Saturday, December 30, 2006

Evergreen Mandolin by Oregon Luthier: Jerry Nolte

Pictured to the Right:
Englemann Spruce & Big Leaf Maple A style Mandolin
Luthier: Jerry Nolte

Back & sides: High curl Bigleaf Maple
Top: Englemann Spruce
Neck: High-curl Bigleaf Maple
The necks have a 1/8" ebony insert for added strength and are 14 frets clear of the body.
The fret scale is a 14" long scale.
Fretboard & bridge: Ebony
Binding: Curl Maple with Ebony purfling.
Pickguard: Quilt Big leaf Maple
Peghead overlay is cut from the same Quilt Maple as the finger rest.
Bound and arched Fingerboard Shaded to Honey Amber Color and finished with a High Quality Hand rubbed Violin Varnish.Nolte uses only MASTER GRADE, Traditional Violin Family Woods that he has sawn from split bolts and air Dryed.This instrument is Available at THE CROW.

List Price: $2,850.00
Hard shell "Ameritage suspension" case included

Genn Mandolins a Big sound for a Great Price!

Pictured to the right: Glenn Mandolin Student Model Luthier: Allen Jones of Missouri

Mr. Allen calls these his STUDENT MODEL
but they are certainly geared for the Serious Musician.
We were stunned when we unpacked this instrument and gave it a run. Its playability and sound are right up there with the Heavy hitters!
It allows for most of us to step into the world of Handbuilts at a price you would pay for a Pacific rim plywood instrument!
The Luthier speaks:If you've been looking for a great sounding, nice playing mandolin that won't break your bank account, you've finally found the right one!I've been a musician and luthier my whole life, and I build my mandolins for the musicians discriminating ear. Playability is always of major concern, and I strive to build fine playing instruments.I strive to build quality instruments at an affordable price. My mandolins are handcrafted from the finest tonewoods supplied by "Old Standard Wood" Fulton Mo.The tops and backs are accurately carved, graduated, and tap tuned, to D and D#In short, these are exceptionally good sounding mandolins with a deep woody bass tone and powerful clear highs

This is the student model mandolin #79 with black face and reddish brown back. I can do other colors such as "pumpkin" top or sunburst. I also offer a long scale X-braced oval hole The student model is a no frills mandolin intended for the serious musician on a tight budget. I use the same Adirondack spruce top with F-holes and tone bars as on my higher priced mandolins.The top and back plates are graduated and tuned to the same specs also.. The student model has straight grained hard maple back, neck and sides.
List Price: 850.00

Bluett Bros.of Penn. a Mandolin to Savor!

We have an Unbelievable Mandolin From Mark Bluett.
If you are interested please dont hesitate on coming to see this for yourselves..
It is so wonderful to be able to purchase an instrument like this without the waiting and wondering!
Mark Bluett made his first violin in 1982. He had a dream of becoming a luthier. Twenty one years later Mark's dream has become reality. Bluett Bros. Violins was established in 1984 and through the years, Bluett stringed instruments have gained recognition for their quality of sound and aesthetic beauty.Bluett instruments are created from the finest of woods; spruce, curly maple & mahogany that must be air dried a minimum of twenty years. Over time, Mark has honed his ability to "read" the wood. He has a keen understanding of the density and stability of different woods and knows how to identify varying directions of its grains. Continuous tone tapping of the wood during the the carving process is done to perfect the tone and evenness throughout the instrument and ensure clarity of sound. The final hand rubbed finish gives Bluett instruments that vintage quality appearance. The two key elements for a great instrument are an experienced luthier and quality wood.Each of Mark's instruments is created individually to meet the customer's needs and desires. At Bluett Bros. Violins, luthery is a passionate pursuit of perfection. Our goal is to provide our customers with the instrument of their dreams to enjoy for a lifetime.

Capo for the Cancer

Yep.... its true!
I took this copy right off the back of their packaging."Kyser Musical Products Inc., is proud to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We are excited to announce our "Capo for the Cure."When you purchase this special capo, $1.00 from each wholsale sale will be donated by Kyser Musical Products, Inc. to the Susan G Komen Foundation.
Do you know someone who does?
Capo for the Cure is Great Gift!
You could also send a capo in memory of someone to your local school program!"Remember as always Kyser has a lifetime warranty on their capos.If you ever have a problem with your capo simply return it and they will replace it FREE!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sven Gonstead Instruments

Pictured Above: Quilted Cherry Lap Steel Guitar
Body: Quilted Cherry
Neck: Soft Maple
Binding: Ebony
Fretboard: Ebony
Headcap and Bridge: Ebony
Tuners: Waverly, Ebony Butterbeans
Tailpiece on this inst.: Chrome
Hardshell case

Available at the Crow. Luthier, Sven Gonstead

After graduating from the University of Arizona , Sven Gonstead decided to attend the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery with the intent of building instruments during the summer break. Within four weeks of his education at Roberto-Venn, Sven was taken by the craft of building acoustic instruments. "I knew I had found my true passion in life". The school gave him an understanding of the fundamentals for instrument structure, design and building procedures.Upon graduating from luthiery school Sven was hired by the highly respected Santa Cruz Guitar Company. Their focus was to build instruments of extremely high quality. During his time at Santa Cruz Guitar Company he enjoyed meeting other luthiers and making numerous contacts throughout the music industry.In time, he moved home to the Midwest and started his own guitar studio. Sven now resides in Big Bay, Michigan where he specializes in producing acoustic and resophonic instruments of uncompromising quality.