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Brand New Mendel Octave Mandolin, Katalox/Sitka Spruce
Here’s something we don’t see every day! Our friend and fine luthier Joe Mendel has brought us a punchy and powerful flattop-style octave mandolin upgraded with a multiscale fretboard for easy lefthand work. Combined with the guitar-style body’s smooth waist, this makes for a very comfortable playing experience—no more fighting to keep the neck up like you’d have to with a traditional mandolin-shaped design! Joe outfitted this beauty with EVO frets, Katalox back and sides, plus Sitka Spruce on top, and Curly Maple bindings throughout.
Other keywords: al petteway, mandalin, octo, fan fret, multi scale, multi-scale, flat top, flat-top, mendel stringed instruments, 017097SOLD Add to cart
Scale Length 22.875 in - 23.375 in Nut Width 1.25 in String Spacing 1.56 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, KataloxAdd to Compare
New Dammann Mandocello Guitar, Osage Orange/Sitka Spruce
The folks at Dammann Stringed Instruments have leaned into the challenge of modernizing the mandolin family. With numerous ergonomic and playability innovations, these instruments play easily, and offer clarity and depth of tone. We recently landed our first Dammann Mandocello, here in a Jumbo guitar body, and already we’re impressed. Locally sourced Osage Orange back and sides, Sitka Spruce top, and a Cherry neck to keep things interesting. This beauty has 10 strings, and can be tuned from C to E, making this playable with the first eight strings as an octave mandolin, or the bottom eight strings as a mandocello.
They’ve also engineered an adjustable neck angle, so there’s no fear of a neck reset to keep the setup where you need it, and a short 24.5 inch scale for easy fretting and intonation. A small soundport in the upper bout gives the player a bit more “me in the monitors,” and Dammann’s shop-made piezo pickup delivers faithfully acoustic flavor to your amplified endeavors. With the fifth C course, you’ve got an ferociously dynamic tonal palette at your fingertips. Traditional fiddle tunes are a blast to pick out on this Dammann, but there’s also latitude for complex chords, new voicings to accompany your songs, and all the color and sustain a Jumbo guitar body provides.
Something altogether new, this Dammann Guitar Mandocello feels natural in your hands, and is the best choice for expanding your tonal horizons.
Other keywords: guitar-bodied mandocello, damann, damman, 10-string, pin bridge, gotohSOLD Read more
Scale Length 24.563 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, Osage OrangeAdd to Compare
Brand New Forster 10 String Guitar Bouzouki, Bubinga/European Spruce
Nigel Forster packs more into his instruments than you can shake a pick at. Here we’ve landed a brand new Guitar Bouzouki from him that is set up for extended range, playability, and power. Sweetly figured Bubinga back and sides pair with a European Spruce top that’s been engineered in the Howe Orme cylinder style–meaning the center section of top is cylindrically arched. The result is a very stiff top at about 40% the usual mass, and lighter makes louder in this case. Add to that the extended range afforded to a course of low C on the bottom of the 10 string setup, and you have an instrument for just about every application. Nigel further enhanced playability with a cutaway, subtle arm bevel, EVO frets, and a zero fret nut.
Other keywords: lutherie, sobell, robin bullock, mandolin, mando, guitzouk, gouzoukiSOLD Read more
Scale Length 24.625 in Nut Width 1.625 in String Spacing 1.925 in Woods Spruce - European, BubingaAdd to Compare
2010 Forster Guitar Bouzouki Camatillo/Italian
The Irish Bouzouki is the result of constant evolution. What began as a bowl-backed, three-course instrument from Greece has undergone a series of transformations in the past 40 years to become the flat-backed, four-course (or more) instrument we now find in Irish and Folk scenes across the world. A select few luthiers have taken the instrument one step further, by experimenting with using guitar bodies instead of the accepted teardrop shape, in an attempt to create a more dynamically-voiced and easier to play Bouzouki. Nigel Forster, former apprentice of famed luthier Stefan Sobell, is one of these pioneers–and the territories he’s exploring are deep and resounding.This, his Guitar Bouzouki (or Gouzouki, or Gitzouki, if you prefer), is a specialty of his, and this one in particular stands apart from his standard Guitar Bouzouki model with a removable neck, which the original owner conscripted Forster to include, in order for him to remove the standard four-course neck and swap it for a fretless version, or a different profile, or whatever caught his inspiration. Alas, this Guitar Bouzouki only comes with the one neck, but the possibility is still there.Tonally, this 2010 Guitar Bouzouki is fearsome. With a voice characterized by its clarity and depth, and a projection capable of shattering windows, Forster has built an exceedingly loud and expressive instrument. This Guitar Bouzouki is louder than an instrument this size has a right to be–honestly, it can achieve