MandoBird
Epiphone MandoBird IV, sunburst. $350.
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.
     This 4-string MandoBird has signs of use, with light surface scratching and player wear, but is well set up and ready to keep making music. Single-coil pickup and tone & volume controls. Gig bag included. See more photos, or for more information. $350 plus shipping.