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2013 Ken Hooper F-5 **SOLD**
2013 Ken Hooper F-5 **SOLD**

Beast!

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Sold this gem a couple months back to a friend, who goes through mandolins like my daughter goes through shoes. He just bought an $8K Collings (yes, from MandoMutt!!!) and his wife has instituted a new mandolin rule. One in, one out. So, here it is....

Remarkable F-5 handcrafted by Ken Hooper (http://www.hooperguitars.com), out of Elkin, NC. Ken has an established and highly respected name in the acoustic guitar world. He has built several mandolins as well with this example, built to Loar specs, being s/n 3.

Specs; Adirondack Spruce top, highly flamed Maple back/sides/neck in a lighter caramel sunburst, varnish finish. Single ply bound fretboard, 3-ply bindings on body and headstock. Radiused Ebony fretboard, modified vine headstock inlay and nickel hardware includes James tailpiece and Waverly tuning gears.

Traditional Loar-like sound featuring a dry woody tone, a strong chop and big, big volume. A banjo slayer with a Beyond Beast voice!

Excellent condition overall showing light play wear. Has a small ding or two and a few pick scratches on the top. Back shows one small area of button rash. Back of headstock is lightly scarred, likely from a clip-on tuner.

Includes Superior fiberglass case, white exterior, black interior. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $3,499.95

2015 Weber Yellowstone F-5
Special / Sale Price - 2015 Weber Yellowstone F-5

Red Spruce Top!!!

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Strong Weber mandolin from the hippies. Really nice instrument that features exceptional looks combined with superb sound and playability.

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.

Outstanding sound. Rich. dynamic tone. 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.

Near mint condition with only a few superficial finish scratches. Very minor fretwear.

Includes deluxe Weber hard shell case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $3,649.95
Price: $3,399.95

2006 Kimble A-5
2006 Kimble A-5

Killer Sound!!!

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Super special A-5 handcrafted by Will Kimble, this example, s/n 103, Rocks the Casbah. One of Will's finest, in the Mutt's humble opinion. Really strong voice, extraordinary woods and light weight. Sure to please.

Specs; Adirondack Spruce Top, insane flamed Maple back/sides/neck in a light, vintage sunburst varnished finish. 3-ply bindings throughout, radiused Ebony fretboard, Abalone "Vine" headstock inlay, engraved James tailpiece, abbreviated tortoise style pickguard and Schaller tuning machines with Ivoroid buttons.

Dynamic tone, featuring dry, woody pop. Lot's of dry. Screaming `E' string, all the way up the neck. Quite responsive with a powerful bluegrass chop. A real crowd pleaser.

Near mint condition showing light play wear. A couple string scratches on the peghead and light fret wear. Nut may be a replacement. Very clean 10 year old mandolin.

Includes shaped TKL Premier case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made mandolin.

Price: $4,349.95

1984 Kentucky KM-600
Special / Sale Price - 1984 Kentucky KM-600

Strong A-5!!!

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Sumi era, Japan built Kentucky A-5 style mandolin that is exceptionally strong. It has very good appointments and is in excellent condition, particularly considering it is 33 years old!

Specs; Solid Spruce top, Maple back/sides/neck in a tobacco burst gloss lacquer finish, flat Rosewood fretboard, Rosewood bridge, 3-ply top binding, single ply back, fretboard and headstock, Gotoh tuning gears and Fleur-de-lis headstock inlay.

Sensational sound, relative to price point. Dry, woody tone with that nice trditional mid-range "pop", excellent volume and solid bluegrass chop.

Excellent condition. Body has some lacquer dings and perhaps a light scratch or three, but still quite clean. Minor fretwear.

Includes a recent hard shell case.

Price: $749.95
Price: $674.95

2004 Rigel A+ Deluxe
2004 Rigel A+ Deluxe

Animal!!!

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Exceptional one owner mandolin purchased directly from Pete Langdell in 2004. This fine offering features contemporary stylings, a terrific modern voice and a one piece Maple back.

Specs: Solid select Spruce top, Maple back/sides/neck in a chocolate burst gloss lacquer finish, radiused Ebony fretboard, Piezo plug and play pick up and gold hardware including cast tailpiece, factory installed pick-up (Schertler?) and Schaller tuning gears.

Deep, dark and warm tones, a killer chop and excellent volume. Sounds much richer than it's modest price tag. Best Rigel we've had. Fantastic set up too.

Excellent-plus condition showing only light playwear, primarily superficial finish scratches. Minor fret wear.

Includes original oblong tweed case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made mandolin.

Price: $1,649.95

2016 Collings MF-5V Fern **SOLD**
2016 Collings MF-5V Fern **SOLD**

Elegante!!!!

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Another fabulous Collings mandolin that features a varnished finish, Abalone Fern headstock inlay, Waverly tuning machines, and, of course, the impeccable Collings fit and finish.

