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.
- 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
- McIntyre Feather soundboard transducer pickup with endpin jack + $200
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Overlay is finest ebony
- Precision CNC-cut inlays with 3-piece of figured abalone
- Width: 30mm (just under 1 3/16″)
- Material: Dyed 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 but chamfered edges.
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- Neoclassical – made for extra-light strings, up to .010″/.013″/.022″/.034″, delivered with Dr. Thomastik mittel (mediums).