“The Altman” Loar Series F-5 Varnish Mandolin New - We are now the exclusive dealer for Altman mandolins out of Georgia and this instrument specifications are taken directly from Hershel Sizemore’s 1923 Lloyd Loar and is as close as can be obtained. Only the finest materials are used in this series such as the 220 year old Adirondack Spruce from West Virginia (many details), beautiful flamed one piece Maple back, sides & neck, grained Ivoroid bound Ebony fingerboard, triple bound body, bound headstock with traditional Abalone & Pearl “Flowerpot” inlay, Ebony traditional full contact bridge, 1 1/16’’ Pearl nut, traditional Cremona sunburst varnish finish, Waverly chrome tuners with Pearl buttons and “James” tailpiece with engraved “The Altman” logo. The overall sound of this instrument is smooth, rich and vibrant as if were played for decades. The low end is “silky” warm and very resonant, the midrange “pops & pings” with extreme cutting power and the high end screams with clarity with warm edge which in turn makes for a most pleasing balance. The “chop” anywhere on the neck emits that “woof” directly out of the chamber. This description of sound can be heard on You Tube while Hershel is playing both his Loar and this one. Again the same specifications with the exception of the abbreviated fingerboard extension. Before purchasing any upper tier instrument, do yourself a huge favor and play this one as it is very serious and contains a lot of “magic.” Priced with deluxe hard case.
Product ID: c200
Beard Jerry Douglas Limited Edition # 6 Of 50Near mint - Only 50 of these very rare and highly sought after models are to be made and feature the highest quality materials and designed by Jerry Douglas. Beard modified “E” body with solid highly quilted Pommele Sapele top, back & sides, open body chamber and baffle, Beard spun cone & spider bridge, custom design “Spinning Palm” cover plate, flamed custom Maple binding on body, neck & peghead, dual screen sound holes, Ebony fretted fingerboard with custom inlay pattern along with “Jerry Douglas” signature inlay, chrome plated hardware, Waverly “Butterbean” tuners, original custom “Douglas” crest peghead inlay, custom “Fishman” pickup with hard Maple Ebony capped bridge with adjustable Maple saddle inserts and “Fishman Jerry Douglas” Aura resonator guitar pedal which has never been out of the box. This is the most powerful Beard Resonator guitars we have encountered with incredible tone, outstanding balance, instant response and overall sound. Beautiful in every detail and sounds better than it looks. Comes with special custom beige arch top/arch back case with tooled brown leather trim along with “Jerry Douglas” logo.
Product ID: 829
Grundy Custom “Flintriver” Maple New - An absolute stunning instrument in more ways than one and this one has some very unique features as well. Each one of “Flintriver” models is a one of a kind with different inlay patterns and designs. This one has a peghead inlay of a Confederate soldier holding a Rebel flag & rifle in gray and dark Pearl with the flag in Pearl & Turquoise. The fingerboard is exquisitely inlaid with Pearl & Abalone designs and crossings swords in Pearl & Turquoise between the 11th and 12th frets. All the inlay work is some of the finest detail we have ever seen. The wood used on the resonator and neck is profusely flamed Maple as the neck is liken unto a “Tiger’s Tail” and the resonator appears to have an almost 3D effect. One very unique feature is the one piece solid Maple rim which means only there is only one glue joint, the first we’ve seen. Rather having three pieces of wood with several glued joints that can hinder sound, the one piece will allow for more vibration & sound transfer. The finish on this instrument is “Bell Bronze” with the exception of the tuners and the hooks which are gold plated and will take on a natural “patina.” The rest of the best is the Gundy flathead tone ring, one piece flange and tension hoop all formulated from a 1934 RB-4 once owned by Earl Scruggs, bound Ebony fingerboard, Maple 5/8’’ bridge with Ebony insert, 1 1/8’’ bone nut width thumb screws with Pearl inserts, and triple bound resonator. It will be very difficult to find a higher quality instrument with the features Laurie Grundy has displayed in his work in regards to beauty, highest grade of materials and outstanding craftsmanship than these offered here. Last but more important is the sound and that is old warm, sweet, open, powerful and robust. “Simply Outstanding.” Priced with deluxe hard case.
Product ID: c211