Apitius F5 Rosine Mandolin 2015


"My approach is to 'see further by standing on the shoulders of giants'. The Lloyd Loar signed instruments of the 1920s set a very high bar indeed. In my mandolins, I endeavor to re-create the hand made, outward aesthetics of the vintage F-5s while using my patent pending* technique for graduating the top plates to even further refine the sound. My motivation comes from a desire to produce the best mandolins that I possibly can. I am not interested in mediocrity or second best." ~Oliver Apitius

 After a 10 year hiatus, Oliver Apitius is back to making classic Loar-inspired mandolins. This excellent condition 2015 F5 Rosine Model is from Apitius' freshly retooled Ontario workshop. The Rosine is modeled after, and appointed in much the same way as Bill Monroe's favorite Loar F5. And as one would expect, the sound is very Monroe-like: woody, throaty with a very satisfying growl in the low end. The trebles are edge-free and solid with none of the stridency of lesser F5's. This mandolin stands out in a very crowded field of excellent mandos in our shop right now. Probably the most Gibson-like of the bunch. 

Interested? We may have another on the way.
  • 20-year Aged Premium German Spruce
  • 2-piece Back plate of highly figured maple, hand carved and tap tuned
  • Sides of highly figured maple
  • Neck of highly figured maple
  • Angle cut and tapered peghead
  • Peghead veneer of dyed pearwood over 4 plys of alternating maple veneers on face with single ply of dyed pearwood on back
  • Fingerboard radius of 7 ½” (190mm)
  • Scooped/scalloped fingerboard extension
  • Tortoise colored side dots on fingerboard
  • Waverly Tuners
  • James Tailpiece w/ Apitius Engraving
  • Width at nut: 29mm (1  5/32”)
  • Scale length: 355mm (14") 
  • Adjustable truss rod (double rod design does not add compression force to the neck)
  • Hand applied stain and shading in choice of "Cremona Brown" or "Black Cherry"
  • Spirit varnish finish applied by hand in the traditional French polish method
  • Hot hide glue construction throughout
  • EVO Frets
  • Serial # 10715

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