Franzke Mandolins
Sole luthier bluegrass mandolins from £2395.

**** Mark had to stop using the Flinthills name because there was a mass produced line using it.***

I'm not a gambling man but I took one here. One evening while surfing the web I chanced across the Flinthills Mandolins website, I was so taken with the quality of Mark Franzke's work we exchanged a few emails and had a phone conversation or two. I then took the plunge and ordered two mandolins. I had never heard his name before but figured that someone able to work to such high aesthetic standards might know a thing or two about tone.

The gamble paid off, I think Flinthills is the best kept secret in the mandolin world today.. not for long... Mark works alone in his workshop in the flint hills of Kansas making these immaculate mandolins, get one before the prices go up.

  1. Flinthills/Franzke F5 special USED

    Flinthills/Franzke F5 special USED

    £1,995.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £57.49 per month with 10% deposit
    Used F5 special made by Mark Franzke before he changed the name to Franzke mandolins. Gorgeous Autumn brown gloss sunburst, single bound top and back, solid cast Allen tailpiece, tight tiger striped flamed maple back and sides and mother of pearl logo and headstok inlay. Its loud with powerful mids giving a great 'woof' of air from a chop chord, solid and woody bases and clear, well defined sharp trebles. Great for bluegrass, as mentioned, but it also has a richness in tone to make it a very versatile mandolin. With TKL case.

    It has some honest play wear but is structurally sound with no issues. Hence the amazing price, this is one heck of a lot of F5 for a tad under two grand.

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  2. Franzke A5

    Franzke A5

    Out of stock
    It has a very balanced sound with full basses, rich and complex mids and clear, ringing trebles. The chop is what I refer to as 'musical' plenty of power and cut but with warmth and richness. Great for bluegrass and almost any other style of playing.

    Top Engelmann Spruce
    Back/Sides Red Maple
    Fretboard Ebony
    Inlay Reconstituted Stone
    Bindings Maple/black/maple
    Truss rod Fixed double carbon fiber
    Tailpiece James engraved
    Bridge Bill James
    Tuners Golden Age
    Finish French polished Spirit Varnish
    Frets Gold EVO
    Case Guardian molded

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  3. Franzke A4

    Franzke A4

    Out of stock
    This beauty has a very even sound from the lowest G all the way up the fretboard, not biased towards the bass notes like so many oval holed mandolins. The tone is very full and sweet with great individual note definition, fantastic for folk/old time and many more styles.

    Top Engelmann Spruce
    Back/Sides Red Maple
    Neck Maple
    Fretboard Ebony
    Inlay Reconstituted Stone
    Bindings Maple/bloodwood/maple
    Truss rod Fixed double carbon fiber
    Tailpiece James engraved
    Bridge Bill James
    Tuners Golden Age
    Finish French polished Spirit Varnish
    Frets Gold EVO
    Case Guardian molded



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  4. Franzke A4 red sunburst

    Franzke A4 red sunburst

    Out of stock
    With an Adirondack top, flamed red maple back and sides, abalone headstock inlay and position markers, ebony fretboard and Cumberland Acoustics bridge, the amazing James tailpiece, Grover tuners, carbon fibre truss rod and a TKL case this is quite a package.

    It has lots of the deep bottom end of an oval holed mandolin but with brighter mids and top end than most, great for folk, old time and many other styles but not a bluegrasser.

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  5. Franzke A5 blonde SOLD

    Franzke A5 blonde SOLD

    Out of stock
    Stunning blonde A5 from Mark with an Adirondack top, flamed maple back and sides, ebony fretboard and Cumberland Acoustics bridge, James tailpiece, Golden age tuners, adjustable carbon fibre truss rod and a hard case.

    This is my kind of f hole sound, rich and full with plenty of bark and chop. Great for bluegrass but with the depth and complexity of tone for many other styles.

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