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2010 Skip Kelley F-5
2010 Skip Kelley F-5

Tone Monster!!!

2010 Skip Kelley F-5More Details
Another incredible offering from MandoMutt's favorite builder, Skip Kelly. We sold this one new back in late 2010 to a local fellow that's bought four or five Kelley mandolins over the years.

Specs: Adirondack Spruce top in an antique brown, oil varnished finish, Big Leaf Maple back/sides/neck in a medium reddish sunburst, oil varnish, three-ply (w/b/w) bindings on top, back and headstock. Single ivoroid bound, flat Ebony fretboard, Ebony Cumberland Acoustics bridge, engraved James tailpiece and Gotoh tuners with pearl knobs. Headstock features a modified Fern inlay, designed by Skip.

Delightful sound features a bold, rich tone. Very precise sounding. Reminiscent of recent David Harvey signed Master Models. Quite powerful as well with a robust bluegrass chop.

Outstanding fit and finish on this, Skip's 32nd mandolin. Near mint condition overall. Has a couple small impressions near bass side of the bridge, otherwise mint.

Includes Bobelock semi-hard case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $4,499.95

2011 Grady F-5 Mandolin
2011 Grady F-5 Mandolin

Cool Mandolin!

2011 Grady F-5 MandolinMore Details
This is an outstanding mandolin from an underrated builder, Grady Jones, out of Michigan. This offering, s/n 65, has it all. Very attractive aesthetically, well built and amazing sound.

Just returned from a shop vacation. Has new Ben Wilcox bridge, bone nut and pro set up.

Specs; Sitka Spruce top, highly figured Maple one piece back, Maple sides and neck in a Wine colored gloss lacquer finish. 3-ply (white/tortoise/white) bindings on top. back and headstock, 2-ply bound fretboard, bound f-holes and radiused Ebony fretboard.

Gold hardware including engraved James tailpiece, Gotoh tuning gears w/ Ebony buttons. Exquisite Abalone fern and flowerpot headstock inlay.

This is a sensational sounding instrument featuring a distinct sound. Dry, bold and rich sounding with a big bluegrass chop. Excellent volume, good balance and sustains all day.

Excellent condition overall, but does have a few cosmetic issues. Top shows some scuffs and scratches on the fretboard side of the bridge and also has some funky finish stuff, which may be the result of some type of tape. Previous owner may have switched out the bridge and was a bit careless. Otherwise, not much to report. Has a few tiny dings on the top and a couple string scratches on the headstock.

Includes black Superior case with a few case stickers. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $2,749.95

Rickenbacker 5002V58 Mandolin
Rickenbacker 5002V58 Mandolin


Rickenbacker 5002V58 MandolinMore Details
Just acquired in a trade. We're told that it's a late 90's model.

Specs; Solid body, Maple top and neck in a MapleGlo lacquer finish and Walnut back. Rosewood(?) fingerboard, Vintage Single Coil Toaster Top pickup, Deluxe Vintage machine heads, 13-7/8" scale length and bridge combo tailpiece.

Excellent-plus condition. Has a few tiny pings on top and one small area of finish checking on side. Also has a healthy crack in pickguard.

Includes original Rickenbacker case. Trades gladly considered.

Price: $1,399.95

2014 Gibson F-9
Special / Sale Price - 2014 Gibson F-9


2014 Gibson F-9More Details
I think this is our first post flood F-9, in fact, it's been quite awhile since we've had a sunburst F-9. I know we haven't had one of the new ones with the Ivoroid bound top. Very impressive.

Specs; Sitka Spruce top, flamed Maple back/sides/neck in a dark sunburst satin lacquer finish, ivoroid bound top, flat Rosewood fretboard, adjustable Rosewood bridge, Grover tuning machines, traditional engraved tailpiece and tone bar bracing.

Beasty sound. Easily the best F-9 we've had over the years. Has that dry, woody traditional Gibson tone with excellent balance, good volume and stout bluegrass chop.

New condition without flaw or blemish. Nice set up too.

Includes original shaped hard shell case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $2,849.95
Price: $2,749.95

2004 BRW Heirloom
Special / Sale Price - 2004 BRW Heirloom

Distressed Gem!

