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February 2, 2012 | Available: Mann SEM-5 solid body single cutaway

We like to check in on the "In-stock" instruments over at premium electric mandolin builder Jonathon Mann's website. Once in a while a real bargain pops up like this 5-string beauty for only $1650, with case:


SEM-5 solid body single cutaway. Curly maple top with vintage amber finish, curly walnut back, gold hardware, 14.7" scale, rosewood fretboard, Dimarzio Pro track and Tone zone S pickups. G&G vintage style hard case.

The Tennessee craftsman has really come of his own in a few short years, developing an international reputation with his innovative designs. With its signature neck-though body and modernized LP silhouette, this would be a good one to snag!

If you have a spare few minutes, check out his YouTube demos. If you're new to the world of electric mandolins, he does a terrific job of surveying the electronics of his line.

Purchase information: SEM-5 solid body single cutaway
Manndolins YouTube demonstration channel
Read archive review: EM-5 Electric 5-String Mandolin

Nice shirt, Jon!

Posted by Ted at February 2, 2012 8:31 AM

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