New Ratliff R5 Country Boy Mandolin
(Serial No. 1184) New with lifetime warranty to the original owner, very dark red brown finish. Audey only build about 18 mandolins a year. Getting a new one to sell is tough - every dealer out there wants one, as they are excellent mandolins. Ratliff builds a fine looking and fine sounding mandolin. Build quality is top notch, as good as it gets. This is the new Country Boy model R5 from Audey. The Country Boy is built the same as the top of the line F5 from Ratliff, with a satin finish, not as much trim, with a single bound top and unbound back and headstock. It still has all the design features that give Ratliffs their tone and power. This is the classic F5 scroll style mandolin with the long neck, f holes, and the elevated ebony fretboard with dot inlays. Nut width is 1 1/8 inch. It features a figured maple back and sides (not cherry as indicated in the You Tube video) with a maple neck. It also features a hand-carved Adirondack red spruce top and is top bound only. Tradional flat fretboard thats slightly shortened to eliminate pick click in the sweet spot. Decal logo. Fit and finish is as good as the big builders, and the sound is there. Even though its a new mandolin, it has that woody bluegrass bark and the excellent volume and tone that these mandolins are known for. Check out the video Audey posted of this very mandolin: click here. Here is another short video clip of luthier Richie Dotson picking some bluegrass. Comes with a new hardshellcase.

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