Specs: Adirondack Spruce top, intensely flamed Maple back/sides/neck in a dark burst varnished finish with 3-ply bindings throughout. Radiused Ebony fretboard, Fern headstock inlay and gold hardware includes cast Collings tailpiece and Waverly tuning machines with pearl buttons.

Beasty sound right out of the box. Dark, warm and woody. Big volume and chunky chop. Lengthy sustain and excellent balance Responsive.

New condition without flaw or blemish.

Includes Collings hard shell case. Trades gladly considered on this fine, American made instrument.

Price: $8,249.95

2000/2005 Jamie Wiens F-5
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Spectacular!

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S/N 9, this exceptional mandolin was given a face lift by Jamie in 2005 with a new top, new neck and refinish. Remarkable job!

Specs: Sitka Spruce top, Quilted Maple back/sides/neck in a dark burst gloss lacquer finish, 3-ply bindings everywhere (top/back/sides/neck/headstock, everywhere!), radiused Ebony fretboard, 1-1/8" pearl nut, tone bar bracing, flowerpot headstock inlay and gold hardware includes a unique engraved cast tailpiece and Waverly tuning machines with pearl buttons.

Traditional sounding instrument featuring a dry, woody, rich tone with excellent note definition and clarity. Strong, percussive chop.

Excellent-plus condition with light play wear. Superficial finish marks. Headstock has a few string winder and clip-on tuner scars and a string scratch or two. Minor fret wear.

Includes semi-hard Bobelock travel type case. Trades gladly considered on this fine, Canadian built mandolin.

Price: $7,999.95
Price: $7,499.95

2016 Gibson F-5 Custom Gold Top **SOLD**
2016 Gibson F-5 Custom Gold Top **SOLD**

Extraordinary!!!!

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Eye Candy. This Custom Gibson is remarkable in every way featuring a unique Les Paul style gloss Gold Top that has a rich beauty that our photos fail to capture (in fact, this was a very difficult mandolin to photograph), combined with a majestic voice. Other custom appointments and upgrades include a Wide Neck, radiused fretboard a large fret wire.

Specs; Sitka Spruce top in a Gold gloss lacquer finish and highly figured Maple back/sides/neck in a dark chocolate gloss lacquer finish. Top is triple bound with single Ivoroid bound fretboard. Radiused Rosewood fretboard with large fret wire, 1-3/16" nut width, tone bar bracing, Grover tuning gears and Flowerpot headstock inlay.

Big, bossy sound highlighted by a warm, woody tone and outstanding volume and sustain. Percussive chop. This fine Gibson is sure to please and impress on stage, studio or parking lot jams.

New condition without flaw or blemish. Excellent set up.

Includes original Gibson TKL case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $4,999.95

2007 Poe Grand F-4 **SOLD**
2007 Poe Grand F-4 **SOLD**

Stunning!

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Personally, I'm not an oval hole kinda guy, but it's sure hard to find fault with this tasty treat. MandoMutt's first mandolin built by Andy Poe and it's quite impressive to say the least. It's immediately obvious that this fella knows precisely what he's doing. Definitely an instrument to drool over.

This special mandolin, s/n 13, was patterned after Mike Compton's Gilchrist F-4 and features top shelf woods and appointments, a first rate fit and finish and a marvelous voice. Considering Andy's current pricing, it would cost $5100 to have him build an identical Grand F-4 and you'd have to wait.....until at least 2018!

Specs: Adirondack Spruce top, figured Maple back/sides/neck in a vintage burst (think 20's Gibson F-4) finish, one ply Ivoroid binding throughout, flat Ebony fretboard, 1-1/8" pearl nut, flower pot headstock inlay, James tailpiece and Gibson Grover tuning machines with Ivoroid buttons.

A sensational sounding mandolin that features a warm, woody, resonate tone and remarkable note definition. Real vintage voice and feel and an easy player with low action. A delightful instrument to play and difficult to put down.

Excellent condition (perhaps even a shade toward EC-) overall, but does have some play wear, primarily light marks and a few pings in the thin varnish. Back shows footprint from an arm rest, but surprisingly doesn't show on the top. Headstock shows some light string marks and a small ding and a mark from clip-on tuner on the back side. Some fret wear, but definitely on the light side.

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

Price: $3,499.95

2016 Eastman MD-515 **SOLD**
2016 Eastman MD-515 **SOLD**

Nice!

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In the under $1K club, these little pac-rim gems are hard to beat. This one has an extra special voice, in fact, it seems to sound better than most of the 815 and 915's we've had.

Specs: Solid, hand carved Spruce top, figured Maple back/sides/neck in the classic gloss lacquer finish, Ivoroid bound top and tone bar barcing. Radiused Ebony fretboard with M.O.P. position dots and Nickel hardware includes Schaller tuners and Allen style cast tailpiece.

