Epiphone MandoBird VIII, sunburst, 2010. $550.
In its day, the Epiphone MandoBird made itself heard loud and clear in the e-mando market. It's known for being affordable and not terribly high-end, but it has served well as a gateway instrument to pique the interest of players and audiences alike. Some players—including no less a professional than the phenomenal Carrie Rodriguez—find that a MandoBird meets their musical needs perfectly.
     Although discontinued, the MandoBird has lost none of its appeal. They don't come up for sale as often as you might imagine, and when available they tend to be snapped up quickly. But here's one you can grab today: Serial number SI06020037. Mahogany body with mahogany bolt-on neck. Single-coil pickup and tone & volume controls. Sunburst finish; excellent condition with only light player wear. Gig bag included, or upgrade to a hardshell case.
     See more photos, call 425/772-0231, or for more information. $550 plus shipping. 48-hour approval period.