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1985 Ratliff F-5 Mandolin

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     Exc (-) condition. Width at nut: 1 1/16". Lovely traditional sunburst. Rounded V-profile neck with slim feel.
     Mildly figured maple back, sides, and neck. Spruce top. Ebony peghead overlay, flat fingerboard, and bridge. Double-cut fingerboard extension has been scalloped. Multiple ivoroid bindings: top and back of body show black line on top and back edge and top edge around peghead. Single ivoroid-bound fingerboard. Medium dot inlays in fingerboard. Ratliff logo at center of peghead with nice floral pattern in center of peghead. Nickel hardware. Appears to be Gotoh tuners with ebony buttons. Traditional two-piece nickel tailpiece has engraved cover. Some polite finish checking but nothing serious. Evidence of wear on frets but not needing milling. Frets are fine and serviceable; nothing needed.
     Very strong chop without working too hard with the pick. Pleasant and lively highs. E string is particularly lovely. This is a highly playable mandolin.

$2,350.00 w/ Travelite-style case

Shipping Cost: $40.00
* Domestic US Ground with insurance