Neoclassical

$3,600

The only American mandolin specifically engineered for extra-light strings. Designed for mandolin orchestras, for folk, jazz, celtic and classical music. Our best-selling mandolin.

Features:

  • Red maple back, sides and neck
  • Red spruce top
  • Innovative tone bar pattern, designed to optimize light gauge strings
  • 24 fret ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl side dots, no face dots
  • Black hardware: Custom Grover 309 18:1 ratio tuners, strap button and Rigel Style tailpiece with ebony overlay
  • No body bindings; ebony binding on fingerboard
  • Red-burst stain under a hybrid varnish finish
  • Solid ebony suspended finger rest
  • Set up for Extra-Light strings; Thomastik Infield Mediums
  • Hiscox hardshell case
Optional Equipment

Tops

  • Fine quarter-sawn, vacuum-dried, red spruce 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 this 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 maple, specially graduated by a new Phoenix formula. Red maple used in most models, and European sycamore maple and quilted maple used in certain custom models.

Necks

  • Neck is one-piece, profiled similar to Loar era mandolins. Sycamore maple necks have a second piece grafted on the heel and the end of the headstock.
  • Epoxy-graphite bar replacing metal truss rod for better sound and stability.

 Fingerboards

  • Finest ebony used, radiused to 7 1/4″ for ease of playing
  • 13 7/8″ standard scale.
  • Front inlays: None
  • Side position dots: Snail
  • 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

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 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 ebony, radiused and carefully compensated for extra light strings

Hardware

  • Machine heads: precision Grover machine heads, nickel-plated with custom black-plated string posts and black buttons
  • Replacement light-weight, black, machine head bushings
  • Tailpiece: black plated Rigel-style with ebony overlay
  • Strap buttons: Black plated 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: Neoclassical – violin red-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

  • Neoclassical – made for extra-light strings, up to .010″/.013″/.022″/.034″, delivered with Dr. Thomastik mittel (mediums).