FRETS.COM New Instrument Review
June 23, 2000

On order for a year, but well worth the wait
Unicorn & Mustang MF-5

© Frank Ford, 2000; Photos by FF

Once again, Taku Sakashta hits a home run! His Unicorn & Mustang mandolin (MF-5) leaves nothing to be desired. It's a faithful reproduction/interpretation of the Gibson F-5s of old, with one major exception: Gibson never accomplished this level of workmanship. True to his usual style, Taku has attended to every detail.

On my monitor, at least, the sunburst finish looks a bit red. In fact, the coloring is very much like the original Gibson "tobacco" sunburst (Cremona brown).

With a name like "Unicorn & Mustang," you might be tempted to think that more than one person worked on this instrument. In fact, Taku does everything himself.

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