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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.

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.

Grundy Custom “Flintriver” Banjo

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.

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