Exceptional clarity of tone and dynamic range make the Shippey A5 suitable for virtually all styles from jazz and classical to bluegrass and folk.

It features hand-carved front and back plates and fine materials throughtout. Beautiful European or Engelmann spruce is used for the top. This has been hand split from the log and selected for its perfect, straight grain.

Played by Joel McDermott and Dave Griffiths (mandolinexpress, Brejeiro). Here is how they describes it:

“I am using it for folk-blues, ragtime, choro, jazz and classical. It can pretty much handle the lot and has already proven itself in the recording studio. The chop is big and chunky while the instrument is also capable of great delicacy and expression.”
…Dave Griffiths

“The (Shippey) A5 is a magnificent hand-crafted instrument with an outstanding tone and beautiful response across the whole range of the fingerboard.”……….Joel McDermott

Audio Sample – A5 mandolin
Joel McDermott plays his arrangement of “Wouldn’t it be loverly” on a Shippey A5 mandolin,
fitted with flat-wound strings.


356 mm (14″) scale length
30 mm (1 3/16″) nut width
254 mm (10″) body width

Hand carved top – Engelmann or European spruce
European flame maple back and sides
Bound Ebony Fingerboard
9.5 ” compound radius fingerboard (flat fingerboard optional)
Adjustable Ebony bridge
Bone nut
Two way adjustable truss rod

Grover 309 tuners (other makes optional)
Bronze cast tailpiece by Allen USA

satin or gloss lacquer finish
Many of the items in the above spec can be customised. Please contact me for more details.

Price £2200