Blue Star Mandoblaster 5-string by Bruce Herron. $550.
Blue Star
Michigan luthier Bruce Herron has been making fun, affordable electric Blue Star Mandoblasters for as long as I can remember, and that's quite a track record. You may have seen Blue Stars in the hands of pro players like Otis Taylor, Bucky Baxter (with Bob Dylan), or Don Herron of BR5-49.
     This 5-string Mandoblaster (serial number 142) features a custom red "psycho-burst" phenolic finish, a single-coil lipstick-tube pickup, 2-piece black/pearloid pickguard, volume and tone controls, tuneable bridge with fully adjustable saddles, 14" scale length, 1-3/8" nut width, ebony fretboard with standard mandolin fretwire, and 1-piece maple neck. The new list price on a Mandoblaster is $850. Get one here for less.
     Slight wear, including a small dent and two small dings on the back, but excellent condition overall. Gig bag included, or upgrade to a custom gig bag or hardshell case. See more photos, or for more information. $550 plus shipping.