Grey Eagle #54, 2-point, acoustic/electric, 2011. $3,600.
From luthier Skip Peyre in Richmond, Virginia, comes this sharp-looking 2-point mandolin. It's an absolute bluegrass cannon, with tremendous bark, power, and clarity. It may have the strongest E string I've ever heard. Grey Eagles are endorsed by pro musician Ray Legere, who may be the most tragically underappreciated bluegrass mandolinist working today. Like Ray, Grey Eagles are tremendous, but fly a little under the radar.
     Tradition meets innovation in the design. It features a bass-side horn in place of the F-style scroll, jumbo frets, speed neck, Fishman bridge pickup with endpin jack, and a modified peghead shape. But it also has an attractive reddish sunburst; F-holes; flame maple back and sides; spruce top; flat ebony fretboard and adjustable bridge; and a voice that'll peel paint. Nickel hardware includes Grover tuners and an engraved Bill James tailpiece. There's binding on the top and back, as well as on the peghead, which also sports a nicely inlaid flying eagle. Serial #54.
     Very good condition overall, with some light pick scratches around the F-holes. Comes with a Breedlove-style hardshell case that includes a couple of strap rings. One side of the case is festooned with tour stickers and the other bears a nice painted abstract design.
     New, Skip says he'd charge $4,500 for one of these; this one can be had for a mere $3,600. See more photos, or for more information. $3,600 plus shipping. 48-hour approval period.

     Check out the demo for an idea of the tone: