by Jason on 21-Aug-13 15:33
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 19-May-12 10:36
New - Another outstanding specimen of Tom’s work using “special” woods of Highly flamed one piece maple back, sides & neck, choice wide grain Adirondack Spruce top, triple bound body, neck and peghead, Ebony abbreviated fingerboard, Ebony traditional full contact bridge, gold Waverly tuners with Pearl Buttons, gold “James” tailpiece with engraved “Ellis” logo, triple bound Ebony abbreviated pickguard, Cremona sunburst varnish finish, FWI 1 1/8’’ nut width and traditional abalone “Fern” headstock inlay. Bold, clear, warm, punchy, distinct, powerful, bouncy, precise, responsive, sustain as that covers the actual performance and overall tone along with the exceptional beauty. Very special. Need we say more. Priced with shaped hard case.
by Jason on 19-Sep-12 16:23
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.