2011 Red Diamond F-5
2011 Red Diamond F-5
Vintage 24

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