You won't have any trouble being heard in a jam setting with this little hoss. Nice open, woody tone and strong bluegrass chop. Really strong bluegrass sound, much richer than it's modest price tag.

Excellent condition overall with a few light pick marks and superficial finish scratches. Finish is marred at area where arm rests. Finish top coat is blemished from previous owner playing while having repellent on his arm, in an area approximately 1-1/2" by 1". Could be covered up with an arm rest. Minor fret wear.

Includes hard shell case. No trades on this one.

Price: $699.95

2015 Ellis F-5 Special **SOLD**
2015 Ellis F-5 Special **SOLD**

Heavenly!!!

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Top of the Ellis food chain, fully loaded and firing on all cylinders. Like new, save $2500!

Specs: Adirondack Spruce top, highly figured Maple one piece back, Maple sides and neck in a dark walnut sunburst varnished finish, 3-ply bindings throughout, radiused Ebony fretboard, abbreviated Ebony pick guard and Abalone "Fern" headstock inlay. Gold hardware includes; "Ellis" engraved James tailpiece and Waverly tuning gears with pearl buttons.

Heavenly sound. Deep, woody tone and superbly balanced. Rich. Chunky chop. Tom Ellis may be the architect of the "modern mandolin tone" and this one is a perfect example.

Near mint condition, showing a couple very light string scratches on the headstock and a barely perceptible arm rest footprint. Otherwise like new. Impeccable fit and finish. Pro set-up, easy to play with low action.

Includes rectangular Gibson TKL. Trades gladly considered on this fine U.S.A. built mandolin.

Price: $8,999.95

2005 Gibson Distressed Master Model **SOLD**
2005 Gibson Distressed Master Model **SOLD**

I Want It!!!!

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Extraordinary Master Model, built during the Derrington era, signed by Danny Roberts and formerly owned by John Reischman. This fine Gibson features AAA Adirondack Spruce top, very cool factory distressing, radiused fretboard and a remarkable voice. It's also the only Gibson we've seen with an engraved James tailpiece. Simply stated, this sterling example has it all.

Specs; Adirondack Spruce top, figured Maple back/sides/neck in a cremona burst, hand rubbed varnish finish, 3-ply (w/b/w) bindings throughout, radiused Ebony fretboard with M.O.P. position dots, engraved James tailpiece, Abalone flowerpot headstock inlay and Waverly tuning machines with pearl buttons.

Delightful, Loar like sound, featuring an articulate, complex voice and woody, dry tone. This mandolin sounds as dry as a Boy Scouts fire. Big, percussive chop. Superb set up and very responsive. Beyond Beast sound.

This mandolin, signed by Danny Roberts on December 14, 2005 is in fine, factory distressed condition. Fret's show slight wear.

Offered with "Loar" style case and appraisal from Carter Vintage in Nashville, Tn, attesting to Reischman's prior ownership and appraised value of $14,000.

Trades gladly considered on this incomparable American made instrument.

Price: $13,995.99

2016 Kentucky KM-805 Artist **SOLD**
2016 Kentucky KM-805 Artist **SOLD**

Big Sound, Low Price!

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Specs: Solid Spruce top, figured Maple back/sides/neck in an amber burst, gloss lacquer finish, 3-ply bound body and headstock, one-ply bound fretboard. Radiused Rosewood fretboard with block inlays, Ebony Cumberland Acoustics bridge, Schaller tuning gears and flowerpot headstock inlay.

This mandolin is a Hoss. Woody, dynamic and powerful with outstanding sustain. Big bluegrass chop. Pro set up with low action.

Near mint condition showing only one small mic ding and very minor (almost none) fret wear.

Includes a gold tweed hard shell case. No trades on this one.

Price: $799.95

2003 Collings MF-5
2003 Collings MF-5

Early Blonde Model!

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Extra special early Collings mandolin, s/n 80, that is candy for the eyes and ears. Top shelf woods, stunning blonde finish and stellar sound. A Hoss!

Specs: Adirondack Spruce top, intensely flamed Maple back/sides/neck in a blonde gloss lacquer finish, with 3-ply bindings throughout. Radiused Ebony fretboard, Collings "vine" headstock inlay and gold hardware includes cast Collings tailpiece and Schaller tuning machines with black buttons.

Amazing sound, featuring an articulate voice and big volume. Nicely balanced. Woody, rich tone and a powerful bluegrass chop.

Excellent-plus overall condition, but does have one professionally repaired top crack near the treble f-hole. Body is quite clean, headstock shows a string scratch or two and minor fret wear. Very clean.

Includes TKL hard shell case. Trades gladly considered on this fine, American made instrument.

Price: $4,649.95

2017 Pava Satin A-5 **SOLD**
2017 Pava Satin A-5 **SOLD**

Sweet Blondie!

