Ovation MM68
Ovation MM68, red. $1,400.
The Ovation MM68 is one of the best American-made acoustic/electric mandolins you can get. (It's far superior to other mandolins in the Ovation line—MAE148, MCS148, MM68AX—which are made overseas and have suffered from poor quality control.) Purpose-built as an acoustic/electric, it features Ovation's state-of-the-art onboard OP-24+ preamp, with volume control and 3-band EQ. If you need good amplified acoustic tone at high volume levels without feedback, and without having to mess with extra EQs or signal processing, then the MM68 is your best friend.
      Near mint condition, with very little play wear. The only complaint is a couple of rusty screws on the preamp plate. Solid spruce top in glorious red, with rounded back of space-age composite plastic. 13-7/8" scale. High-grade tuners and components; custom onboard pickup. Serial number 493194. Hardshell case included; the case has seen a good deal of wear, especially at the corners where some bare wood is showing through. Tragically, Ovation has ceased production of the MM68. When available, it listed for $2,149, but you can get it here for substantially less. It is becoming increasingly scarce, so snap up this one while you can.
     See more photos, call 425/772-0231, or for more information. $1,400 plus shipping.