2015 Buckeye F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 015075) Near mint condition - looks nearly unplayed. Pete Hart of Guysville, Ohio has been building mandolins for a while and know how to get the bluegrass sound he is looking for. Just ask Herb Applin, John Keith, John Rigsby, and Johnny Staats, all of whom were known to play Buckeye mandolins. He only builds around a dozen instruments a year, sometimes less. This one has the back, sides and neck of hard curly sugar maple from Ohio. The curl pattern is called micro curl and it is rare. The top is Carpathian spruce and the tone bars are Adirondack red spruce. The bridge and fretboard are ebony and the tuners look like Gotahs with pearl buttons. The mandolin is fitted with a James tailpiece. The finish is Petes own system, which is a thin coat of lacquer over base coats of varnish. It is very light in weight and, although I think the mandolin needs to be played in a bit more, it has a killer throaty, responsive tone with a dry dark woody chop, clear trebles, and excellent volume. Luthier Richie Dotson just set the mandolin up. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Comes with a nice hard shell case.

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