2009 ODell F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 007) Excellent plus condition, varnish finish. Black top with a dark stained natural finish on the back back and sides. Built by luthier Keith ODell in North Carolina. Odell mandolins are awarded as prizes at Merlefest. Its not a black painted top, its a very dark stain that still shows the wood grain. Keith has been building for a while and knows how to get the tone out of a mandolin. This is a traditional F5 style with a solid Carpathian spruce top, varnish finish, highly figured soft maple back and sides, traditional peghead sytyle, 1 3/16 inch nut, radiused ebony fretboard with big frets, silver James tailpiece, and Gotah nickle open back tuners with pearl buttons. The X-braced top give a good percussive chop. Keith O'dell just reworked the neck, shaving it down a bit, and set up the mandolin. The mandlion has a speed neck, where the finish has been professionally removed from the back of the neck and the area is then oiled to give faster picking and to eliminate gumming up on the neck when you are playing outdoors in the summer. Excellent sounding very responsive mandolin with strong volume and a sweet rich tone that will get loud and chop when needed. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instument, as played by local luthier and all around picker Richie Dotson. Comes with the original hardshell case.
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