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Breedlove Black Gold, 2010. Flat black finish, armrest added, gold-plated hardware. In its original hardshell case. $1,250
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.
Brentrup 23V, c2001. Italian spruce top, varnish finish. In a rectangular hard case. $7,500
Collings MF5 Deluxe Varnish, 2004. Collings' fanciest model, with engraved tailpiece, elaborate headstock inlay and varnish finish; set up to play, with a speed neck. In a hardshell case, $9,500
Collings MT2. NAMM show sample from Collings' first batch of mandolins. Lacquer finish; bought new by Chris Stapleton (formerly of the Steeldrivers); autographed on top by Ricky Skaggs; finish chipped on neck near nut. In a hardshell case. Collings' very first MT2 with varnish finish, made for the 2005 NAMM show (not yet labeled with a "V" for varnish), beautifully figured 2-piece back. $2750
Cushman F5. Made by Matt Cushman of Great Falls, MT. A great value in a handmade F-style mandolin. In a violin-style rectangular case. $2,450
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
Daley Vintage F, 2011. Sim Daley of Nashville snagged a piece of spruce from a 300-year-old building in New York City for the top of this F-style mandolin. In a hardshell case. $8,500
Daley Classic F, 2007. Nice 1-piece back, radiused fingerboard, 1.1" nut width, light lacquer finish. In a yellow/blue Calton case. $6,250
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. $24,750
Ellis A5 Deluxe, new. Our first new mandolin from Austin maker Tom Ellis is a beaut, with Waverly tuners, James tailpiece, bound pickguard and 3-ply headstock binding. In a hardshell case. $5,200
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. $3,000
Gibson Alright Style D, 1917. This was the forerunner of the Army/Navy model, which later inspired the Flatiron line. The finish has been removed from the top. The back, rims and neck have been refinished. A headstock veneer from a Gibson A-4 has been added. In a hardshell case. $1,250
Gibson F-4, 1918, arguably
the most beautiful of all Gibson mandolin models, with
shaded red mahogany finish, double-flowerpot peghead inlay
and intricately inlaid buttons on the Handel tuners. This
instrument has the ancient woody tone that once inspired
thousands of men and women to join mandolin orchestras.
The bridge has been replaced with a height-adjustable
unit. With its original hardshell case. $6,500
Gibson F-4, 1922, made during the tenure legendary instrument designer Lloyd Loar. Features two important early-1920s improvements: the height-adjustable bridge and the adjustable truss rod in the neck. The rod gives the Loar-period F-4s more sustain and a more modern tone that is distinctly different from the pre-rod models. With its original hardshell case. $8500 Video of Sterling Abernathy duetting on this F-4 with Tyler Andal and an earlier non-truss rod F-4.
Gibson F-4, 1926. Original case. $6,750 (pics coming)
Gibson F-5, signed by Lloyd Loar on June 12, 1923. This Loar (sn 73641) went through a tough spell, leaving it with a big crack in the back, a crack in the rim, and some missing pieces in the back. Patches were spliced in (and are pretty obvious from the non-matching wood grain). And then it was sent to Gibson for a complete refinish. What didn't kill it made it stronger. $89,000
Video... Adam Steffey takes on Frank Solivan (playing our Apr. 12, 1923 Loar) in a battle of the Loars.
Gibson F-5 mandolin case, Loar period, green lining. new price... $9,800
Gibson F-5, signed by Lloyd Loar on Feb. 18, 1924. This is sn 75702. A little wear on the back, as one would expect from a mandolin that sounds so good. In its original case. NEW PRICE... $159,900
Gibson F-5, 1986. Formerly owned by Charlie Collins, longtime guitarist with Roy Acuff. One of the earliest mandolins made by Jim Triggs at Gibson; given to Collins when he played for a Gibson company event. $15,000
Gibson F-5 fern, 1927. Mr. Loar left Gibson in 1924 but he didn't take the sound of his mandolins with him. This fern has all the power and punch of a Loar F-5 at half the price. Finish checking on back, refretted by Hugh Hansen, small crack in headstock veneer touched up (crack does not go through), original rectangular HC. $82,500
Videos... Tyler Andal solo and Tyler Andal playing the fern alone, and Tyler Andal joined by Sterling Abernathy on the "Mildred" F-5.
