The Limited Production Stelling S-5 Mandolin
As with all Stelling instruments, only the finest materials are
used in making the S-5 Mandolin. The top and back are both
hand-carved to replicate the best of the famed Lloyd Loar
design with a slight modification of the scroll and tail of the
is used for the top; highly
figured and quartersawn curly maple is used for the sides,
back, and neck.
Stelling mandolins were first produced in 1979 and about 80
were completed by 1982. The last 20 of those were S-5's. They
had flat fingerboards and the familiar stamped-out tailpieces
that frequently lost their covers. The new S-5 features a 7 1/4
inch radiused fingerboard and gold-plated cast brass
tailpiece that offers superior performance in sound and
restringing. The scale length is 13 7/8 inches. Gold-plated
Schaller 16:1 ratio gears provide smooth and accurate tuning.
A professional quality rectangular case featuring the Stelling logo, an
arched lid, and crushed velvet lining, is provided.
S-5 Prices and Options
Our S-5 Mandolin is offered in two woods: Curly maple and quilted maple.
The photograph shows an example of moderately quilted maple. The usual
difference in tone is that curly maple tends to be a bit
brighter; quilted maple is a bit mellower. Naturally, each
piece of wood is going to vary, but both species sound
exceptional in the Stelling mandolin. Quilted maple is much
rarer, and therefore, more expensive. Prices for
all options are listed below.
Highly Figured Curly Maple, Adirondack Spruce Top,
Extremely Quilted Maple, when available,
Left-handed models, add $400.
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