Jazz mandolin by Phoenix Mandolins

Jazz

$4,800

Built to meet the acoustical and amplified qualities a jazz musician looks for.

Features:

  • Evenly flamed red maple back, sides and neck
  • European spruce top
  • Neoclassical tone bar design, with more robust top graduation to meet Thomastik Infield Heavy strings
  • Taller/wider EVO frets for chording and bending of strings
  • 22 fret Macassar fingerboard to accommodate ideal pickup placement
  • Black/Gold hardware: Custom Grover 309 18:1 ratio tuners, Gold strap button and black Rigel Style tailpiece with wood overlay
  • No body bindings; macassar binding on fingerboard
  • Snakehead headstock
  • Warm brown sunburst stain under a hybrid varnish finish
  • Solid macassar suspended finger rest with mounted magnetic Kent Armstrong pickup
  • McIntyre Feather soundboard transducer pickup with stereo end pin jack
  • Hiscox hardshell case

 

Special Phoenix Innovations

  • Utilizes both a piezo and a magnetic pickup for creative playing styles.

Tops

  • Fine quarter-sawn, European spruce is used on the Jazz and some custom models for its particular mellow 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 the Jazz model, with asymmetrical placement. The Neoclassical and Jazz have a radical new tone bar design for full tone and projection with light strings.
  • 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

  • Macassar used on the Jazz, all are radiused to 7 1/4″ for ease of playing
  • 13 7/8″ standard scale
  • Front inlays: 2mm snail under the bass strings
  • Side position dots: 2mm snail dots
  • Binding: Integrated binding Macassar ebony with fret slots cut short of fingerboard edge
  • The Jazz model has a 22 fret fingerboard to enhance pickup placement
  • All fret wire is now EVO “gold”, the new harder, longer-lasting fret wire. Jazz features higher and wider frets for chording

Headstocks

  • Striped Macassar
  • Snakehead headstock
  • 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 but with chamfered edges.

Bridges

  • Traditional Lloyd Loar specifications.
  • Black plated hardware
  • The bridge base is made from resonant ancient-forest maple recovered from Moosehead Lake in Maine.
  • The saddle is Macassar, radiused and carefully compensated for light gauge strings

Hardware

  • Machine heads: precision gold-plated Grover machine heads with custom black-plated string posts and black buttons on the Jazz
  • Replacement light-weight, black machine head bushings
  • Tailpiece: black plated Rigel-style with Macassar overlay
  • Strap buttons: Black strap button on bass side point (the end pin at tailpiece is ebony on all models except where an end-pin jack is used).

Finishes

  • Colors: Light 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

  • Jazz – made for flat-wound strings 011″/.016″/.022″/.034″, delivered with Thomastik stark (heavy).

One day I got a beautiful mandolin myself. It had very sweet, warm and soothing tone that I wanted to share it with other people who love music…

Miwa

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Jazzmando's Ted Eschliman