Gibson F-5 "Mildred," 1927. Mildred Byram, shown below in the 1930 Gibson catalog, was the original owner of this beautiful 1927 fern F-5. No issues, just great sound. The family says it came in a form-fit case (rather than rectangular) and that original case is still with it. $87,500
Videos... featuring Adam Steffey, and Battle of the ferns with Sterling Abernathy on "Mildred" and Tyler Andal on our other 1927 F-5.
Gibson F-5, 1929-34. The factory order number, 9411, indicates 1929, but the serial number is from 1934. To really confuse matters, the headstock inlay is the shortened fern that has been seen only on Peewee Lambert's F-5 - except that Peewee's says "The Gibson" and this one only says "Gibson." Regardless of the year, it sounds like a full-fledged fern. In a hardshell case. $65,000
Gibson F-5, 1934. Made in the '30s but still with the fern - and the sound of a fern. In a hardshell case. $65,000
Gibson F-5 Bill Monroe, signed by Monroe Jan. 17, 1994. Exceptionally fine condition. In its original rectangular case. $9,500
Gibson F-5V Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model, 2008. Signed by Ricky. In its original case with embroidered case cover. $17,500
Gibson F-7, mid 1930s. This is the model Bill Monroe played with the Monroe Brothers. The label may have come out of another mandolin (the serial number on the label would put it in 1923). The F-7 is essentially an f-hole version of the oval-hole F-4, with a shorter neck clearance than the F-5 and the classic woody sound of the F-4. There's a hairline crack next to the fingerboard and evidence of a once-installed strap button in the neck heel. In a hardshell case. $9,500
Gibson Florentine (EM-200), 1963. Solid mahogany body with a carved top and a P-90-style single-coil pickup - think Les Paul in a mandolin package. In its original hardshell case. $2,500
Gibson H-5 mandola, 1924. This Loar mandola, 76493, makes an F-5 sound a little small. Signed by Lloyd Loar on Mar. 31, 1924. With a Virzi Tone Producer. In its original hardshell case. $105,000
Video of Sterling Abernathy playing this one.
Gilchrist Model 5, 2008. Tone bars, radiused fingerboard. In its original mint green Calton case. No need to wait on a new one. $22,000
Gilchrist Model 5 Artist, 1998. Beautiful blond finish, with enhanced binding, original Gotoh tuners; refretted by Gilchrist earlier this year. In a rectangular hardshell case. $21,250
Heiden F, 2002. This is number 54 from Michael Heiden of Creston, BC, and the sound is exceptional. In a Calton case. $13,900
Henderson F, 2002. Barely played, great sound. In a hard case. $15,000
Kimble F, 2012. A great, well-balanced F from Will Kimble of Cincinnati, with a dark line of binding on the side as well as the top, plus a killer back. In a white/teal Calton case. $9,250
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
Pava mandolins are made in the shop of Tom Ellis by Pava Knevezic. We were so impressed with the quality and value of these mandolins that we bought all the mandolins that Pava brought to the summer NAMM show in Nashville.
Poe F-4. 2007. A beautiful copy of Gibson's classic F-4 oval hole design by Andrew Poe of Columbia, MO. In a hardshell case. $3750
Price Deluxe, 1997. Made by Gary Price of Jones, OK. Powerful cutting sound, beautifully figured maple back. Gary would like the world to know that he is not the one who botched the finish (or refinish, to be accurate) on the top. We're thinking of putting a black finish on the top--at no extra charge. In a rectangular hardshell case. $5250
Rigel G-110, 1998. Nice acoustic sound and wonderful plugged-in tone. In a hardshell case. $2750
Smart A model, 2013. A.L. Smart created the Element Quartet in 2013, featuring this warm sunburst finish. Features include Engelmann top, one-piece back, three-piece neck and James tailpiece. In an English-made Calton case. $4,500
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. Offered as a set. $16,000
Triggs F, 2006. A nice example from renowned archtop guitar and mandolin maker Jim Triggs of Lawrence, KS. In a hardshell case. $6,500
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. $10,000
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. $4250
Voight A, 2012. No. 11 from Dan Voight of Nashville. $3500
Weber Bitterroot F, 1999. One of the earliest Webers, made in Bozeman, MT. Full sound, "speed" neck (finish removed), Daniel Smith ebony bridge, cast Weber tailpiece. In a rectangular hardshell case. $2,500
Weber Elite Blackface, 2012. A beautiful mandolin with Engelmann spruce top, one-piece back of highly figured Bastogne walnut (finished with unfilled pores), and beveled pickguard. In its original hardshell case. $5,500
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
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. $9,650