Hand made bluegrass mandolins from £1250
Audey Ratliff is one of the longest established and most respected small builders in the USA. Audey has been making fine bluegrass mandolins in Church Hill, in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains in North Eastern Tennessee since 1982. All of his amazing mandolins are completely hand crafted from the finest materials, solid spruce and flamed maple, ebony fingerboards and bridges, limited numbers are available.
In an article in September 2007 Bluegrass Unlimited, Adam Steffey, who was a pupil of Audey's and has owned several of his mandolins said "I think he's still probably the most unrecognised talent at what he does as anybody in the world." Now I've played a Ratliff I couldn't agree more.
Ratliff A5 Country Boy£1,195.00In stockThis is a whole lot of mandolin for £1250! I have been working with Audey for many years now and have always thought his mandolins were very well priced for their great sound and build quality.
This beauty has a solid spruce top, sold maple back and sides - all hand carved - bound top and headstock, 1 1/316" nut width and it comes with a tweed TKL case.
Ratliff R4 SOLDSoldSOLD. Next on due September 2013. £2350.
This is a whole lot of hand made F4 for this kinda' money! Immaculate finishing, gorgeous headstock inlay, engraved tailpiece cover, solid spruce, maple and ebony and the work of a master. Remarkable balance and projection, with deep well, defined bass, sweet and warm mid range and sweet and clear trebles. With deluxe TKL rectangular case.
Ratliff R5SoldAnother beautiful F5 from Audey in spruce and gorgeous flamed maple with 1 3/32" nut width, flat ebony ebony fretboard, ebony bridge, beautiful mother of pearl headstock inlay and logo, engraved tailpiece and rectangular TKL case.
It plays like a dream with a very earthy tone, full and rich with great clarity, great chops and enough volume for you know what.... A fantastic bluegrass cannon and all-rounder.
Ratliff F5 Country Boy SOLDSoldIts been a while since you could get a hand made in the US of A F5 with a full scroll for under two grand, never mind £400 under..
Audey has produced the Country Boy range specifically to allow players without big bucks to get a quality mandolin at a good price. Satin finish and no bindings bot no short cuts in the build quality and tone.
This one has a beautiful figured maple back and great tone. Its chops with power and clarity and that lovely mid range throughtiness that I love, it can shout sing and croon.
Ratliff RA4 SOLDSoldAudey does it again… there aren’t many makers around that can get this close to the sound of a teens Gibson A with a new instrument. With a beautiful wide grained Norway spruce top and quartersawn maple back and sides, this stunning A4 has a one and three thirty seconds nut width, bound headstock (with inlaid mother of pearl logo and diamond), fretboard, top and back and ebony flat fretboard and bridge, engraved tailpiece cover and mother of pearl position markers. With hard case.
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