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.
by Jason on 26-Mar-16 15:40
New - If you have ever desired an Ellis mandolin, then this is the one. Made with Tom's special reserve woods and contains highly flamed one piece Maple back, sides and neck, choice grain Adirondack Spruce top, Ebony abbreviated fingerboard, Ebony full contact traditional adjustable bridge, triple bound top, sided & peghead, "James" gold tailpiece, Ebony hand made abbreviated triple bound pickguard, Waverly gold tuners with Pearl buttons, "Fern" peghead inlay& Cremona brown varnish finish. Full of that very primitive tone that emits a "woody, dry and clear projection. Powerful delivery that quickly fills the area you are in. We think this is the best sounding specimen we have received from Tom as it simply grabs you with the first chop. This one gets into your head quickly and will snap attention as soon as it is engaged. Priced with Hiscox black square hard case.
by Jason on 09-Nov-12 21:58
Grundy “Flintriver” Custom “Indian Chief” Maple 5 String Banjo - New - Laurie Grundy of Missouri is making some of the finest traditional banjos in modern times and this is another example of his outstanding work. Based on the highly regarded 30’s era sound and construction, he hit’s the “nail on the head” with that deep warm punchy tone and projection along with the finest materials and inlay work that can be found. All the notes flow sweetly from this instrument and is effortless in playability. Extremely flamed Maple resonator & neck, Grundy 20 hole tone ring, Grundy one piece flange, finish on the tension hoop, tone ring & flange are bell brass and not gold plated, Maple one piece rim with one glue joint, 5/8’’ Maple bridge with Ebony insert, gold Presto traditional tailpiece, triple bound resonator & Ebony fingerboard, gold tuners with Pearloid buttons, intricate detailed “Indian Chief” full head dress in center of peghead along with swirled designs as well as fingerboard inlays to match. Another one-of-a-kind with beauty, rarity, sound & playability. We recommend you try one of these before you purchase any higher end instrument. Priced with deluxe hard case.