Jerman
Andrew Jerman 8-string. $550.
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. When completed in 2010, it was bright purple. A previous owner hung it in a window for years and the sunlight did a number on the finish. Now it's a faded purple in some spots and a sort of dark greenish blue in others. Call it "distressed." 
     There have been a couple of modifications: the original adjustable saddles have been removed from the bridge and replaced with a single compensated rosewood saddle. The neck has been repositioned slightly to accommodate the new saddle, resulting in a small channel mismatch between the neck and body on the bass side. A piezo pickup under the bridge used to connect to a separate headphone jack, but that jack has been removed and the hole covered with a black plate, and the piezo's lead has been soldered in with the other pickup wires. There's a lot of playing wear and surface scratches, including buckle rash on the back. And there are several small chips in the finish. 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: one is a pickup selector for the humbuckers; the other corresponded to the piezo and probably doesn't have a current function. Nickel chrome hardware, including Grover tuners and Strat-style tailpiece/bridge with custom rosewood saddle. 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, or upgrade to a hardshell case. See more photos, or for more information. $550 plus shipping.