Carefully designed to be an all-around mandolin. Hand graduated, with tone bars voiced for all styles of playing.
- Flamed red maple back, sides and neck
- Red spruce top
- 24 fret ebony fingerboard with abalone dots on front and sides
- Nickel Hardware: Grover 309 18:1 ratio tuners, strap button and engraved Rigel-Style tailpiece
- Bone nut for tonal transmission
- No body binding; Ebony binding on fingerboard
- Snakehead headstock
- Traditional colored sunburst stain under hybrid varnish finish
- Set up for medium gauge strings such as D’Addario J74s
- Hiscox hardshell case
- Fine quarter-sawn, vacuum-dried, red spruce
- Full perimeter graduation for maximum top response.
- CNC carved to precise curvatures, then hand graduated to the Select model’s specifications.
- Tone-bars; graphite-laminated, voiced for the Select, 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: Select – snail or abalone dots
- Binding: Ebony with fret slots cut short of the edge of the fingerboard
- Abalone side position dots
- 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
- Snakehead headstock
- Precision CNC-cut inlays with 3-piece of figured
- Width: 30mm (just under 1 3/16″)
- Material: Select – 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, with chamfered edges.
- Made in shop to traditional Lloyd Loar specifications.
- Nickel-plated metal parts
- The bridge base is made from resonant ancient-forest maple recovered from Moosehead Lake in Maine.
- The saddle is ebony, radiused and carefully compensated.
- Precision, nickel-plated Grover machine heads
- Replacement light-weight nickel-plated machine head bushings
- Nickel-plated engraved Rigel-style tailpiece
- Strap buttons: Nickel top button inside left point, (the end pin at tailpiece is ebony on all models except where an end-pin jack is used).
- Colors: Traditional sunburst amber/red-brown/tobacco brown/black
- 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.
- Made for medium-light to medium-heavy, delivered with .011″/.015″/.026″/.040″ (D’Addario J74).