Ryder EM35
Ryder EM-35, blond, 5-string, humbucker. $1,200. ON HOLD.
Here's an outstanding 5-string electric jazz mandolin from Steve Ryder in Maine, inspired by the Gibson Super 400 guitar. Mahogany cutaway semi-hollow body, red spruce top with 3-ply binding. Adjustable mahogany neck with ebony headstock overlay; radiused ebony fretboard with jumbo frets and pearloid markers. 13.9" scale; nut width is a spacious 1 3/8". Ebony adjustable bridge and bound pickguard. Sealed Gotoh tuners. Built in 2005.
     Pickup is a 5-pole humbucker; tone and volume controls help you shape the sound. Steve winds these pickups by hand, and they sound delicious. Despite being 13 years old, it was evidently played very little. However, it does have some lacquer checks. These cannot be seen when looking at the instrument straight on, but do become evident if you hold it at an angle. Also, the cover of the 2-piece tailpiece is missing.
     It's a full-on professional-grade instrument from one of the very best makers, it plays comfortably and easily, and it's just about all you could ask for in a 5-string electric. Original hardshell case included. See more photos, or for more information. $1,200 plus shipping. 48-hour approval period.