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1977 Ibanez 524-CW F5 Mandolin for sale (Japan Built with signed label). This is the same model that Bill Monroe played and endorsed for Ibanez for a period of time in the mid to late 1970's.
These mandolins were built in Japan in the 1970s and dubbed the lawsuit era mandolins because they built so nice that Gibson sued them and won.
This mandolin was purposely distressed (mostly on the top about 20 years ago) to look like bill Monroe's famous July, 9 1923 Gibson mandolin! Now obviously its not an exact duplicate but it does kinda resemble it, and certainly looks older than it is.
The mandolin is in fantastic shape other than some de-laminating on the peg-head overlay, which is very common on these old 1970s Ibanez mandolins and the tail-piece cover has some tarnish.
The finger board and frets are in excellent shape with hardly any wear, and has a wonderful neck angle with nice low action (very easy to play). The body is in great structural condition and has a solid bridge that really brings out the big tone!
This mandolin sounds as beautiful as it looks with a nice chop, good volume, crisp mid and high notes and plays just like butter, it has a nice warm sound that you just wont get from newer mandolin, when you play it the first thing you notice is the heavy vibrations from the back of the mandolin that you will really feel rattling against your belly as you play.
It has great overall setup with a properly fitted bridge, good working tuners, fairly new strings and just in great shape and ready to play right out of the box! This is a special mandolin and hard for me to part with so I would like it to go to good home and someone who will respect, enjoy and appreciate it.
I have owned about a dozen of these Ibanez 524 mandolins and out of all the 524s that I ever owned this one is one of the better sounding ones and possible the best of them all!
This would make a great mandolin for someone looking for big sounding mandolin with a nice vintage look but doesn't want to spend two or three thousand dollars or more!
I'm thinning out the proverbial heard and I'm more of a guitar and banjo player than a mandolin player, so I'm willing to let this beauty go for $425.00 + shipping (and that's a give away price for this mandolin!) and the mandolin is being sold without a case.
I know how to pack an instrument and will double box or take any precaution necessary to get it to you safely.
I would also be willing to drive and meet half way up to 200+ miles (so if you were 200 miles away we would each drive 100 miles and meet about half way). Thanks
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Posted: Jun 12, 2019 03:24 PM CDT
Concord NH 03303
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