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Stonebridge MFS F-Style Mandolin by Frantisek Furch, 2009

Stonebridge MFS F-Style Mandolin by Frantisek Furch, 2009

The Stonebridge MFS F-Style Mandolin uses a carved spruce top, carved flame maple back, and flamed maple for the sides and neck. The bound headstock and fingerboard, and the bridge are all ebony. The body features a distinctive scroll at the upper bass bout, and an echoing scroll cutout on the headstock. Typically, this design wears a sunburst finish hearkening back to violin family origins. The headstock features a lovely, tasteful deco-influenced vine inlay executed in Mother of Pearl.

Price: $2400 CAD
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National RM1 Walnut Resophonic Mandolin Sunburst, 2010

National RM1 Walnut Resophonic Mandolin Sunburst, 2010

The National RM1 Walnut is built in San Luis Opisbo California and features a teardrop, almost ‘A Style’ body shape, but with a single 9.5 inch resonator cone. The RM1 Walnut pairs a figured Maple top with Black Walnut for the sides and carved back; the neck is figured Maple with a bound Ebony fingerboard. Because it’s a reso-phonic instrument, the bridge is built into the center of the resonator cone.

Price: $2500 CAD
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Collings MT Mandolin Blonde Top, 2018

Collings MT Mandolin Blonde Top, 2018

This Collings MT, built during 2018 in Austin, Texas, features a custom Blonde finished, Engelmann Spruce top that very nicely matches its binding. An Eastern Flamed Maple for the carved back and sides, and Ebony for the fingerboard, bridge and head plate. The metal hardware is nickel plated. Collings is now using a combination of highly skilled hand fret work and PLEK system levelling, with a very positive result.

Price: $2650 CAD
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Gibson A-Style Mandolin Brown Top, 1918

Gibson A-Style Mandolin Brown Top, 1918

Seen here is a Gibson A-Style mandolin dating to 1918. The carved, oval sound hole top is Sitka Spruce, the sides are Maple as is the carved back. The fingerboard and bridge are Ebony. A single layer of binding was applied to the top, only – not the back, fingerboard, or head. The headstock does not have, or has lost, a Gibson logo. The original pick guard, which would have been celluloid, is long gone.

Price: $1300 CAD
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Eastman MD814-V F-Style Oval-Hole Mandolin Black Antique Varnish

Eastman MD814-V F-Style Oval-Hole Mandolin Black Antique Varnish

The Eastman MD814/V F-Style Oval-Hole Mandolin is based on the groundbreaking designs by Orville Gibson in the late part of the 19th century, blending traditional mandolin and violin construction principles.

Price: $2349 CAD
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Eastman MD815-V F-Style F-Hole Mandolin Antique Varnish

Eastman MD815-V F-Style F-Hole Mandolin Antique Varnish

The Eastman MD815-V F-Style F-Hole Mandolin is one of the most recognisable mandolin designs, based on the groundbreaking work of Orville Gibson in the late part of the 19th century, blending traditional mandolin and violin construction principles.  The F-Style mandolin has become one of the benchmark instruments for country, bluegrass, celtic, and traditional music forms.  And, if you take a listen to Chris Thile, they can do Bach to the full potential of the player.  Closely related to the Eastman MD814-V model, the F soundhole and its enhanced treble attack tilts the Eastman MD815-V towards Bluegrass and Country repertoires, compared to the F-holes on the MD815/V.

Price: $2349 CAD
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