Special / Sale Price - 1990 Flatiron F-5 Master Model
Top of the Flatiron food chain and a rare bird as few of these were built and you seldom see one available for purchase. Those blessed enough to own one seldom turn them loose.
This X-braced gem features; Sitka Spruce top, highly flamed Maple back/sides/neck in an iced tea sunburst, gloss lacquer finish and triple bound top/back/side/fretboard/headstock.
Other goodies; Radiused Ebony fretboard features exquisite Abalone position inlays, gold hardware including engraved traditional style tailpiece and Schaller tuning gears with mother-of-pearl buttons and Abalone Fern headstock inlay.
MandoMutt has always loved Flatiron mandolins, particularly the X-braced models and of course she's always had a soft spot for Master Models as well. This Montana made mandolin is a fine example of the X-braced mandolins that Flatiron excelled at. Clear, crisp and extremely dry tones with excellent volume and a robust bluegrass chop. Delightful!
Excellent-plus condition considering she's a twenty-three year old. Has a few smallish lacquer dings and superficial scratches on the top. Back is very clean. Frets are somewhat worn, but do not need ant work at this time. String scratches on headstock. One finish crack that runs from corner of lower point to the treble f-hole. We've seen this before on Montana built Flatirons. Not visible when underside of top is viewed with mirror. Additionally, crack shows no depth where it ends at `f' hole
Includes a shaped hard shell case. Looks to be same vintage, but I don't think it's the original case. Trades considered on this fine American made instrument.