1986 Kettler F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 126) Excellent condition. Everett Kettler built mandolins in Vermont until the mid-1980s, then he started building horse racing carriages. His mandolins are highly prized by those that have them, and rightfully so. This one is likely one of the last that he built. It has many of the Kettler characteristics- 1 1/8 nut, V shaped neck which feels slimmer than it is, bound body, fretboard and peghead, flat fretboard with big frets, pointed freboard extension, smaller F holes, and of course the tree frog peghead inlay. Back and sides are dark stained flamed maple, the top is spruce (likely Sitka), the fretboard and bridge are ebony, and the hardware looks like quality Gotah tuners. Fitted with a silver James tailpiece with the name Kettler engraved on it. Excellent sounding instrument with a deeep woof on the bottom and clear trebles on the top. Shows some typlical playing and handling wear on the top. This instrument has just been set up by my luthier and is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original black TKL shaped hardshell case.
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