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February 21, 2013 | Rare one-off Mann 5 String electric mandolin

Mann5_Hdstk.pngUp for grabs and to a welcome home, a beautiful one-of-a-kind 5-string electric mandolin from Tennessee builder. He tells us, "This is one I started a few years ago and just recently finished up. Honduran Mahogany flat back body is a little deeper than my EM model." We assume the longer 14.7" scale packs this instrument with extra sustain, and the deeper body even more string fundamental.

We've enjoyed Jon's craft personally, including a recently acquired 5-string custom made baritone emando (GDAEB). Over a decade in this specialty, he's a leading world class builder of electric mandolins, known for his unique signature neck-through designs.

Be sure to watch the Artist Video Series segment below produced by Mel Bay documenting more of Jon's history and philosophy of building instruments. He's great to work with, a long line of very satisfied customers.


One piece carved curly redwood top.
Ebony fretboard, tailpiece and bridge saddle
Rosewood peghead overlay and bridge base
14.7" scale length, 12" radius
1 7/32" nut width. banjo size fretwire, 2-way truss rod.
Dimarzio protrack pickup with push/pull tone control to switch pickup from series to parallel
Black hardware
Natural water-base finish with gloss top and satin back
Set up with Daddario flats and low action, great for jazz!
Comes with gigbag but should fit in F style case.

Selling Price: $1400.00



Builder Website:

Jon was a professional songwriter before his artistry at the bench making his highly sought after instruments. From the video and his library of YouTube demonstrations, it's obvious he's an accomplished picker, too.

Video link: Jonathan Mann Interview

Posted by Ted at February 21, 2013 7:48 AM

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