Deluxe

$4,800

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.

Features:

  • Nicely flamed red maple back, sides and neck
  • Red spruce 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

 

Tops

  • 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.

Backs

  • Highly figured red maple, specially graduated by a new Phoenix formula.

Necks

  • Neck is one-piece, profiled similar to Loar era mandolins
  • Epoxy-graphite bar replacing metal truss rod for better sound and stability.

 Fingerboards

  • 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.

Headstocks

  • Overlay is finest ebony
  • Precision CNC-cut inlays with 3-piece of figured abalone

Nuts

  • Width: 30mm (just under 1 3/16″)
  • Material: dyed bone or natural bone

Bodies

  • 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.

Bridges

  • 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.

Hardware

  • 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).

Finishes

  • 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.

Strings

  • Select, Deluxe, and Ultra – made for medium-light to medium-heavy, delivered with .011″/.015″/.026″/.040″ (D’Addario J74)