MandoBird
11112309325
MandoBird
SID06060086
MandoBird
0806231005
Epiphone MandoBird IV. $400–450.
In its day, the Epiphone MandoBird made itself heard loud and clear in the e-mando market. It's known for being affordable and not terribly high-end, but it has served well as a gateway instrument to pique the interest of players and audiences alike. Some players—including no less a professional than the phenomenal Carrie Rodriguez—find that a MandoBird meets their musical needs perfectly.
     Although discontinued, the MandoBird has lost none of its appeal. They don't come up for sale as often as you might imagine, and when available they tend to be snapped up quickly. Mahogany body with mahogany bolt-on neck. Single-coil pickup and tone & volume controls. I have three MandoBird IVs available:
  1. Serial number 11112309325. Sunburst. This MandoBird is near mint, with no sign of wear or use. Gig bag included. See more photos, call 425/772-0231, or for more information. $450 plus shipping.
  2. Serial number SID06060086. Black. This MandoBird is used but in good shape, with minor dings and surface scratches, and a blemish on the end of the headstock. Gig bag included. See more photos, call 425/772-0231, or for more information. $550 plus shipping.
  3. Serial number 0806231005. Sunburst. This MandoBird has some light "buckle rash" on the back, but curiously, no signs of play wear on the top: no fretwear or plectrum scratches on the pickguard. Perhaps it was held in someone's lap and strummed with the fingertips. Set up with comfortable action. Warranty card in the pocket of the included gig bag. See more photos, call 425/772-0231, or for more information. $450 plus shipping.