2006 Wayne Henderson F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 99) Near mint condition. Signed April 3, 2006. Wayne is a bluegrass legend on the Crooked Road in southern Virginia. In 1991 he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship. Wayne is widely acknowledged as one of the great modern master builders of both guitars and mandolins. It is also difficult to get one of his instruments. He is known for his "one instrument per person per lifetime" rule. Instruments are handmade, one at a time. This mandolin is impressive - the fit and the thin hand rubbed varnish sunburst finish is great, the action is easy and the tone is there. Incredible flamed and quilted maple sides, neck and one piece back. The top is red spruce. All high grade parts - ebony fingerboard and bridge, pearl logo and inlay, pearl tuner buttons, gold plated Schaller tuners, gold plated hardware, and grained ivoriod binding. The fretboard is scooped to eliminate pick click. Very lightweight and resonate mandolin.It was drilled in the side for a pickguard but the pickguard is missing. I called Wayne and found out this mandolin was made for a local southern Virginia picker. There was an accident and the top was severely damaged. Wayne himself re-topped the mandolin. Now, there's two camps on mandolin sound. The Loar F5 was made to play in ensembles, so it has a good midrange as well as bass and treble. Many modern mandolins are looking for a deep woody woof on the bottom, sometimes decent trebles, but usually lack in the mids. This mandolin is firmly in the Loar camp. Its a very well balanced mandolin across the strings, with strong even tonal response. Yes, you have the chop but you also have the rest of the notes as well. The frets were dressed and the mandolin was just set up by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. Here is a link to a video of this mandolin as played by Richie. Comes with a Hoffee carbon fiber hard shell case.

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