Select

$3,600

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
  • Moose 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
Optional Equipment

Tops

  • 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.

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: 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.

 Headstocks

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

Nuts

  • Width: 30mm (just under 1 3/16″)
  • Material: Select – moose 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, with chamfered edges.

 Bridges

  • 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.

 Hardware

  • 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).

Finishes

  • 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.

Strings

  • Made for medium-light to medium-heavy, delivered with .011″/.015″/.026″/.040″ (D’Addario J74).