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1987 Gibson F-5L **SOLD***
1987 Gibson F-5L **SOLD***

Sweet Instrument!

1987 Gibson F-5L **SOLD***More Details
This mandolin, I'm told, was the 7th built after Gibson purchased the Flatiron company, s/n 7007088 and label signed by Steve Carlson on August 18, 1987.

Sitka Spruce top, curly maple back/sides/neck in a light, ice tea sunburst gloss lacquer finish with 3-ply bindings throughout. Flat Ebony fretboard w/ scooped extension with faux frets and Mother-of-Pearl position dots. Gold hardware includes Schaller tuners w/ pearl knobs and engraved traditional tailpiece. Parallel tone bars and Abalone "Fern" headstock inlay round out the appointments.

Excellent tone; warm, woody and dry. Very good volume and big, beasty bluegrass chop. A well played, traditional sounding mandolin.

Excellent-plus condition overall. Does have maybe eight to ten small lacquer dings in the top, and perhaps a light scratch or three. Has a strap pin hole (yes, someone actually installed a strap pin on a scroll mandolin!) that has been filled. Currently has all original equipment with lone exception being frets which have been replaced with larger frets.

Includes original oblong case in decent, fully functional condition. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made Instrument.

Price: $4,999.95

2017 Skip Kelley F-5 Vintage
2017 Skip Kelley F-5 Vintage

Loar Voiced!

2017 Skip Kelley F-5 VintageMore Details
Exceptionally strong Kelley F-5, s/n 60, that features: one piece Maple back, gold Evo fret wire, light distressing and built to specs from April 25, 1923 Lloyd Loar F-5.

Specs; Adirondack Spruce top, Big Leaf Maple back and sides, Hard Maple neck in an antique sunburst, hand rubbed stain and satin oil varnish finish, 3-ply side bound body, single ply Rippled Ivoroid bound fretboard and headstock. Flat Ebony fretboard with mother-of-pearl dot inlays and gold EVO fretwire. Also features Red Spruce tone bar bracing, hide glue assembly, "speed" neck and black Mother-of-Pearl headstock inlay. Gold hardware includes engraved James tailpiece and Gotoh tuning gears with aged buttons.

Big, wide open, vintage sound, Dry, woody tone. Extremely powerful mandolin. Monster chop. Tremendous sound, a Hoss.

Pre-owned, distressed model. Offered with rectangular TKL case.

Trades are gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $3,749.95

2002 Dearstone F-5M Master Model
Special / Sale Price - 2002 Dearstone F-5M Master Model

Red HOT!!!

2002 Dearstone F-5M Master ModelMore Details
Ray Dearstone has been handcrafting mandolins in the high country of Northeastern Tennessee for over 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 figured 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. Flat Ebony fretboard with EVO frets (recent replacements), Allen tailpiece, Flower Pot headstock inlay and Schaller tuning machines. Gold hardware.

Powerful mandolin featuring big mid-range "pop". Killer D-string. Dry, articulate sound with excellent note definition. Big volume and beasty bluegrass chop. Recent set up and EVO fret replacement by Ward Elliott.

Excellent condition with play wear conducive to a 15 year old mandolin. Has a some light scratches and tiny dings on the top in several locations, but mainly on the scroll. Peghead shows a few string marks and such. Finish is dulled in an area approximately the size of a nickel where the arm rests. May be an arm rest footprint.

Includes an older Superior Loar style case. Trades gladly considered on this fine USA built mandolin.

Price: $3,999.95
Price: $3,749.95

2016 Chris Stanley V-5 **SOLD**
2016 Chris Stanley V-5 **SOLD**


2016 Chris Stanley V-5 **SOLD**More Details
It's probably been four or five years since mutt has had a Stanley mandolin and we'd forgotten what gems Chris builds. His mandolins are just straight up fabulous traditional, Loar style instruments. This recent example, s/n 76 features top shelf woods, excellent appointments and exceptional sound.

Specs: Adirondack Spruce top, highly figured one piece Maple back, Maple sides and neck in an iced tea burst varnished finish, 3-ply bindings throughout, flat Ebony fretboard, parallel tone bar bracing and an exquisite Abalone headstock inlay. Gold hardware includes an engraved James tailpiece and Grover 309 tuning machines.

Classic F-5 sound, warm and woody with exceptional mid-range "pop". Resonant and nicely balanced with a percussive chop and excellent volume. Poor man's Master Model.

Shows a couple light string scratches on the headstock and some minor clip-on tuner marks. Otherwise mint.

