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2005 Eastman MD-915 Blonde F-5 **SOLD**
2005 Eastman MD-915 Blonde F-5 **SOLD**

Nice Early Eastman!!!

2005 Eastman MD-915 Blonde F-5 **SOLD**More Details
Special top-of-the-line very early Eastman F-5, s/n 0017, that features some wicked flamed Maple, super sweet appointments and a delightful voice.

Specs: AAA Red Spruce top, highly flamed Maple back/sides/neck in a blonde gloss lacquer finish with curly Maple bindings throughout. Flat Ebony fretboard with Abalone position dot's and scooped extention. Gold hardware includes cast tailpiece and reverse Schaller tuners.

Eastman mandolins are certainly well built and sound super, relative to their pricepoint. This 915 features a sweet and woody tone with "pop", combined with plenty of volume that will make this one stand out in a jam. Good bluegrass chop as well.

Overall, this little gem is in excellent condition, showing light playwear. Top has a small area of button rash near top edge where the arm rests and a tiny ding or two. Frets show minor wear.

Great choice if you're moving up from a beginner or as a back up instrument. Includes fiberglass Eastman case.

Price: $1,499.95

2010 Skip Kelley F-5 **SOLD**
2010 Skip Kelley F-5 **SOLD**

Tone Monster!!!

2010 Skip Kelley F-5 **SOLD**More 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

1995 Dearstone F-5M
1995 Dearstone F-5M


1995 Dearstone F-5MMore Details
Ray Dearstone has been handcrafting mandolins in the high country of Northeastern Tennessee for around 30 years and builds some of the finest instruments available. Dearstone mandolins are played by some well respected pickers as well, including Shawn Lane of Blue Highway and the late Dempsey Young.

Specs; Redwood top and Curly Maple back/sides/neck in a vintage wine hand rubbed lacquer finish. 3-ply (w/b/w) bindings on top/back/headstock, single Ivoroid bound fretboard. Radiused Ebony fretboard, Allen tailpiece (replacement), Abalone flower pot headstock inlay and Schaller (reverse) tuning machines. Gold hardware.

Frets replaced with radius and full size Ebony pickguard added somewhat recently. Aftermarket Ebony arm rest added at some point and included in sale.

Excellent-minus to excellent condition with play wear conducive to a 20 year old mandolin. Has a some scratches here and there and a few pings and dings. One impression ding on lower bout that is around 1/4" x 1/8" and a fairly significant area of pinky/pick wear wear beneath the pickguard. Some fretwear, but a long way from requiring any work.

Monster sound. I'd say this mandolin sounds similar to Shawn Lane's. Deep, dry and woody tone with a massive voice. Really powerful and responsive. Has sound you can feel, all the way down your body and through your feet. Seriously, I don't think you'll find a better mandolin in it's price range.

Includes a Travelite style case. Trades gladly considered on this fine USA built mandolin.

Price: $3,999.95

Rickenbacker 5002V58 Mandolin
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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
Price: $1,249.95

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
Special / Sale Price - 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
Price: $5,499.95

2008 Bluett F-5
Special / Sale Price - 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.

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
Price: $3,479.95

2012 Kelley A-5
2012 Kelley A-5

The Enforcer!!!

2012 Kelley A-5More Details
We sold this mandolin, s/n 38, new a couple of years back. Just got it back in trade. All Kelley mandolins are strong and powerful, but this one strikes us as being at the top of the heap. A true banjo slayer.

Specs; Carpathian Spruce top, Big Leaf Maple back/sides/neck an antique sunburst, hand rubbed varnish finish. Triple bound (b/w/b) body, fretboard and headstock, radiused Ebony fretboard, engraved James tailpiece, Elite tuning gears and topped off with a modified "vine" Abalone inlay.

As mentioned, this mandolin is very responsive with a warm, dry, somewhat dark tone with an exceptional mid-range and clear, cutting highs. Big, bossy bluegrass chop. Lightweight, but powerful. Excellent choice for bluegrass music. Will excel on stage, in studio or parking lot picking.

Near mint condition. Previous owner installed an arm rest which has been removed, but finish shows a slight footprint from the arm rest cork. This always happens with arm rests. Can someone please explain to me the purpose of arm rests? They're supposed to protect the finish, correct?

Includes a Golden Gate hard shell case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $2,349.95

2015 Collings MT Honey Tortoise GT **SOLD**
2015 Collings MT Honey Tortoise GT **SOLD**

Honey Sweet!!!

2015 Collings MT Honey Tortoise GT **SOLD**More 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

2015 Weber Yellowstone F-5
2015 Weber Yellowstone F-5

Red Spruce Top!!!

2015 Weber Yellowstone F-5More Details
Strong Weber mandolin from the hippies. Really nice instrument that features exceptional looks combined with superb sound and playability. Oh, and this brand new gem is offered hundreds below market value.

Specs; Adirondack Spruce top, flamed Maple back/sides/neck in the translucent Walnut gloss lacquer finish with 3-ply bindings throughout, radiused Ebony fretboard with Mother-of-Pearl "Bud" inlays, tone bar bracing, nickel Grover tuning machines, and Mother-of-Pearl flower pot headstock inlay.

New condition without flaw or blemish. Acquired in trade with another dealer. Offered as pre-owned.

Outstanding sound, right out of the box. Perhaps a little tight, but articulate and super sweet with ample sustain and complex overtones. Seems to have a little more depth and overall note definition than a lot of the Weber's we've had in the past. Strong chop. Versatile mandolin with a fantastic set up.

Includes deluxe Weber hard shell case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument. Save nearly $2K off new dealer price!

Price: $3,749.95