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Stiver: Stiver A5

Submitted by TerryKins on 6/25/2011

Where Purchased: Elderly Instruments

Year Purchased: 1994
Price Paid: 1200. ($US) (bought USED)


This is a loud, woody, dark, but not a tubby sounding mandolin. Full like a good Cabernet!

Sound Rating: 9


No set up required. It BLEW AWAY the more expensive mandolins on the wall at Elderly Instruments....The salesman kept saying "have you tried the Stiver yet?" When I did, there was no comparison to the others...Cannon!

Setup Rating: not rated


It has a dark brown finish..Nice and plain.

Appearance Rating: 9


It is my standard axe, wouldn't use anything else on a gig.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

No probs for years.

Customer Service: 10


It's amazing!

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Stiver is one of the BEST Mandolins, if you ever get a chance to buy one....DO IT!!!!!

Overall Rating: 10

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