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Anderson A, 2002. Gerald Anderson made this mandolin in Wayne Henderson's shop in Mouth of Wilson, VA. It features an Adirondack spruce top and radiused fingerboard. The original bridge top has been replaced with a tall unit from Cumberland Acoustics. In a rectangular hardshell case. $2,500
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.
BRW FT-MS, 2010. Made by Benjamin R. Wilcox in Delaware, OH. Varnish finish. In a Travelite case with built-in hygrometer. $5500
Clark F, 2003. Made by Austin Clark in Boise, ID. Oil varnish finish with tight crazing. Austin wrote about this one on his Facebook page when it came into his shop for setup in 2011: "If it ever comes up for sale again, snap it up! This one's a killer." In a rectangular hard case. $5750
Collings MF5 Deluxe V, 2005. The varnish finish sets off the beautifully figured two-piece maple back. In its original hardshell case. $10,000
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
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
Elkhorn F, new. Nice workmanship and nice sound from Robb Brophy of Durango, CO. Radiused fingerboard, one-piece back. $5,750
Adam Steffey A-B'd this Elkhorn with our koa/cedar model on "Forked Deer." Frank Solivan played this mandolin in an Elkhorn shootout with Steffey.
Elkhorn Koa F, new. Made by Robb Brophy of Durango, CO. Clean, clear sound of koa body and cedar top, unique in the mandolin world. Radiused fingerboard, one-piece back. $5,750
Videos... Adam Steffey A-B'd this mandolin with our maple Elkhorn on "Forked Deer" (he ended up getting his own koa/cedar model, and he also had an Elkhorn shootout with Frank Solivan of Dirty Kitchen on
Ellis A5, 2011. A beautiful A model from Tom Ellis, with elegant Deco headstock inlay and gold Waverlys. In a hardshell case. $4,750
Flatiron F5 Artist, 1992. Label signed by Bruce Weber. Pickguard replaced by Flatiron. In a hardshell case. $4250
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
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, signed by Lloyd Loar on April 12, 1923. This beautiful Loar (sn 72857) was originally owned by Wallace Zeibarth, shown in the upper left of the photo below of the Albert Bellson quartet. He's in the upper left of the photo. (Bellson, as a teenager, was Gibson's youngest teacher-agent, and his brother Julius went on to become Gibson's historian.) It has its original Virzi, which gives it a beautiful, well-balanced tone. The fingerboard is unusually double-bound, with a black celluloid line (which on other examples is typically a layer of dyed pear wood), a thin line of ivoroid, and then a full-depth strip of ivoroid. The finish is worn off the back of the headstock. There is finish touchup on the back of the headstock. And it appears to have been refretted. It comes in its original Geib case. $175,000
Video... Frank Solivan of the band Dirty Kitchen puts this mandolin up against Adam Steffey and our June 13, 1923 Loar.
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, 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. $167,000
Gibson F-5 signed by Lloyd Loar on Feb. 18, 1924. It has been refretted, and there is some some finish touchup on the headstock. This is sn 75310. In a Calton case. $150,000
Gibson F-5, 1957. Originally with natural finish and formerly owned by Clarence White. According to an appraisal from Mandolin Bros. and Stan Jay's personal recollection, it was originally sunburst, then stripped by Clarence. When it came into Stan's store in the 1980s it was refinished by John Monteleone, who also replaced the fingerboard and the headstock veneer. It was then bought by Paul Duff, who used it as his personal instrument before he started making his own. The black-and-white pic of the Kentucky Colonels shows Roland White playing it in its original sunburst form (with block inlays). The album cover shows it after the finish was stripped. In a hardshell case. $6,000
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
Videos... Tyler Andal solo and f 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 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.
Henderson F, 1979. Serial number 35, label signed by Wayne Henderson June 9, 1979. This mandolin was formerly owned by Alan Bibey. The fingerboard is scooped and the neck finish has been removed. It was refretted by Nashville mandolin maker Dan Voight. $14,500
Hooper F5, new. Made by Ken Hooper of Elkin, NC; James tailpiece, Waverly tuners; Hooper's personal mandolin. In a Travelite case. $4,500
Kimble F, 2012. A great, well-balanced F from Will Kimble of Cincinnati, with side binding and a killer back. In a white/teal Calton case. $9,250
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.
Nugget F. Mike Kemnitzer of Central Lake, MI. SOLD, but check out the video of Frank Solivan playing a cool version of "Ain't No Sunshine"
Price Deluxe, 1997. Made by Gary Price of Jones, OK. Powerful cutting sound, beautifully figured maple back. A little misstep on the front finish. In a rectangular hardshell case. $5250
Rigel G-110, 1998. Nice acoustic sound and wonderful plugged-in tone. In a hardshell case. $2750
Weber Black Ice, 2011. A striking creation in black-and-white from Bruce Weber. Made in Bozeman, MT. In its original hardshell case. $4000
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
Weymann Mandolute, 1920s. A beautiful instrument with a demure sound; nice curly maple back and sides. In its original hardshell case. $1250
Wiens F5, 2010. Made by Jamie Wiens of Cranbrook, BC, Canada. Manly neck with 1.22" nut width. Great sound and appearance, with Virzi, Waverlys, engraved James tailpiece, hide glue, radiused fingerboard and varnish finish. In a hardshell case. $12,500