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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.
Collings MT2 Varnish, 2005. 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. $3750 Video of Sterling Abernathy on the MT2var
Elkhorn F, new. Nice workmanship and nice sound from Robb Brophy of Durango, CO. Radiused fingerboard, one-piece back. $5,750
Elkhorn Koa F, new. Made by Robb Brophy of Durango, CO. Clean, clear sound of koa wood, unique in the mandolin world. Radiused fingerboard, one-piece back. $5,750
Ellis F5 owned by Ricky Skaggs, 1985. This is one of two mandolins made in the 1980s by Tom Ellis for Ricky Skaggs. Ricky used it extensively from 1985, the year he was named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association, through 1998. The two-piece maple back sports a dramatic quilted pattern. The original pickguard (along with a replacement) are long gone. The Superior hardshell case has been painted to resemble distressed leather. Documented with a copy of Frets magazine with Ricky and this mandolin on the cover, an article in Frets showing Ellis working on this mandolin in his shop, and letters from Ricky, Ellis and mandolin dealer Dexter Johnson. ON HOLD
Tyler Andal takes this Ellis head-to-head against Sterling Abernathy with our Gibson F-5V in this video.
Ellis F5 Special, c2011. "Flern" headstock inlay (Tom Ellis's combination flowerpot and fern), box binding on body points, bound pickguard and gorgeous one-piece back. $9750
Fairbanks (by Vega) Style S mandolin-banjo, 1917. Four strings make a lot more sense on a mandolin-banjo than eight, as this little banjo proves. It features a 10.5" rim, 28 brackets and 13" scale. Formerly owned by Butch Baldasari. In its original hardshell case. $850
Fender electric mandolin, aka Mandocaster, 1971. Neck stamped NOV66, pots from 16th week of 1971; sunburst finish, rosewood fingerboard. Original hard case. $2350
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
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-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 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
Video of Tyler Andal playing the fern alone, and another video with Tyler 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
Video... Battle of the Ferns with Sterling Abernathy on "Mildred" and Tyler Andal on our other 1927 F-5.
Gibson F-5V Fern. SOLD but check out the video
Gibson H-5 mandola, 1924. This Loar mandola makes an F-5 sound a little small. Signed by Lloyd Loar on Mar. 31, 1924. Original hardshell case. $105,000
Video of Sterling Abernathy playing the Loar H-5.
Gilchrist 5 flowerpot. X-braced top, two-piece back from the fabled D-log, Calton case. $19,500
Would it be cool to A-B the flowerpot and the classical? Tyler Andal and Sterling Abernathy thought so. Check out the video.
Gilchrist 5C, 1994, the first of a five-instrument group that Gilchrist made for the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble. They all feature his elegant, understated "Classic" styling, with Engelmann spruce top, X-bracing, black outer binding layer, no fingerboard inlays and blond finish. This mandolin was originally owned by the late Charlie Derrington. Charlie played mandola primarily in the NME, and this mandolin soon went on to a new home. This instrument has an exceptionally fine sound. It comes with its original teal/champagne Calton case. $20,500
Video of Sterling Abernathy putting the 5C through its classical paces, plus a video of Tyler Andal playing the 5C with Sterling on the Gil flowerpot.
Henderson A, 2001. Serial number 75, label signed by Wayne Henderson Aug. 28, 2001. Snakehead headstock shape, scooped fingerboard, hard case. $10,500
Hooper F5, new. Made by Ken Hooper of Elkin, NC, James tailpiece, Waverly tuners; Hooper's personal mandolin. In a Travelite case. $4,500
J. Bovier H5 mandola, 2013. A sweet deal on an F-style mandola, made in Korea. Original Ameritage case. $2,000
Kimble F5, sn 164. Made by Will Kimble of Cincinnati. Used on the CD Inspired by Mark Daly and pictured on the back cover. Also used on upcoming CD Criminal Ear by Voodoo Loons. In an Ameritage hardshell case. SOLD
Monteleone F5, 1978. Archtop guitar maker John Monteleone is renowned for his imaginative designs, but he started out making mandolins modeled on Gibson's F-5. This is #20, and it speaks with the tone and power of the classic Gibson model. In a Calton case. $17,000
Monteleone Grand Artist 10-string. SOLD, but enjoy the video of Tyler Andal working out on the Monteleone.
Nashville Guitar Co. nylon string mandolin, 2001. Made by Marty Lanham for Butch Baldassari. Unique sound with nylon strings, Madagascar rosewood back and sides, and cedar top. Also features a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, 16" scale, Schaller tuners, and mahogany neck with graphite reinforcement. In its original hardshell case. $2500
National Triolian mandolin, 1934. Metal body with faux-floral paint finish, neck has been reset for great action and intonation. Super-loud. No case. $2000
National resonator mandolin, 2006. Owned by Butch Baldassari. Loud. Banjo-killing loud. Walnut back and sides. In its original hardshell case. $1750
Nugget F, 2004. An elegant creation by Mike Kemnitzer of Central Lake, MI. Delicate fern headstock inlay, tortoise binding and gold-plated hardware, all brought together by a warm natural satin finish. Black/green Calton case. $20,000
Strong sound, as you can hear in the video by Tyler Andal.
circa 1938. The body is by Harmony, but the pickup
is the prewar Rick horseshoe - still one of the
strongest pickups ever made. This mandolin begs
for an amp with overdrive. In a period case.
A.L. Smart A Custom, 2003. SOLD Video of Tyler Andal and Sterling Abernathy playing very cool things on the Smart.
Sobell octave mandolin, 2001. Rich sound from Indian rosewood back and sides and 20" scale. This instrument was made for the late Butch Baldassari and was played by Butch on Appalachian Mandolin and Dulcimer with David Schnaufer. In its original case. SOLD
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. $5500