Ryder EM35
Ryder EM-35, blond, 5-string, humbucker. $1,125.
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. Sealed Gotoh tuners. Weber-style 1-piece cast tailpiece. Built in 2013.
     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. The bridge saddle also ahs an embedded piezo pickup, and there's a 3-way toggle switch to select or blend the pickups—but the piezo is much quieter than the humbucker, so the pickups aren't exactly balanced. Chambered body with convenient rear access panel for a 9-volt battery. Very good condition; light to moderate player wear.
     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. $1,125 plus shipping. 48-hour approval period.