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Lovely little A-style mandolin with a big, bold voice that features a one piece back, impeccable fit and finish and dynamic sound. A sensational value.

Specs; wide grained Adirondack Spruce top, highly figured Red Maple back/sides/neck, in a blonde satin lacquer finish with one-ply tortoise bound top. Radiused Ebony fretboard and nickel hardware includes cast Allen tailpiece and Gotoh tuning gears, Mother-of-Pearl script headstock inlay and tone bar bracing.

Very impressive sound, right out of the box. Dry and woody with plenty of pop. Really strong mid-range and a fat bluegrass chop.

New condition without flaw or blemish. Terrific set-up with low action and a comfortable neck.

Includes TKL Premium case. Trades gladly considered on this fine made in America instrument.

Price: $1,999.95

2016 Kentucky KM-755 Amberburst
2016 Kentucky KM-755 Amberburst

Delightful!

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Specs: Solid Spruce top, figured Maple back/sides/neck in an Amberburst, gloss lacquer finish, single ply bound body and fretboard. Flat Ebony fretboard, tone bar bracing, Gotoh tuning gears and vine headstock inlay.

Big, bold sound. Powerful mid-range. Excellent volume and sustain. Percussive bluegrass chop. Pro set up with low action.

As new condition without flaw or blemish.

Includes hard shell case. No trades on this one.

Price: $799.95

2013 Ellis A-5 Special **SOLD**
2013 Ellis A-5 Special **SOLD**

Regal Beast!

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You just don't see many A-5 Specials, as Tom Ellis doesn't build many. Vast majority of his A's are the Deluxe model. This Special has some custom appointments with an art deco headstock inlay and more of a V shaped neck than you normally see on an Ellis.

Specs; Adirondack Spruce top, highly figured one piece Maple back, Maple sides & neck in a dark sunburst oil varnished finish, 3-ply bindings everywhere, radiused Ebony fretboard with EVO frets and abbreviated Ebony pickguard.

Gold hardware includes; engraved James tailpiece and Waverly tuning gears with black buttons. A unique art deco headstock tops off the appointments.

An outstanding modern sounding mandolin that features dark, dry and woody voice with excellent depth and good balance. Beasty chop. Doesn't need an "opening up" period. This one is already wide open.

Near mint condition. Finish is worn away on upper neck and perhaps a light scratch or two. Otherwise mint. Has been played extensively, yet pampered.

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

Price: $4,649.95

2007 Collings MF5 Deluxe V **SOLD**
2007 Collings MF5 Deluxe V **SOLD**

Incredible!!!

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This extraordinary mandolin, s/n 913, is a top-of-the-line Deluxe model, but with a gloss lacquer finish (we're told), however the label indicates it is a MF5 Deluxe V. I was under the impression that the `V' in their mandolin model designation indicated a Varnish finish.

In any event, the finish is absolutely stunning regardless and, quite frankly, this mandolin sounds as good as any Collings anywhere. Period. Mighty fine one piece back too!

Specs; Master grade Adirondack Spruce top, highly figured Maple back/sides/neck in a cremona sunburst gloss lacquer(?) finish with 3-ply tortoise bindings everywhere. Radiused Ebony fretboard, abbreviated Ebony fretboard and Waverly tuning gears with Ebony buttons. Topped off with an exquisite Abalone headstock inlay and ornate cast tailpiece cover.

Overall, this Deluxe-V is in Mint condition without flaw or blemish. Looks like it just came from the Austin factory.

More to come, stay TUNED!!!

Comes with original Collings hard case. Trades gladly considered on fine American made mandolin.

Price: $6,499.95

2009 Gibson F-5G Custom
2009 Gibson F-5G Custom

Outstanding Wideneck!

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Excellent David Harvey Custom Gibson that features the Wide neck option with a 1-3/16" nut width and what looks like a Red Spruce top. We'll be contacting Gibson to confirm that later this week. Also sports a pair of aftermarket upgrades; speed neck and EVO fret wire.

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 Ebony fretboard with EVO fret wire and Mother-of-pearl position dots. Tone bar bracing, Mother-of-pearl flowerpot headstock inlay and nickel hardware including Grover tuning gears and traditional tailpiece engraved with "The Gibson".

Classic Gibson sound, warm, woody and dry. Features excellent balance across the strings and good volume. Big, percussive bluegrass chop.

Excellent overall condition. Top shows an area from end of treble f-hole to lower point that has a few finish cracks caused by mis-use of a Dampit. Also appears to be a small area of very faint finish checking to the upper side of the tailpiece. Otherwise, body shows light scratching and perhaps a ping or three and back side of lower point has a small spot where the finish is worn away. Headstock shows some minor wear from a clip-on tuner. L.R. Baggs pickup has been removed, but included in the case compartment.

Includes original TKL Gibson shaped case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made mandolin.

Price: $3,599.95