The C-G-D-A tuned mandola is an excellent second instrument for mandolinists and violists, or primary instrument for anyone who is attracted by its deeper, richer, more ringing voice. It provides great support for singing, adds depth and fullness to the ensemble, and has plenty of power to step forward as a solo instrument. Best of all, unlike the viola, there really aren’t any mandola jokes.
Standard florentine and A-style mandolas are built using the finest high-figure maple back, sides and neck; choice hand-split spruce top; ebony fingerboard and bridge; Schaller tuning machines; spirit varnish (made in house); fully bound body, fingerboard and headstock; and mother-of-pearl inlays. For two-point bodies, custom soundholes or other modifications to the basic design, please inquire.
10-String Fan-Fret Mandolas
I have made several 10-string mandolas with a high E course, covering the range of both the standard mandola and the mandolin in a single instrument. These instruments incorporate a fan-fret design to provide optimum string tension across all five courses. See the gallery for examples. Despite their unusual appearance, they have proven to be very successful instruments in the hands of some notable players. If you’re interested in having one, please inquire.
“A” Style Price:
Scale length: 15-15/16″ or 16-1/4″
Koa back and sides, mahogany neck
Gold hardware (includes solid cast brass tailpiece)
Adirondack Red Spruce
Genuine mother of pearl tuning buttons (Schaller)
Solid ebony pickguard (finger rest):
Reverse binding with fully mitred corners
Custom mother of pearl and abalone inlay