2004 BRW HeirloomMore Details
Ben Wilcox mashed a home run when he crafted this extraordinary instrument. Looks like a 100 yr. old mandolin, complete with finish checking, finish worn, scuffs and scratches in all the right places. Masterpiece!

Specs; Solid Spruce top, quilted Maple back/sides/neck, dark burst finish, 3-ply bindings throughout, radiused Ebony fretboard, tone bar bracing, elegant mother-of-pearl peg head inlay, engraved James tailpiece and Ebony Ben Wilcox adjustable bridge.

Original tuning gears have been replaced with Golden Age tuners. Looks to have had a pick up at one time, but all that remains is the end pin jack.

Outstanding traditional sounding mandolin featuring a dry, woody tone and good volume. Strong bluegrass chop.

Not much to report on cosmetic condition. Appears to be as Ben built it. Distressed. Does have some fret wear, but still a long way from needing work.

Includes Canadian (TKL style) hard shell case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $3,499.95
Price: $2,999.95

2015 Skip Kelley F-5
2015 Skip Kelley F-5


2015 Skip Kelley F-5More Details
First new Kelley F-5 we've had in a year. Skip's mandolins are always strong and are among the best bluegrass mandolins available. This fine example is definitely one his best looking and is truly a banjo slayer. We rarely have one of Skip's F-5's for longer than a month, so act quickly!

Specs; 20+ year old Adirondack Spruce top, Big Leaf Maple back/sides/neck in an antigue sunburst, hand rubbed stain and varnish finish, tortoise bindings throughout, flat Ebony fretboard with radius and mother-of-pearl dot inlays. Also features tone bar bracing, hide glue assembly, engraved James tailpiece and Golden Age tuning gears.

Big, wide open, dynamic sound. Quite powerful, but all Skip Kelley mandolins are. Still somewhat tight, but sounds incredible right out of the box. Rich, woody tone. Beasty chop. Destined for supreme beasthood. Will excel on stage, in studio or at your local festival's campground jam.

This is a brand new instrument. Does have one minor blemish. Skip had a screwdriver mishap on the top side of the neck near headstock and nut, while installing tuner screws. He touched it up, but still shows somewhat.

This fine, 100% handcrafted instrument is offered with builders Limited Warranty and rectangular TKL with blue interior.

Trades are gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $5,999.95

2008 Bluett F-5
2008 Bluett F-5

Strong Mandolin!!!

2008 Bluett F-5More Details
Another first for MandoMutt. We've heard a lot about Bluett mandolins over the years, but this fine example is our very first Bluett. It is simply superb.

Built by Mark Bluett of Bluett Brothers Violins in York Pa. Label signed in 2008. Marks F-style pricing starts at $6K.

Specs; German Spruce top, Curly Maple back/sides/neck in an antique burst, varnished (we think) finish with 3-ply bound body, single ply binding on fretboard and headstock. Radiused Ebony fretboard with mother-of-pearl diamond inlays, tone bar bracing, nickel hardware includes Allen style tailpiece and Elite tuning machines and modified fern headstock inlay.

Beasty sound features a dry, woody tone with significant pop. Very powerful and responsive. Exellent tonal balance throughout. Killer bluegrass chop that is felt all the way to the nerve endings in your toes. A banjo slayer.

Excellent-plus condition overall. Top shows a few light marks and frets are very lightly worn, otherwise extremely clean.

Offered with shaped hard shell case with vintage green interior. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $3,999.95

2015 Collings MT Honey Tortoise GT
2015 Collings MT Honey Tortoise GT

Honey Sweet!!!

2015 Collings MT Honey Tortoise GTMore Details
Just acquired in a trade with another dealer. Extra special MT that features the Honey finish with Tortoise bindings, typical flawless construction and exquisite sound.

Specs; Engelmann Spruce gloss top, flamed Maple back/sides/neck in a Honey satin finish, Tortoise bound body. Radiused Ebony fretboard, 1-1/8" nut width and parallel tone bars. Nickel hardware includes cast tailpiece and tuners with black knobs.

A delightful sounding mandolin with a sweet, dry and woody tone. Collings mandolins offer a more modern sound to my ear, but the MT leans a little more towards tradition, perhaps due in part to the Engelmann top. Also loud and responsive with a chunky chop.

New condition without flaw or blemish. Includes original Collings hard shell case with green interior.

Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $1,999.95