Includes a shaped TKL case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $6,299.95

2017 The Loar LM-700-VS
2017 The Loar LM-700-VS


2017 The Loar LM-700-VSMore Details
Hard to beat these little Chinese built gems. A lot of sound for the money.

Specs: Solid Spruce top, solid figured maple back/sides/neck in a tobacco sunburst gloss lacquer finish with 3-ply bindings throughout. Flat Ebony fretboard. Gold hardware includes engraved traditional tailpiece and Gotoh tuners and topped off with an exquisite Abalone "Fern" headstock inlay.

Excellent sound. Rich and woody tones with plenty of bark and an excellent chop. Big volume, really projects. Will not disappoint.

New condition, without flaw or blemish.

Includes Travelite style case.

Price: $849.95

2017 Gibson F-5G
Special / Sale Price - 2017 Gibson F-5G


2017 Gibson F-5GMore Details
Very strong sounding Gibson, acquired in a trade with another dealer. Label signed by David Harvey on September 21, 2017.

Specs: Sitka Spruce top in a tobacco sunburst gloss lacquer finish, figured Maple back/sides/neck in an antique brown gloss lacquer finish. Top is ivoroid bound. Flat Rosewood fretboard with mother-of-pearl position dots, and nickel hardware including Grover tuning gears and traditional tailpiece engraved with "The Gibson". Mother-of-pearl flowerpot headstock inlay.

Dry, classic Gibson tone featuring a woody "pop" and nicely balanced. Resonant and responsive with excellent volume. A crowd pleaser, right out of the box.

New overall condition without flaw or blemish. No manufacturer warranty implied. Includes Gibson TKL shaped case.

Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $4,699.95
Price: $4,349.95

2011 Collings MT Gloss Top **SOLD**
2011 Collings MT Gloss Top **SOLD**


2011 Collings MT Gloss Top **SOLD**More Details
Sensational sounding Collings MT with gloss top option, Ivoroid binding and K & K pickup.

Specs; Engelmann Spruce top in a cremona sunburst gloss lacquer finish, flamed Maple back/sides/neck in a satin lacquer finish. Top is Ivoroid bound. Adjustable Ebony bridge, radiused Ebony fretboard and parallel tone bars. Nickel hardware includes tuning gears with Ivoroid buttons and cast Collings tailpiece.

Very strong sound featuring a deep, dark and resonant tone. Also loud and responsive with a monster bluegrass chop. A hoss!

Excellent-minus condition, showing fairy significant playwear on the top treble side, mainly below the fretboard and around the treble f-hole. Numerous finish scratches and a pair of dings around the edge. One repaired crack, that runs from the treble f-hole to the top edge. Some fret wear, but will not require work for some time yet. Headstock has numerous string scratches.

Includes Collings case with lots of free case stickers. Trades considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $1,699.95

1995 Ratliff RA-5
1995 Ratliff RA-5

Bargain Beast!!!

1995 Ratliff RA-5More Details
Difficult to understand how an American made, solid wood mandolin that sounds as good as this one can be had for under $1500. A true bargain and an outstanding choice as a back-up or a step-up from a beginner.

Specs: solid Spruce, one piece Curly Maple back, Maple sides and neck in a traditional sunburst gloss lacquer finish, 3-ply side bound body, single bound fretboard and headstock. flat Ebony fretboard and Mother-of-Pearl headtsock inlay. Nickel hardware includes traditional tailpiece and tuning gears.

Sensational sounding mandolin, featuring a woody and dry tone. Sounds much richer than it's modest price tag. Awesome mid-range "pop" and nicely balanced. Excellent volume and killer chop. A fine bluegrass mandolin.

Excellent-plus condition, very light play wear. Minor fretwear and a couple light string marks on headstock. Missing one tuning peg hole cover as seen in photo. Very clean 23 year old mandolin.

Includes Canadian hard shell case.

Price: $1,349.95

Skip Kelley A-5
Skip Kelley A-5


Skip Kelley A-5More Details
Another exceptional A style mandolin, s/n 66 from our favorite small shop builder, Skip Kelley. This offering features 100 year old Spruce top, a one piece back and a phenomenal voice.

Specs: 100+ year old Adirondack Spruce top, Eastern Hard Maple one piece back, Eastern Hard Maple sides and neck in a iced tea burst, hand rubbed oil varnish finish, hide glue construction, 3-ply tortoise bound body and headstock, single tortoise bound fretboard. Radius Ebony fretboard with EVO frets and 1-1/8" Giraffe femur nut, and Mother-of-Pearl headstock inlay. Gold hardware includes engraved James tailpiece and re-worked Golden Age tuning gears with black buttons.

Dynamic sound features warm, woody and complex tones. Explosive volume and thunderous chop that you can feel all the way to your toes. Beyond Beast sound, no doubt about it.

Brand new mandolin offered with builders Limited Warranty and shaped Guardian case.

Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $3,249.95