Donnell
Ken Donnell 5-string. $2,500.
Ken Donnell is perhaps best known as the designer of the Miniflex line of internal instrument microphones. But in the early 1980s, Ken was the proprietor of Manzanita Music in Nevada City, Calif., and a part-time luthier who built several electric mandolins, including this 5-string. It reportedly weighs 4 lbs. 15 oz. and has remarkable sustain. It has three EMG pickups, a bridge made by Stars Guitars in San Francisco, and a neck made by Warmouth Guitar Products of Puyallup, Wash.
     Blond finish on solid slab body with deep single cutaway; mahogany neck; black pickguard. Schaller tuners, tone and volume controls an 3-way pickup selector switch. Through-body stringing; Strat-style bridge/tailpiece with individual saddles.
     It has acquired its share of wear and some nicks and scratches over the past 35 years, but is still in good playing shape. Comes with a handmade, foam-lined hardshell case. This is a rare opportunity at a custom instrument by a largely unheralded but idiosyncratic builder.
     See more photos, or for more information. $2,500 plus shipping. 48-hour approval period.