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Flatiron Festival F-Style Mandolin  

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        From crisp chops to articulate melodic lines, the Flatiron "Festival" satisfies in every way.

        The all solid wood, fully bound, tone bar constructed Flatiron "Festival" mandolin boasts the classic lines inspired by the famous Gibson-created F-style mandolins. With its solid spruce top, flamed maple back and incredible full-bodied tone, the Flatiron "Festival" is bold and exciting in appearance and sound.

        Features

        • Top: Solid Spruce
        • Back: Solid Figured Maple
        • Rim: Figured Maple
        • Soundhole: Unbound F-Holes
        • Bracing: Tone Bars
        • Top Binding: 3-Ply
        • Back Binding: 3-Ply
        • Neck: Figured Maple
        • Profile: Rounded
        • Peghead Inlay: Fluer Di Lis
        • Peghead Binding: 3-Ply
        • Truss Rod: Single Action
        • Truss Rod Cover: Gibson Bell Shaped
        • Fingerboard: Bound Ebony
        • Scale Length: 13-7/8"
        • Number Of Frets: 24
        • Fingerboard Inlay: Pearl Dots
        • Fingerboard Extension: Scooped
        • Nut: Bone
        • Nut Width: 1-2/16"
        • Bridge: Adjustable Ebony
        • Tailpiece/Cover: Nickel W / "The Flatiron"
        • Tuning Keys: Nickel / "Pearl" Buttons
        • Pickguard: Bound Tortoisoid
        • Finish: Gloss
        • Strings: Medium-Light

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        4.5

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        4.0

        Impressive F5 Sound for the Money!

        By Baymandoman

        from San Diego, CA

        Nice sounding mandolin made in China. Good quality workmanship overall--no major flaws--and a great looking finish. Sounds better than one might expect from an Asian instrument at this price: it has good projection and a balanced tone. Quite loud too. Not sure about this as an investment, though, for the US made Flatirons will command better resale prices, I'm sure.

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        4.0

        Don't want a second mortgage?

        I had been looking for a good mid-priced mandolin, which is very hard to find, but this seems to be it. Bright without being tinny and very playable. A few slight cosmetic defects, but very reasonable for a mid-priced import. Before buying, I did however play two of them and the one I bought was noticeably better. Still, if you're like me and don't have the bucks to go to the $2000+ level, I'd recommend it. Expect, however, to have it professionally set up.

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        5.0

        Fantastic Mandolin

        By Music Man-yvEIj

        from Florida

        Just purchased this Flatiron in May 2008. This is really an excellent instrument. The craftsmanship, construction & cosmetics are of first class quality. The Mando plays with ease and the sound & substain is excellent. I would compare this instrument with those costing hundreds more. Sounds and plays like a Gibson. You will not be disappointed.

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        5.0

        Great Investment

        By Music Man-yvEIj

        from Florida

        Purchased the Flatiron 5/1/08, was very pleased with the quality of the instrument. Was setup excellent from the factory, just tighten the strings and she was ready to go. Great sound, and plays with ease. compares well with mandolins that cost thousnds more. You will not be disapointed with this F5. I believe that this instrument will even become better with age and is an excellent in a mandolin that will increase in price.

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