Special / Sale Price - 1978 Monteleone F-5 Fern
Rare F-5!!!More Details
Built by John Monteleone and patterned after a 1925-26 Gibson Fern. According to my client, Monteleone built 16 F-5 Ferns with Monteleone inlay in the headstock during this time period. This example is s/n 21, a well-played instrument with a significant amount of honest play wear and a phenomenal voice. John completed this exceptional mandolin exactly 38 years ago today, 07/15/1978.
Specs; Alpine Spruce top, European Maple back/sides/neck in a cremona sunburst, thin gloss lacquer finish, 3-ply bound body, 2-ply bindings on fretboard and headstock. Radiused Ebony fretboard with large fret wire and parallel tone bars. Gold hardware includes Monteleone/Allen style tailpiece and Schaller tuning gears and Abalone Fern headstock inlay.
This instrument features a richness and purity of tone that is nearly incomparable. It has the best of two worlds; built by one of the mandolin worlds master builders and has been played for thousands of hours in it's 38 years. It provides a dry, warm and woody tone. Versatile voice. Extremely powerful with a stellar chop. Likely sounds very close to the Fern it was patterned after. Outstanding playability.
Naturally distressed mandolin shows significant play wear, as seen in photos. Three top cracks professionally repaired years ago by Bob Jones of Brooklyn, N.Y., two adjacent to tailpiece and one adjacent to fretboard extension on the bass side. Back filled area on headstock repaired in later years after tuners were replaced. Frets show light to medium wear. Do not require work at this time.
Includes Canadian shaped hard shell case with some tasteful case stickers. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.