Rono semi-hollow 5-string by Ron Oates. $2,500.
This 2004 Rono standard 5-string is in great shape and appears to have spent most of its life in the case.
Ron Oates' instruments are played by Michael Kang
of the String Cheese Incident, and are highly sought after by jazz and jamband
players. They're also notoriously hard to get, but here at least is an answer
for one lucky mandolinist.
Bookmatched flame maple top in a reddish sunburst, with back
and sides of what appear to be alder or possibly clear maple. Set maple neck.
Ebony headstock overlay and fretboard with jumbo frets. Gold Gotoh tuners. Bill Lawrence blade pickups: single-coil in the neck position
and twin-rail humbucker in the bridge position, with 3-way switch and ebony
tone/volume knobs, with a push-pull rail splitter in the volume knob. "Rono" banner and hula hoop dancer inlay on
headstock. 14.5" scale. Clear plastic pickguard. Its condition is
virtually new, with no noticeable player wear or significant blemishes. Protec ProPac semi-hardshell
case included. See more photos
for more information. $2,500 plus shipping.