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2013 Ken Hooper F-5
2013 Ken Hooper F-5


2013 Ken Hooper F-5More Details
Remarkable F-5 handcrafted by Ken Hooper (, 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 Travelite style case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $3,999.95

2015 Skip Kelley F-5
Special / Sale Price - 2015 Skip Kelley F-5


2015 Skip Kelley F-5 More Details
This Kelley F-5, s/n 51 has been with Adam Steffey for the last year (see our home page for a link to Adam playing this mandolin at last years IBMA), but just returned in exchange for a new Kelley with a California Redwood top. So, it's been broken in by a master. Kind of like having Manny Machado break in your new baseball mitt. In any event, we're calling it "used", with warranty and discounting it by $500 off new pricing.

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 Rosewood fretboard with 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 slightly used instrument, but offered as new with builders Limited Warranty instrument. Adam did play it and it shows light play wear. Has a few superficial scratches/marks on the top and minor fret wear. Also has 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.

Includes rectangular TKL case with blue interior.

Trades are gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $5,999.95
Price: $5,499.95

2015 Skip Kelley A-5
Special / Sale Price - 2015 Skip Kelley A-5

Phenomenal Sound!

2015 Skip Kelley A-5More Details
We love Skip Kelley's A-5 mandolins. They're very light weight but provide the same responsive sound and traditional tone as his F-5's.

Specs; Adirondack Spruce top, one piece Big Leaf Maple back, Maple sides and neck in an antique sunburst, hand applied varnish finish. 3-ply Tortoise bound body, single ply Tortoise bound fretboard and headstock, flat Ebony fretboard, Monteleone style tailpiece, Schaller tuning gears, tone bars, hide glue construction and "speed neck".

This mandolin has a remarkable voice. Dry, woody and very responsive. Sound you can feel. One of those mandolins that you know is good from minute you start tuning. A light weight instrument with a heaveyweight voice.

This is a pre-owned mandolin,in near mint condition. Has a light impression type scratch below strings and near treble f-hole, a string scratch on the headstock and light fret wear.

Includes a basic hard shell case and a Hogan leather strap. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $2,349.95
Price: $2,199.95

2012 Breedlove American (Premier) OF **SOLD**
Special / Sale Price - 2012 Breedlove American (Premier) OF **SOLD**

American Made Value!

2012 Breedlove American (Premier) OF **SOLD**More Details
Mighty fine, made in the USA teardrop A-style that's offers an affordable solid wood mandolin that's an exceptional upgrade from a beginner or a solid back-up. The American OF is essentially the same model as today's Premier OF.

Specs; solid Sitka Spruce top, Solid Western Maple back/sides/neck in a tradtional sunburst satin finish, tone bar bracing, radiused Radiused Ebony fretboard w/ M.O.P. position dots, adjustable Ebony bridge, black cast tailpiece and nickel tuning gears with vintage style Ivoroid buttons.

Very good sound. Dry, woody tone. Nicely balanced with a stout chop. Barks like a Big Dawg! Definitely out-performs a comparably priced pac-rim.

Near mint condition. Minor fretwear, otherwise mint. Very clean.

Includes Breedlove hardshell case.

Price: $849.95
Price: $749.95

2014 Silverangel F-5
Special / Sale Price - 2014 Silverangel F-5

Monster Sound!!!

2014 Silverangel F-5More Details
Distressed Silverangel, s/n 350. Recently re-topped by Ken Ratcliff from his stash of 150+ year old Redwood. MandoMutt loves Redwood topped mandolins.

Specs; 150+ year old Redwood top, one piece Red Maple back, Red Maple sides and neck in a antique burst, satin finish with 3-ply bindings throughout. Radiused Ebony fretboard, cast bronze tailpiece and Golden Age tuning gears with black knobs. Also has a "speed neck", 1-3/16" nut width Mother-of-Pearl headstock inlays.

If you're a fan of deep, woody tone, you'll love this mandolin. The aged redwood provides a mellow warmth that sounds delightfully vintage.
Killer A string. Plenty of power and a monster chop too.

Near mint condition. Fit and finish is okay, but not great. A little rough around the edges, but it is distressed.

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

Price: $2,749.95
Price: $2,499.95

2016 Collings MF-5 **SOLD**
2016 Collings MF-5 **SOLD**

hot, Hot, HOT!!!

2016 Collings MF-5 **SOLD**More Details
Another super fine Collings mandolin that features Abalone Fern headstock inlay, Tortoise bindings, and, of course, the impeccable Collings fit and finish.

Specs: Nicely figured Adirondack Spruce top, intensely flamed Maple back/sides/neck in a cremona burst gloss lacquer finish with tortoise bindings. Radiused Ebony fretboard, Fern headstock inlay and gold hardware includes cast Collings tailpiece and Gotoh tuning machines with black buttons.

Outstanding sound. More in the modern camp to my ears. Deep, dark and woody. Big volume and chunky chop. A new mandolin that sounds incredible right out of the box. Versatile instrument that's sure to please.

New condition without flaw or blemish.

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

Price: $5,999.95

2016 Collings MT-GT Wide Nut **SOLD**
2016 Collings MT-GT Wide Nut **SOLD**

Simply Sensational!

2016 Collings MT-GT Wide Nut **SOLD**More Details
Way nice, upgraded Collings MT featuring gloss gloss top and wide neck options. Handsome dark burst too.

