Dunn Mandolins - Products

Type: F5 Mandolin
Serial Number: F5-03

Build dates:
Body closed: November 2014
Finished and set up: April 2015

Price: $4,250(excl case & shipping)
Fibreglass case: $275

F5-03 is my third F5 and is a great sounding mandolin. Specifications continued to be upgraded on all woods and hardware, with top-of-the-market Waverley tuners fitted. Tap tuning of the bass and treble tone bars and backboard were carried out prior to closing of the body (results below) and final voicing of the air chamber was carried out at the white (strung up) stage.

The instrument has been finished with a Honey Amber Blond stain and a traditional French Polish method with Hard Shellac (dewaxed white), burnished and protected with bison wax..

Soundboard Adirondeck Red Spruce, pattern carved and graduated
Backboard Hi-Figure Curly Maple (one piece), pattern carved and graduated
Finish Honey Amber Blond stain finished with hard dewaxed white shellac applied by French Polish method
Rims Hi-Figure Curly Maple
Neck Curly maple, V-joint with body, adjustable steel truss rod installed
Peghead Curly maple, scroll strengthener, Gaboon ebony veneer on front
Fingerboard Gaboon Ebony, 21 frets, scalloped beyond 21st fret
Fingerboard binding Ivoroid/black/ivoroid celluloid
Fingerboard side dots Black
Fingerboard inlays Mother of Pearl, 5/8” diameter dots
Frets Small gauge mandolin fretwire (reproduction of wire used on original F5s), nickel-silver (hard), .023" tang, .025" height, .050" width)
Blocks Honduras Mahogany
Body Binding Ivoroid/black/white celluloid
Tailpiece Bill James design, CNC machined, gold-plated, patina (matte) finish with hinged cover
Bridge Siminoff hand-carved ebony adjustable archtop bridge
Nut Mother of Pearl, 1 5/32” wide x 7/32” thick
Tuners Waverley tuners, gold with ivoroid buttons
Peghead binding Ivoroid/black/white celluloid
Pickguard Not supplied, Option - Tortoise plastic with white / black / white binding
Endpin Black ebony with mother of pearl dot
Strap button Black ebony
Strap Lakota soft braided leather strap (chocolate)
Wood quality Personally selected commercial-quality tonewoods and highly figured
Tap Tuning Results Soundboard Bass tone bar A, Treble tone bar B
Backboard E
Air Chamber D#