Far more than the F5 model, the basic design of the A5 is open to almost limitless interpretation, adaptation and refinement. The keys to success are taste, competence and a lot of careful planning before the first piece of wood is even cut.

As you look through my gallery and listen to the sound clips, I’m sure you’ll find an A5-inspired model that appeals to you – whether it’s a simple homage to the original A5 or a strikingly new design created in collaboration with a particularly visionary client.

Standard Materials:

 

My standard A5 mandolin is built in the traditional teardrop shape using the finest high-figure maple back, sides and neck; choice hand-split spruce top; ebony fingerboard and bridge; Schaller tuning machines; spirit varnish (made in house); fully bound body, fingerboard and headstock; and mother-of-pearl inlays. For custom modifications to the basic design, please inquire.

 

Scale Length: 13-7/8"

 

Base Price: 

Options:

 

One-piece back 

Koa back and sides, mahogany neck 

Gold hardware (includes solid cast brass tailpiece) 

Waverly Tuners Inquire

Adirondack Red Spruce

Genuine mother of pearl tuning buttons (Schaller) 

Solid ebony pickguard (finger rest):

Reverse binding with fully mitred corners

Custom mother of pearl and abalone inlay