Paul Duff F-5 #20615

 
 

Paul Duff F-5 #20615.  Handmade by world-class luthier Paul Duff in Western Australia, this beauty has finally landed after being held by U.S. Fish and Wildlife.  I guess the USFW realized what a beast this thing is!  The sound is jaw-dropping: right out of the box:  it has volume, power, and tone. In fact, it has everything a top professional or discerning amateur would want in a mandolin.  The sonic range does not quit, from the solid woody G string all the way up to the highest fret.  Specifications are patterned after a 1923 Gibson F-5 and include:  red spruce tap-tuned top, tone bar bracing, Eastern hard maple, dovetail neck joint, flat ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl dots, ebony Loar reproduction bridge, nickel-plated Golden Age tuners with ivoroid buttons, 1 1/16 inch mother of pearl nut, Silver plated engraved James tailpiece, hand-stained sunburst with varnish finish.  Includes form-fitted Presto fiberglass case.  This is one of the finest top grade F-5 style mandolins you can by; it ranks in sound and quality with instruments of much higher price ranges.  Now available at www.mandolincentral.com, total cost includes case: $9000.