These mandolins are made to order and are available on special order through any of the Phoenix dealers or direct from us.
A medium gauge string mandolin that excels at all kinds of music, and stylized with the clean elegant appearance of the neoclassical.
- Nicely flamed red maple back, sides and neck
- Red maple top
- 24 fret ebony fingerboard featuring the trademarked abalone vine created for the Unicorn Master Models of the 1970’s by Rolfe Gerhardt
- Black/Gold hardware: Custom Grover 309 18:1 ratio tuners, Gold strap button and engraved gold plated James tailpiece
- No body bindings; ebony binding on fingerboard
- Lightly bursted warm violin brown stain under a hybrid varnish finish
- Solid ebony suspended finger rest
- McIntyre Feather soundboard transducer pickup with stereo end pin jack
- Hiscox hardshell case
- Fine quarter-sawn, vacuum-dried, red spruce used for superior tonal range and traditional “Loar” tone.
- Full perimeter graduation for maximum top response.
- CNC carved to precise curvatures, then hand graduated to each model’s specifications.
- Tone-bars; graphite-laminated, voiced for each model, with asymmetrical placement.
- Amati-style “f” holes, area-matched to Lloyd Loar Era specifications.
- Highly figured red maple, specially graduated by a new Phoenix formula.
- Neck is one-piece, profiled similar to Loar era mandolins
- Epoxy-graphite bar replacing metal truss rod for better sound and stability.
- Finest ebony, radiused to 7 1/4″ for ease of playing
- 13 7/8″ standard scale.
- Front inlays: Deluxe – hand-cut abalone vine
- Side position dots: 2mm snail shell
- Binding: Ebony with fret slots cut short of the edge of the fingerboard
- Scalloped for pick relief above 24th fret.
- All fret wire is now EVO “gold”, the new harder, longer-lasting fret wire.
- Overlay is finest ebony
- Precision CNC-cut inlays with 3-piece of figured abalone
- Width: 30mm (just under 1 3/16″)
- Material: dyed bone or natural bone
- Highly-figured quarter-sawn red maple sides
- Blocks and lining strips made from willow, as Stradivari preferred.
- Internal air volume matched to the legendary Lloyd Loar mandolins.
- Constructed violin style with no plastic bindings and chamfered edges.
- Traditional Lloyd Loar specifications.
- Black plated thumbwheels
- The bridge base is made from resonant ancient-forest maple recovered from Moosehead Lake in Maine.
- The saddle is ebony, radiused and carefully compensated.
- Machine heads: precision Grover machine heads, gold-plated with custom black-plated string posts and black
- Replacement light-weight black plated machine head bushings
- Tailpiece: black plated Rigel-style with ebony overlay
- Strap buttons: Black top button inside left point (the end pin at tailpiece is ebony on all models except where an end-pin jack is used).
- Colors: Deluxe – warm dark violin brown with dark shaded edges
- The color stains are mixed with the shellac sealer or applied directly to the wood prior to sealing.
- A grain-enhancing shellac is used as a sealer before top-coats are applied.
- Top coats are the finest waterborne varnish, an environmentally-friendly finish that is extremely durable yet flexible for sound enhancement. The coats take significantly longer to apply and polish to produce a final finish that is only .006″ thick.
- Select, Deluxe, and Ultra – made for medium-light to medium-heavy, delivered with .011″/.015″/.026″/.040″ (D’Addario J74)