Andrew Jerman 5-string baritone, red. $1,400.
Indiana's Andrew Jerman enjoys an excellent reputation for building affordable electric mandolins with high-quality materials and components. On the other hand, he doesn't build full time, so his stuff is hard to find.
     Here's a bit of an experiment: originally built as an 8-string octave mandolin, this instrument has been converted by the builder to a 5-string baritone mandolin for GDAEB tuning. Semi-hollow mahogany body with flame maple cap in bright red. Maple neck with ebony fretboard, 21.875" scale. Single-action truss rod. Custom hardtail bridge with individual saddles. A pair of twin-rail humbuckers with volume and tone controls, selector switch and series/parallel switch. Nut width is 1.21875"; string spacing at the bridge is 10.5mm.
     Following the conversion work, this instrument has new electronics and a completely new finish job, so it's in excellent condition. A Jerman e-mando offers as much bang for the buck as any solidbody electric available today. Gig bag included. See more photos, call 425/772-0231, or for more information. $1,400 plus shipping.