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Rare 1978 Kettler Tree Frog Mandolin F Style In Super Condit

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Kettler Mandolins began in the late 1970s, when Everett Kettler switched from making fine, sculpted furniture to building the musical instrument that he had come to play and love.

These first handcrafted instruments were sold in small regional music shops and directly to musicians at bluegrass festivals and craft shows up and down the east coast and were called “Tree Frog Mandolins” in reference to the big sound of a small tree frog.

Here is a note from EV Kettler--I started in 78. this was the seventh that i put up for sale. built at least 60 -70 by 1983.

am up to working on 0187 at this point. 0107 is one of a kind. as i said, i sold it blonde and there were some

problem with the top. the tone bar came loose. I had to replace the top and the owner wanted it stained, so stained

the top and left the rest blonde.

Actually a one of a kind according to EV Kettler as his repair in and around 1980
or so was to the top and the owner wanted the entire mandolin stained and Kettler worked it out to do just the top,thus a two color scheme.I do not play mandolin but several of my friends do and everyone gives it a sweet score on sound and playability.The wooden case is a little different and EV chuckled when he told me that he did not recall making the case but it has his stickers,so Kettler it is..From players that have checked this F5 out,the sound and playbility is very good.This is an early production from 1978 for you pickers that require quality hand made items...

MY COUSIN OWNED THIS FROM ABOUT 1983 TIL LAST YEAR WHEN HE PASSED AWAY AND I AM ASSISTING HIS WIDOW IN MOVING HIS INSTRUMENTS

4200.00 FREE SHIP -- THIS IS LISTED ELSEWHERE FOR SAME PRICE
THUS,FIRST COME FIRST SERVE..

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Category: Mandolins
Ad Number 196400
Posted: Nov 23, 2022 07:04 PM CDT

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WAYNE DOBBINS

ellenboro NC 28040
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