Specs; Ivoroid bound Engelmann Spruce top in a dark walnut sunburst gloss lacquer finish, flamed Maple back/sides/neck in a satin lacquer finish. Adjustable Ebony bridge, radiused Ebony fretboard, 1-3/16" nut width, Gotoh tuning machines (thank goodness they are moving away from the crappy tuners they've been using for the past few years!!!) with Ivoroid knobs and cast tailpiece.

A delightful sounding mandolin that a deep, dark and woody tone. Provides plenty of pop and power and projects quite well. Wicked bluegrass chop.

New condition without flaw or blemish. Includes Collings case. Trades considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $2,299.95

2006 Kimble A-5
2006 Kimble A-5

Killer Sound!!!

2006 Kimble A-5More Details
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: $4,499.95

1978 Monteleone F-5 Fern
1978 Monteleone F-5 Fern

Rare F-5!!!

1978 Monteleone F-5 FernMore 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.

Price: $17,500.00

2016 Skip Kelley A-5 **SOLD**
2016 Skip Kelley A-5 **SOLD**


2016 Skip Kelley A-5 **SOLD**More Details
One of two X-braced A-5's Skip Kelley brought us yesterday. This one is s/n 56 and has a Red Spruce top. It's sister, s/n 57 sports a California Redwood top and will be on it's way to Adam Steffey this week!

Specs; Adirondack Spruce top, Big Leaf Maple back/sides/neck in an Antique burst hand rubbed oil varnish finish with Rippled Ivoroid bindings throughout. Ebony fretboard with 12" radius and gold Evo frets, Adirondack Spruce X-bracing, engraved James tailpiece, Rubner tuning gears with black buttons, Mother-of-Pearl "Crown" headstock inlay and truss rod cover, modified Loar style Ebony bridge and hide glue construction.

Extraordinary sound. Skips mandolins are all very powerful and responsive, in fact, we believe the Kelley mandolins are at the top of the power mando list alongside Daley and Red Diamonds. This example sounds incredible right out of the box and features a woody, vintage Loar sound with outstanding balance and projection. Massive bluegrass chop.

This is a brand new instrument and includes a TKL case, Hogan leather strap and builders Limited Warranty.

Fully loaded, cooking on gas and ready to rock! Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $3,249.95

2013 Collings MT-GT Wide Nut
2013 Collings MT-GT Wide Nut

Honey Tortoise!

2013 Collings MT-GT Wide NutMore Details
Collings is definitely leading the Honey Tortoise pack. Man, they can sure make some serious eye candy down in Austin Tx. This handsome dandy features an incredible one piece back, gloss top and sensational sound.

Specs; Wide grained Engelmann Spruce gloss top with Tortoise binding and highly figured Maple back/sides/neck in a Honey satin finish. Radiused Ebony fretboard, 1-3/16" nut width (wide nut option), Ebony full contact bridge and parallel tone bars. Nickel hardware includes cast tailpiece and tuners with black knobs.

A delightful sounding mandolin with a dark, dry and woody tone. Beasty. Loud and responsive with a chunky chop. Definitely at the top of the MT food chain. Really good.

Near mint condition. Top has a few tiny lacquer pings, tailpiece is somewhat tarnished, but we'll work on that. Minor fret wear.

Includes original Collings hard shell case with green interior. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $2,249.95

1984 Kentucky KM-600
1984 Kentucky KM-600

Strong A-5!!!

1984 Kentucky KM-600More Details
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.

Include Boulder Alpine Series gig bag.

Price: $749.95

1985(?) Kentucky KM-1500
1985(?) Kentucky KM-1500

Terrific Sound!!!

1985(?) Kentucky KM-1500More Details
Outstanding Kentucky Master Model, said to be a 1985 by a former owner, however, part of the label is missing, so the year model is not confirmed. We do know that it is s/n 302.

Specs: solid Spruce top, curly Maple back/sides/neck in a traditional cremona sunburst gloss lacquer finish, 3-ply bindings throughout, flat Ebony fretboard and Abalone "Fern" headstock inlay. Gold hardware includes engraved tailpiece cover and original tuning gears have been replaced with high quality tuning machines.

Has "Gibson" like appearance and tone. Dry, warm and woody. Outstanding volume and projection. Chunky bluegrass chop. Exceptional vintage sound.

This mandolin has a repaired top crack that basically runs the entire length of the top, near the center. Crack has been glued and has several cleats. Additionally there is finish checking on beneath and on both sides of the tailpiece. Otherwise, the mandolin is in excellent-plus condition showing light play wear and minor fret wear.

Includes rectangular Travelite case.

Price: $1,199.95

2004 Rigel A+ Deluxe
2004 Rigel A+ Deluxe


2004 Rigel A+ DeluxeMore Details
Exceptional one owner mandolin purchased directly from Pete Langdell in 2004. This fine offering features contemporary stylings, a 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 and Schaller tuning gears.

Deep, dark and warm tones, a killer chop and excellent volume. Sounds much richer than it's modest price tag. 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 Eastman MD-505
2016 Eastman MD-505

Affordable A-5!

2016 Eastman MD-505More Details
Very nice Chinese built A-5 featuring solid woods, a handsome classic chocolate finish and a price tag that won't break the bank.

Specs: Solid Spruce top, figured Maple back/sides/neck in a chocolate gloss lacquer finish, 3-ply bound top, Radiused Ebony fretboard with single ply Ivoroid binding. Parallel tone bar bracing and nickel hardware includes cast tailpiece and Schaller tuning gears.

As new condition without flaw or blemish. Professional setup.

More to come, stay TUNED!!!

Includes Eastman Travelite style case.

Price: $499.95