Schwab 5-string #69, 1989. $1,600.
Here's a striking 5-string from Kevin Schwab, the Minnesota-based dean of electric mandolin luthiers. Features include a solid ash body, nickel hardware, maple neck, rosewood fretboard, Schaller tuners, and a pair of hot Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups. Custom bridge, tone and volume controls; there's a 3-way pickup selector switch and a toggle switch for each pickup. Blond finish; it's in great shape for an instrument almost 30 years old. Like most instruments made of ash, it's on the heavy side, but the Duncans provide plenty of bite and it sustains forever. Original hardshell case has some wear to the foam lining, which has been covered with fabric.
     Of course there is some player wear and light finish checking, but overall it's in fine shape for an instrument of this vintage.
     Here's the bad news: Kevin Schwab has retired and won't be building any more electric mandolins. It was hard enough to find one while he was active, and now it's harder. But this one is here waiting for you. See more photos, or for more information. $1,600 plus shipping.