA with his new mandolins. Carter Vintage is happy to offer a pair of Wilson F-5s, both featuring oil varnish finish (12-15 micro-coats of True Oil gunstock oil) and Gotoh tuners.
Wood Florentine 2-point, sn 1102. Nice workmanship and great sound from Randy Wood of Bloomingdale, GA. In a rectangular hardshell case. $4,250
Zeidler Carrara, 1984. John Zeidler of Philadelphia was one of 21 luthiers asked to contribute to Scott Chinery's Blue Guitar collection in 1998. Sadly, he died four years later of leukemia at age 44. His mandolins were as unique as his guitars, and he made this one in 1984 for his friend John McGann, who took it to Winfield in 1995 and won the National Mandolin Championship. McGann later sold it to Tommy Comeaux, a founding member of the Cajun band Beausoleil. After Comeaux was killed by an epileptic motorist while riding his bicycle, his family sent it to Dave Hussong at Fretware Guitars in Franklin, OH. Larry Nager, a bluegrass mandolinist and music editor for the Cincinnati Enquirer was interviewing Hussong for a feature story, and during a break in the interview he picked up this mandolin. Later, while transcribing the interview, he discovered he had left his tape recorder on, and the sound of the Zeidler brought him back to Fretware to buy it. Nager later received a full-color Zeigler catalog and a pricelist, and they are included with this instrument. In its original hardshell case. $25,000