I've owned this handmade F5 for 19 years, but I'm moving on to a different mandolin as my main axe and looking to thin the herd a little.
During the 1990s and early 2000s Brad Donaldson, a Seattle-area luthier, was building a good reputation in the Pacific Northwest and selling mandolins in the $3-4K range. He retired from his day job and relocated to Cannon Beach, Oregon, where he eventually did set up a shop and restart his luthiery business
— but as far as I can tell, he now builds ukuleles exclusively.
I played a bunch of Brad's mandolins back when he was actively building them, and this one remains my favorite. The serial number is MF-59. It has a very attractive reddish sunburst finish and is in good condition, with small nicks and scratches from a lot of gigging, but no major issues. I almost always had Brad work on it when it needed anything
— he cut off the fretboard extension and rebound the end, refretted it, and replaced the original 2-piece tailpiece with a 1-piece cast one by Gary Price. It has a "blended Fishman" pickup system: a Fishman piezo bridge and a Crown GLM100 microphone, wired to a stereo jack attached to the pickguard. If you have a dual-source preamp, you can blend both signals to get outstanding plugged-in tone.
Back and sides are flamed maple; neck is birdseye. It has a reverse truss rod, meaning the adjustment screw is located under the fretboard. The top is either Sitka or Engelmann spruce, I forget which. It doesn't have classic bluegrass tone, perhaps due in part to the choice of top wood
— it's a little sweeter and softer than your typical bluegrass cannon. But it would be an excellent choice for other types of music, including Celtic, folk or even classical.
Comes with a hardshell case, armrest, and Tone-Gard. I will leave the pickup installed if you want it, but will also throw in the original bridge saddle should you wish to change it back. The pickup requires a stereo cable, which can be hard to find, so I'll include one of those as well, along with instructions. Can throw in a strap if you like.
Possible extras include a Calton case, or a cover for a standard shaped case, by Small Dog or Colorado Case Co. Prices for those items would be in addition to the cost of the mandolin.
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