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


2013 Ken Hooper F-5 **SOLD***More 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 in addition to this example, built to Loar specs, being s/n 3. This was Ken's personal mandolin for a couple years.

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, strong mid-range, excellent clarity, big volume and a percussive bluegrass chop.

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

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

Price: $3,499.95

2008 Eastman MD-815V
2008 Eastman MD-815V


2008 Eastman MD-815VMore Details
Very nice Chinese built mandolin from Eastman Music Company. This model features a spectacular sunburst oil varnish finish and a Red Spruce top.

Specs; Solid Adirondack Spruce top, figured Maple back/sides/neck in a hand rubbed oil varnish finish with 3-ply bindings throughout. Radiused Ebony fretboard with Mother-of-Pearl position dots. Gold hardware includes Schaller tuners and Allen style cast tailpiece.

Features a dry, woody tone and excellent volume and pop. Outstanding bluegrass chop as well.

Excellent overall condition. Shows some light scratches and play wear, primarily below the fretboard.

Includes Eastman semi-hard travel style case.

Price: $1,199.95

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


2016 Gibson F-5 Custom Gold TopMore Details
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 the wide neck option, 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.

Mint condition without flaw or blemish. Excellent set up.

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

Price: $4,749.95

2011 Red Diamond F-5 **SOLD**
2011 Red Diamond F-5 **SOLD**

Vintage 24

2011 Red Diamond F-5 **SOLD**More Details
Hard to find fault with a Red Diamond. We've had a few, but this is our first Vintage model. Certainly has the vintage Loar kind of sound, feel and appearance. Extraordinary. This example, s/n 220 features a lovely one piece back, top shelf appointments and a Hoffee case.

Specs: Vintage Voiced Adirondack Spruce top, Hard Curly Maple back/sides/neck in a Cremona Burst, hand rubbed varnish with 3-ply bindings body and fretboard, single bound headstock, radius Ebony fretboard, tone bar bracing, Silver Waverly tuning machines with Mother-of-Pearl buttons, hide glue construction, engraved hinged tailpiece and Mother-of-Pearl and Abalone Flower Pot headstock inlay.

A delicious sounding mandolin featuring woody, warm and super dry tone with outstanding clarity and note definition. Quite powerful and responsive. Perfect chop. Reminiscent of a couple of the better Gibson Master Models we've had and would likely stack up well with a 1923 Gibson F-5 I've played.

Excellent cosmetic condition. Does show some play wear on the top with some finish scratches and small dings. Light finish blemishes, two on top edges near each f-hole and one near center of back, perhaps from an instrument stand. Headstock has some light string scratches and nicks and scuffs around top edges from clip-on tuner.

A Beyond Beast award winner, our first since 2016 (Skip Kelley F-5) and only the 15th BB since the awards inception in 2008. It joins several Master Models, a pair on Daley Vintage models, a couple Gilchrist F-5's and a few other select extraordinary mandolins.

Includes blue Hoffee case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $10,999.95

2017 Skip Kelley A-5
Special / Sale Price - 2017 Skip Kelley A-5

Mighty Mando!!!

2017 Skip Kelley A-5More Details
Another sensational mandolin from MandoMutt's favorite builder, Skip Kelley. We've been selling Skip's mandolins exclusively since early 2009 and I think this is the first Engelmann topped mandolin we've had since s/n 18. Coincidentally that one was one of the best sounding mandolin's Skip has ever built. This offering is right there. Very strong.

Specs: Engelmann Spruce top, Big Leaf Maple one piece back, sides and necks, in a vintage burst, hand rubbed oil varnish finish, hide glue construction, 3-ply bindings throughout, radiused Ebony fretboard, tone bar bracing and four leaf clover headstock inlay. Nickel hardware includes engraved James tailpiece and Gibson Grover tuning gears.

Spectacular sound featuring warm, deep and woody tones. Explosive volume and punchy bluegrass chop that you can feel all the way to your toes. A thumper.

Brand new mandolin, s/n 62, label signed 9/21/17. Offered with a Cedar Creek 2-pt mandolin case and builders Limited Warranty.

Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $3,249.95
Price: $2,999.95

2011 Weber Gallatin F
2011 Weber Gallatin F


2011 Weber Gallatin FMore Details
Marvelous Weber that features a lovely tone and a Spruce top at an affordable price point. Looks and sounds richer than it's price tag!

Specs: Spruce top, flamed Maple back/sides/neck in a Faded Leather finish. Radiused Ebony fretboard, Ebony Brekke bridge, parallel tone bar bracing and nickel hardware that includes cast Weber tailpiece and Schaller tuning gears.

Very impressive voice that features a dry, woody tone with excellent mid-range "pop". Powerful A-string. Very good volume. Stout bluegrass chop.

Near mint condition. Has a couple tiny marks on the hook scroll, some light pick marks below fretboard, one tiny ding on back and a couple scrapes on the back, top edge of headstock, otherwise very clean.

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

Price: $1,999.95

2002 Dearstone F-5M Master Model
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

2017 Skip Kelley 2-Point **SOLD**
2017 Skip Kelley 2-Point **SOLD**

Monster Sound!!!

2017 Skip Kelley 2-Point **SOLD**More Details
Skip's very first two point mandolin and one that he's kept and played for the past six months or so. A bit of a departure from Skip's usual traditional look while still providing typically amazing Kelley sound. This example, s/n 63, features 1850's California Redwood (who needs Torrified wood!!!) top, gold EVO frets and "fishbone" Maple back.

Specs; 160+ year old California Redwood top, Big Leaf Maple back/sides/neck in a Caramel colored hand applied varnish finish with 3-ply Tortoise bindings throughout. Radius Ebony fretboard with Mother-of-Pearl block inlays, cast Allen style tailpiece, Grover tuning gears, parallel tone bar and hide glue construction.

This mandolin has a remarkable voice. Warm, woody and very responsive. Sound you can feel. A lightweight instrument with heavyweight sound. Outstanding sustain and a fat, woofy chop. A banjo killing Hoss.

This is basically a new instrument, but Skip says sell it as a Demo, but with his new instrument Limited Lifetime of the Builder Warranty.

Includes a white Superior fiberglass case. Trades gladly considered on this fine American made instrument.

Price: $3,999.95

2000 Flatiron Festival F-5
2000 Flatiron Festival F-5

Bluegrass Beast!

2000 Flatiron Festival F-5More Details
Exceptionally strong Flatiron, built by Gibson during the Charlie Derrington/Sim Daley era. It features a powerful mid-rangy sound and good appointments.

Specs: Sitka spruce top in iced tea sunburst gloss lacquer finish, Curly Maple back/sides/neck, Ivoroid bound top, flat Ebony fretboard, adjustable Ebony bridge, tone bar bracing, Schaller tuning machines, traditional engraved tailpiece, and Fleur-de-lis headstock inlay.

Tone is warm, woody and dry. Nicely balanced with excellent volume and a solid, percussive chop. This is one of the good ones, perhaps the best sounding Festival we've had.

Excellent condition relative to age. Does have some play wear, showing pick marks and scratches below the fretboard and some light marks and a few dings on the top. Back is clean. Headstock shows some string scratches and clip-on tuner marks. Frets are in fine shape.

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

Price: $2,499.95