The WF-5 is the top tier instrument in the Wilson Mandolins line. For approximately 34 years Craig Wilson owned and performed with a 1924 Gibson F-5 (#75310) dated and signed by Lloyd Loar and he endeavors to build instruments of that style and in the spirit of those vintage Gibson instruments.
The WF-5 is constructed using curly maple back, sides and neck, primarily of Red maple or Sugar maple, with Big Leaf and European maple being used occasionally. Top wood is primarily Red (Adirondack) maple although Sitka and Carpathian spruce have been used successfully.
Instruments are bound in either laminated ivoroid or faux tortoise and peghead inlay options include torch and fern designs. Instruments are finished in oil varnish with a hand applied and rubbed overfinish. Basic hardware, in either nickel silver or gold, includes Gotoh tuners retrofitted with period correct screws, Cumberland Acoustics bridges and Bill James tailpieces. Pick guards (finger rests) are shop constructed in “Loar era” dimensions of tortoise color celluloid as well as abbreviated guards in ebony or sunburst curly maple. Ebony truss rod covers are also shop made and standard on each instrument.
Suggested retail price $5,200 payable by cash, check or PayPal. Contact us for special cash pricing and artist discounts as well as event discounts and discounts on demo models. California residents will need to pay 7.5% sales tax. We will deal with that issue separately. Contact us.$5,200 via PayPal
For commission builds a deposit is required (amount applied to total purchase price upon completion)$1,500 deposit via PayPal