I have been looking for some time for a good deal on an electric mandolin. I have always understood the "You Get What You Pay For" philosophy in regards to mandolins. Well, I am a bit of an Ebay watcher in conjunction with other hobbies and low and behold I come upon a J.L. Smith 5 string custom job! It was owned by Spencer Capier (A super great guy to deal with too!) in Canada. He had it made by J. L. Smith some time back but needed to clear out a few instruments to make room for a Heiden Model. To my surprise I had the winning bid and am the very proud owner of a J.L. Smith Custom 5 String! It showed up in a super nice case and looked as though it came directly from production! An excellent mandolin with a lot of kick! If you need an outstanding electric mandolin you should look no further than Mr. J. L. Smith. You will not be disappointed!