I am ready to move up a notch from my $300 mandolin. I would love to have a Gibson F5 but can't afford one with one in college and two more to raise. There are too many "next mandollins" to choose from and I do not know any of the brands. I want the F style with solid spruce and carved maple back and probably around the $1,000 range. Any help with name brands and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
2004 Weber Yellowstone Custom Mandolin
1976 Alvarez "The Alvarez" F Style Mandolin
1998 Guild D-40AB Westerly
1997 Martin D-35
1982 Takamine EF-400SC 12 String
1976 Takamine F-360SD Sunburst
1977 Fender F-65