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  • Givens A5 mid 1970s.

    Number 118 from Bob, mid 1970's or thereabouts. This A5 has a bound headstock, pickguard, radiussed fretboard scooped at the 23rd and 24th frets (possibly not original), Schaller tuners and Allen tailpiece. It's been well played but has no issues. It sounds like all great mandolins should... Incredible volume, separation and projection known to few mandolins but without sacrificing bass and sustain. Deep and rich at the lower end, a sweet, vibrant mid range and clear and bright in the high notes, great for bluegrass or any other mandolin style. With Golden Gate ABS case an McIntyre pickup.

     

    This is a fine example of his work with the characteristic Givens sound. Warm and deep bass with phenomenal mids giving that rare chop that is both powerful and musical. The trebles are strong and clear, a great bluegrasser but with enough depth and character to be good for all styles.

     

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  • Weber Bitterroot A4 Octave Mandolin: A style, oval hole.

    A4 style octave mandolin with hand graduated spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides. It as a 20" scale length making it very easy to play and 1 3/8" nut with a traditional Brekke bridge (adjustable under tension). The top is bound, the fretboard is radiussed and bound ebony and it has a solid/cast stainless steel tailpiece, dual action truss rod, Grover tuners, Celtic knot and 'Weber' headstock design and a custom hard case.

    It has a fantastic full and warm tone with deep and well defined bass notes, rich and complex mids and clear, ringing trebles. Add the great playability and you have a very versatile octave mandolin.

    Weber mandolins, click here.

     

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  • Baranik Retreux Parlor 'Copper Tone' Used.

    I'm in love! Cute, beautiful and gorgeous, plays like a dream and sounds like heaven.

     

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  • Collings MT Mandola with gloss top.

    All the depth and warmth you would expect from a great mandola but with the legendary Collings definition and projection. Yes you can have it all, resonance and clarity in one package.

     

    Collings mandolins click here.

     

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  • Weber Yellowstone A5: A style, f hole, honey/tortoise USED.

    Excellent condition, save over £600 on the new price.

     

    A beautiful Yellowstone A5 in the honey and tortoise finish. It features an Adirondack/red spruce top, gorgeous flamed maple back and sides, tone bar bracing, ebony radiussed fretboard and bound top, back, fretboard and headstock. It has a one and one eighth nut width, dual action adjustable truss rod and gloss finish.

     

    This is a remarkable Bluegrass mandolin (if the Bluegrass police don't catch you without the scroll...) with a loud and clear chop and fantastic projection but also great for any other style of playing with warmth and depth and great response from a gentler touch.

    With original Weber hardshell case.

     

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  • Old Wave mandola/mandolin USED.

    Old Wave mandolin/mandola, tuned CGDAE, in great shape, with hardshell case.

    It has a sixteen inch scale and plays beautifully with great depth of tone, solid well defined bass notes, rich and full mids and clear trebles. Add the mandola low C to the mandolin and you have a very versatile instrument.

    Used mandolins, click here.

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  • Weber Yellowstone A5: A style, f hole, trad sunburst USED. £1995.

    In excellent condition, save £1000 on the new price.

    A beautiful Yellowstone A5 in the traditional sunburst finish. It features an Adirondack/red spruce top, gorgeous flamed maple back and sides, tone bar bracing, ebony radiussed fretboard and bound top, back, fretboard and headstock. It has a one and one eighth nut width, dual action adjustable truss rod and gloss finish. This is a fantastic Bluegrass mandolin (if the Bluegrass police don't catch you without the scroll...) but also great for any other style of playing. With hardshell case.

     

    Used mandolins, click here.

     

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  • Buendia modified dreadnought Swiss spruce and fiddleback mahogany.

    Leo does it a gain! The last modified dreadnought I had from him sold very quickly. I am not expecting this beauty to be here for long. The workmanship is impeccable, take a look at the rosette and matching end graft and headstock inlay.

    The sound is equally outstanding. Many of Ervin Somogyi’s former apprentices make the mod D model and with very good reason, it has all the power and volume you can get from an acoustic guitar with immense headroom. The Swiss spruce a fiddleback mahogany in this very fine example give fantastic clarity. You get incredible depth and richness of tone with great balance with all the notes form the lowest to the highest having equal definition and projection. This is a stunning guitar.

     

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