the R-5 Master model

The RA-5 “Master Model” has all the features of the finest instruments of the golden age of lutherie.   Greatest attention has been paid to all the elements of the instrument building process, including design, choice of  materials and the highest attention to detail during construction.   Bound all over with three-ply binding,  genuine mother-of-pearl inlays, ebony bridge and fingerboard and top quality hardware these are instruments built for a lifetime of playing enjoyment.   Our R-5 Master Model is a perfect example of the best of the mandolin world.  Its strong powerful sound,  world- class workmanship  and unsurpassed beauty makes the RATLIFF R-5 Master Model  a sure contender for the world’s “best of the best” hand-made mandolin list.

Ratliff mandolins are handmade one at a time  and quite often they feature custom appointments ordered by the customer.  Below are photos of a few of R-5 “Master Models”. Note that while they are all basically the same, each boasts its own unique features. 

BELOW ARE PHOTOS OF TWO R-5 “MASTER MODEL” MANDOLINS.   CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A LARGER IMAGE.

F-Style "Master model"

Featured Details

Ratliff mandolins are made with the same demanding standards as the great instruments from days gone by.

  • Nickel Silver Hardware
  • Standard 13 7/8 Scale Length
  • hand engraved tailpiece
  • Gloss lacquer finish
  • mother-of-pearl inlay
  • Highest quality figured maple back, sides and neck
  • Hardshell case
  • Completely hand made by luthier Audey Ratliff
  • 48 hour approval period
  • Lifetime warranty on materials and workmanship
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