Wilson WF-5 #27
This instrument strongly replicates a “Lloyd Loar” signed F-5 model of the early to mid 1920s. With Englemann Spruce top, one piece Red Maple back and Red Maple neck and sides, the instrument is equipped with high end hardware including: Bill James tail piece, Cumberland Acoustics repro bridge and Gotoh tuners retrofitted with mother of pearl buttons and period correct machine and mounting screws. The neck is consistent with many vintage instruments, radiused fretboard, nickel silver frets and mother of pearl nut measuring 1 1/8″ at the nut. The pick guard (finger rest) is authentically replicated with a celluloid/steel rod reinforced backing plate.
This is a very strong vintage sounding instrument with consistent tone across the fretboard and excellent volume. Offering at $5800 including hard shell case.
Wilson WA-5 #25
Wilson WA-5 #25 strongly replicates the only “Lloyd Loar” signed WA-5, known as the “Griffith Loar” created in 1924 for Mrs. Griffith who with her husband, Dr. William B. Griffith ran the Griffith School of Music in the Atlanta, GA area. The instrument measures approximately 3/4″ longer from the end pin to the 15th fret cross piece, is arched farther forward and has more delicate and angled f holes than the F-5. This instrument is constructed with an Englemann Spruce top and Birdseye (Sugar) Maple back sides and neck. Hardware is high end and includes Bill James tail piece, Cumberland Acoustics repro bridge and Gotoh tuners retrofitted with period correct machine and mounting screws. The celluloid pick guard (finger rest) is an accurate replica of the vintage guard, including the steel rod reinforced celluloid backing plate and an accurate vintage date stamp.
This WA-5 has an exceptionally strong, focused voice and over the top volume that will hold it’s own in any Bluegrass ensemble or jam. Did I say banjo killer? Offering at $3250 with hard shell case.
This WTP-5 is a symmetrical two point mandolin with a West Virginia Adirondack (Red) Spruce top and Birdseye (Sugar) Maple one piece back and Birdseye Maple neck and sides. The high end hardware includes a Bill James tail piece, Cumberland Acoustics repro bridge and Gotoh tuners with black celluloid buttons and period correct machine and mounting screws. The pick guard (finger rest) is abbreviated and made from a beautiful, streaked piece of Macassar Ebony.
The traditional sunburst finish is particularly beautiful and the instrument is bound in faux tortoise. The fretboard is radiused with EVO Gold frets and is slightly slim and narrower up the neck making it comfortable and easy to play even for small hands. This instrument has an exceptionally strong voice with vintage like complex tone that is consistent all over the fretboard. Offering at $3600 including hard shell case.
WHTP-5 Mandola #20
WHTP-5 #20 is a symmetrical two point mandola with a pumpkin stained Sitka Spruce top and somewhat unorthodox use of quarter sawn White Oak as back, sides and neck timbers. Construction methods, dimensions, arching and graduations are consistent with an H-5 less the scroll and lower point. Hardware is high end including a Bill James tail piece, Siminoff adjustable bridge and Gotoh tuning machines retrofitted with black ivoroid buttons and period correct machine and mounting screws. The instrument is bound in faux tortoise the body is very subtly shaded around the periphery. The snakehead peghead is in proportion and includes a fleur de lis inlay. The radius fretboard is “Loar ” approximate 15 5/8″ scale allowing for playing comfort and it is fitted with EVO Gold frets.
This instrument was in the same batch build as WHTP-5 #19 which was purchased by Doyle Lawson in 2016 and used on his “Life is a Story” CD project. It has a rich, full and focused tone that is even across the fretboard as well as volume and projection. It is truly a wonderful mandola! .Standard price for this model is $3600 but since it has been in inventory a while I will be open to reasonable offers. Includes a custom retrofitted hard shell case.