Jerman
Andrew Jerman 8-string. $600.
Here's a mandolin with a storied past from Indiana-based Andrew Jerman. I haven't seen many mandolins from Andrew in this particular narrow-waisted, double-cutaway style. The points may look symmetrical, but they're not quite, the bass point being just a little higher.
     This 8-stringer has a solid body of figured birch, with a flame maple top, ebony fretboard, maple neck, and rosewood headstock overlay with torch and logo. It was built in 2010, but has been newly refinished by the builder in tobacco sunburst.
     The adjustable neck has only the slightest amount of relief, and the mandolin plays easily. It sports a pair of Almuse humbucker pickups with separate volume controls, along with a tone knob and two 3-way switches: a selector switch for either pickup or both, and a 3-way switch for the bridge pickup: single coil tap/humbucker/out of phase. Nickel chrome hardware, including Grover tuners and Strat-style tailpiece/bridge with Graphtech saddles. Standard 13.875" scale. Adjustable truss rod in the neck.
     Andrew Jerman runs a one-man shop producing high-quality instruments at very reasonable prices. A Jerman e-mando offers probably the most bang for the buck of any solidbody electric available today. Gig bag included. See more photos, or for more information. $600 plus shipping.