volumes most instruments need to be electrically amplified to achieve. Forster has written extensively on the particulars of his building style which result in this magnificent voice, and you can read his own thoughts on the subject below: http://www.nkforsterguitars.com/blog/loud-acoustic-guitars/ Forster’s use of a “cylindrical top,” based on a Howe-Orme design from the 1800’s, allows the Italian Spruce top to be incredibly light (literally: check out the photos below which show light passing warmly through the top)–and all of that lightness translates into dynamic voicings, projection, sustain, and a well-defined top end.This Guitar Bouzouki, with Camatillo Rosewood back and sides and a Cuban Mahogany neck, has an otherworldly voice, at once persuading, ecstatic, thoughtful yet confident, moving but focused.SOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.75 in Nut Width 1.5 in String Spacing 1.75 in Woods Spruce - ItalianAdd to Compare
New Forster Guitar Bouzouki Camatillo/Italian
Nigel Forster has hit a homerun with this Guitar Bouzouki! The tone is simply magical and had us all smiling from ear to ear. Nigel has taken his 15 years experience with Stefan Sobell and expanded on it finding his own voice for his instruments. Guitar players will find the Bouzouki easy to learn and irresistibly fun to play. It is often tuned to GDAD or GDAE, etc. In no time you’ll be adding this wonderful voice to your solo and group work.But make no mistake this is a pro level instrument so if you are a serious Bouzouki player this is for you as well. Just listen to the sound clips and treat yourself to a little joy in these troubling times.SOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.6 in Nut Width 1.44 in String Spacing 1.88 in Woods Spruce - Italian, Rosewood - CamatilloAdd to Compare
Brand New Mendel Octave Mandolin, Maple/Sitka Spruce
Here’s something we don’t see every day! Our friend and fine luthier Joe Mendel has brought us a punchy and powerful flattop-style octave mandolin upgraded with a multiscale fretboard for easy lefthand work. Combined with the guitar-style body’s smooth waist, this makes for a very comfortable playing experience—no more fighting to keep the neck up like you’d have to with a traditional mandolin-shaped design! Joe outfitted this beauty with EVO frets, Maple back and sides, plus Sitka Spruce on top, and Curly Maple bindings throughout.
Other keywords: al petteway, mandalin, octo, fan fret, multi scale, multi-scale, flat top, flat-top, mendel stringed instruments, 017098SOLD Read more
Scale Length 22.875 in - 23.375 in Nut Width 1.25 in String Spacing 1.56 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, MapleAdd to Compare
New Octave Mandolin Granadillo/Sitka
Here we have a beautiful Mendel octave mandolin in Granadillo and Sitka Spruce. As the name suggests, this wonderful instrument is intended to be tuned an octave below standard mandolin tuning, but is equally happy in alternate tunings. The sound is at once familiar yet refreshing. The unison-string chime of the mandolin family is present, but the strident, higher-pitched wail of the mandolin is replaced with a warmth and intimacy that harkens back to the Old World. And because of the larger air volume within the body, notes ring out and sustain like a church bell. An exquisite instrument that’s different in all the right ways.SOLD Read more
Scale Length 22.75 in Nut Width 1.34 in String Spacing 1.56 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, GranadilloAdd to Compare
1992 Sobell Giant Cittern, Indian Rosewood/European Spruce
And now for something completely different. We’ve got an incredible Giant Cittern from the one and only Stefan Sobell, one of the original pioneers in modern Cittern and Bouzouki innovation for Irish and folk music. This fearsome piece was commissioned by Joseph Sobol in 1992, at the time one of only six that Stefan had ever built to these dimensions. Since then, this Cittern was also owned by Henry Kaiser for a time, and we’ve got it now! Decked out with Indian Rosewood back and sides and a European Spruce top and 12 strings—yep. You can rig this one a variety of ways; we’ve got it set up sort of as as 12-string guitar in CGCGCD, and it fills the entire room at first pluck! It also takes to DADGAD, guitar Standard—the sky’s the limit with our Sobell Giant Ciittern in your hands.
Other keywords: finger style, fingerpicking, calton case, purfling, lutherie, luthierSOLD Sale! Read more
Scale Length 25.6 in Nut Width 1.875 in String Spacing 2.375 in Woods Spruce - European, Rosewood - IndianAdd to Compare
Sobell Octave Mandolin Cocobolo/Euro, 4 Course
Stefan Sobell has been focusing primarily on building guitars for the last several years so his Cittern family instruments are becoming quite rare indeed. This beautiful Octave Mandolin features a 22.875″ Scale and 4 courses. It is upgraded with Cocobolo Rosewood and an L.R. Baggs pickup system and it is in like-new condition, just perfect. Here’s a chance to have a Sobell Octave Mandolin, quickly becoming a rarity.SOLD Read more
Scale Length 23 in Nut Width 1.5 in String Spacing 1.875 in Woods Spruce - European, Rosewood - Cocobolo