Frank Devenport 4-string, Dakota red. $850.
This looks a great deal like a customized (Famous Model) by (Famous Maker),
but it isn't; it's just a very accurate copy by Frank Devenport of Los Angeles.
Frank tried to put his name on the headstock, but evidently Frank is a very
bad speller, and his name came out looking more like the logo of (Famous
Maker). I've blurred it out in the photo, just so (Famous Maker) doesn't
Poplar body is slab cut (no contour), with bolt-on maple
neck and rosewood bridge. Vintage-style closed-gear tuners with metal buttons,
not the celluloid buttons favored by (Famous Maker). Bridge has 4 individual
saddles, an improvement over the 2-saddle bridges used by (Famous Maker), and unlike mandolins
built by (Famous Maker), this one has no neck plate. Pearloid pickguard
and twin-blade humbucking pickup, not the single-coil favored by (Famous
Maker). It all adds up to a versatile and extremely good-looking little
axe that will make people do double takes, at a much more comfortable price
than original (Famous Maker) mandolins. Used. Good condition, although there are
a couple of small cracks in the pickguard and the mandolin could use a
good cleaning overall. (I took a layer of grime off with guitar polish,
and I'll see if I can find a safe way to remove the rest.)
Standard gig bag included, or upgrade to a custom gig bag or hardshell case. See more photos, or
for more information. $850 plus shipping. 48-hour approval period.