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Gibson 1934 F-7 Mandolin

by Jason on 21-Aug-13 19:33
Excellent plus condition - This is the cleanest F-7 we have ever encountered and is all original with possibly the bridge being the exception. It shows very little playing wear and even the pickguard is intact with no issues. The sunburst finish is smooth with just a few checks that are hardly visible. Conforms to 1934 catalog specs with Spruce top, highly figured Chocolate brown finish Maple back & sides, Mahogany neck, single bound body, neck, pickguard and peghead, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with fancy inlay similar to Nick Lucas guitar and Fleur-De-Lis headstock inlay. Beautiful warm open tone with impressive power, clarity along with a serious chop at any position, and the more it is played, the more it opens up. Made between 1934 thru 1939 and is the same model Bill Monroe used until he bought his fabled 1923 F-5 in 1945. Rarer than a Loar, these do not show up very often and one in this condition is even a rarer find. Comes with original red lined formed fit hard case with some case candy.

Nechville Custom RB-6 Checkerboard Style 5

by Jason on 21-Apr-14 21:34
New - 20 hole pre-war spec flathead tone ring, 3 ply Maple rim, checkerboard binding on Maple resonator, Maple neck and peghead, Argentine gray finish, "Hearts & Flowers" fingerboard inlay, "Fiddle" peghead, Style 6 headstock inlay, Bluegrass traditional style pot with Nechville neck with Flux capacitor, (neck adjustment) 24 carat gold plated & engraved on helimounted frame and metal parts, Nechville tailpiece, one piece flange, flat head tone ring & wood arm rest. This is a 1 off for us and was taken from our original style 6 checkerboard. This is an exceptional instrument that we commissioned Tom to build for us as we wanted to see what his traditional series instruments where like and we are blown away. WOW what a outstanding sounding banjo with power, warm tone and balance. We discovered that the "Flux Capacitor" is really the only way to go as far as neck adjustment is concerned. It is just too simple and a big surprise was the fact that it has no coordinator rods. The quality of build is superb in every detail and is the complete package in beauty, sound and rarity. Priced with deluxe hard case.

Passernig Deluxe F-5 Varnish

by Jason on 19-Sep-12 20:23
New - Another great example of beauty, power and beautiful full masterful tone from Stefan Passernig. Adirondack Spruce top, Red Maple flamed back, sides and neck, varnish sunburst finish with French polish, Ebony triple bound fingerboard, triple bound body & peghead, Ebony triple bound abbreviated pickguard, traditional style Ebony bridge, “James” tailpiece with “ Passernig” logo, Golden Age antiqued tuners with Ivoroid buttons and 1 1/8’’ bone nut. We have found no hand made mandolin with these features that can match this instrument and many costing thousands more can touch it. This instrument is full of life with dry open “woody” and “airy” overall sound. Responds in an instant with a lot of “pop and ping.” The best mandolin in this price range we have encountered. These never last long and all you have to do is play it and you will see why. Priced with Travelite semi-hard case.

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