Traugott Legendary Luthiers day videos, Collings DH2, David Wren Build, Weber Gallatin and Yellowstone, Northfield F5s, Clark, Gibson F4, Four Gibson Snakeheads.
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Jeff Traugott's Legendary Luthiers day was a great success. Many thanks to Jeff or a great day and a very interesting talk.
Previous events with Ervin Somogyi, Grit Laskin, Linda Manzer and Ray Kraut have all been a great success and can be seen here
Traugott BK koa video, click here.
Jeff Traugott Legendary Luthiers talk, click here.
David Wren opened his build list and closed it very quickly. I am very fortunate to have two guitars booked for late 2017 and 2018.

Here are the back and sides sets.

Collings D2H 2015.

Fantastic classic rosewood dreadnought sound, very deep, warm and resonant with lots of headroom and great projection. It has fantastic volume and definition. In excellent condition.

Used guitars, click here.
Weber Gallatin F5 faded leather and Yellowstone A5 in the gorgeous honey and tortoise finish due next week.

Weber are now charging 50% extra for the natural finish on the Gallatin range. All my stock of natural finish Gallatins is at pre-brexit prices so you you would save about 50% on the new price now. Or to put it another way future natural finish Gallatins will be about twice the price of the mandolins in stock.

In Stock.

Two Gallatin A5 natural.

One Gallatin F4 natural.

One Gallatin F5 natural.

Weber mandolins, click here.
Northfield F5S.

Northfield's F5S has been getting a fantastic reception stateside and with very good reason.

They are bluegrass monsters with a strong and powerful chop and much, much more, strong well defined bass notes, rich and complex mids and clear trebles. The balance and projection is remarkable as is the depth of tone. Great for the aforementioned bluegrass and almost any other style.

Northfield mandolins, click here.

Clark guitar bodied octave mandolin (GoM) cutaway 2015 USED

In excellent condition, save £1100 on the new price.

Gorgeous sunburst guitar bodied octave mandolin, 20.25" scale, ebony tailpiece, bound ebony pickguard, ebony bridge, Adirondack Spruce top and Red Maple back and sides, bound in ivoroid with black/white purfling, varnish finish, abalone and MoP headstock inlay and it comes in a custom Ameritage case.

The jazz guitar bodied octave mandolin seems to be the way to go, it has magical qualities, bass that I've not heard in other octaves, it is well defined and solid, if you like your octave mandolins jangly this is not for you. If you like a strong bass and lots of deep warm sound with great definition and projection it is perfect.

Used mandolins, click here.

Summit A-100-5 sunburst 2003 USED.

A beautiful A5 in spruce and gorgeous flamed maple from rural Tennessee, single bound top and back, ebony fretboard and bridge and abalone Summit mountain and moon logo. Paul's A100 has plenty of chop and cut for slaying ban*oes with amazing projection and clarity it is great for fast runs and percussive style accompaniment.

With TKL case. In very good condition with a few small dings on the top, no issues and plays beautifully, a lot of hand made mandolin for the money.

Used mandolins, click here.
Four Gibson snakeheads in this week!

Gibson A snakehead 1923.

1923 Loar era snakehead in excellent condition. All original, pickguard, pickguard clamp, tuners, tailpiece and cover and case.

The snakehead is widely considered to be the holy grail of Gibson oval hole mandolins, with good reason.

It has oodles of the classic snakehead sound, very loud with fantastic punch and projection. An oval hole mandolin with attitude, it also responds well to a lighter touch with great definition and warm, deep tones.

Used mandolins, click here.

Gibson A1 snakehead 1924

This blacktop, varnish finish A-1 has the top and back binding typical of an A-2. The peghead sports a faux abalone “The Gibson” logo and it has the adjustable truss rod and ebony bridge typical of the Loar era. Original tuners and tailpiece, but missing pickguard. One barely noticeable and professionally repaired top crack from the rosette to the top of the mandolin on the treble side. Great tone and playability with a slim, fast neck. OHSC.

This has the classic snakehead sound with the fat and full tone of a Gibson oval hole with added pop and clarity, the best of both worlds.

Used mandolins, click here.

Gibson 1924 A2Z snakehead.

The holy grail of the snakehead holy grails let me explain. The Gibson snakehead mandolin, spottable by the distinctive headstock shape and produced during the time that Lloyd Loar was at Gibson is widely considered to be the pinnacle of Gibson's oval hole mandolins. The A2Z is regarded as the best sounding and is the most sought after of the snakeheads.

The reason for this is that you get the benefits of the depth and resonance and depth of an oval hole mandolin but with amazing projection and clarity, the best of both worlds. The is a very fine example of the holy grail.

Adjustable truss-rod, adjustable bridge, natural top finish, really nice clean solid overall excellent condition, original but for expertly done new frets, original hard case.

Used mandolins, click here.

Gibson A4 snakehead 1924.

Gibson A-4 snakehead 1924, sunburst finish, two-piece back of gorgeous American maple with beautiful figure, adjustable truss-rod, adjustable bridge, Virzi Tone Producer, completely original, overall excellent condition but for one repaired hairline top crack from bridge to binding, original hard case.

This beauty is one of the best snakes I've heard, as loud as an F5 and with the oval hole sound but pumped up with fantastic clarity and separation. The A2Z snakehead is widely regarded as best of the snakeheads for tone but the A4 snakehead has all the pop of an A2Z but with more depth and resonance.

Used mandolins, click here.

And some photos of them all together.
1917 Gibson A4 due next week.
Happy pickin'.

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