What do you call these things anyway?
This is the most common question asked at trade shows
and there is some confusion over what these essentially "giant
mandolins" are called. Below is some general information about
"mandolin family" instruments as well as guitars and guitar
original Irish bouzouki design, the B-I features a 25 1/2" scale
and greater body depth which combine to produce an instrument
with superior sustain and low end balanced with clear, bell-like
midrange and highs. This was the first model originally designed
for Michael Holmes of Dervish.
For those looking for something a little different in body design,
we offer the B-II. This model was inspired by the traditional, graceful
mandolin designs seen earlier in the 20th century by makers like Vega,
Gibson and Martin. The B-II has proven itself as a great lead bouzouki,
with solid highs and midrange, complemented by rich, woody bass tones.
The largest model in the traditional teardrop
shaped bouzouki series, the B-III (also affectionately known as the "B-52") is a
great zouk for accompaniment in large groups and sessions. This was
the second model originally developed for Michael Holmes and at 15" across
and 4.5" at the tailblock its projection, sustain and low end
power has been proven with numerous bands and performers around the
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A traditionally-styled octave mandolin,
the OM-I is a versatile instrument lending itself well to lead work
and, with it's deep body design, accompaniment
fiddle players will appreciate our new short-necked "s" models
featuring a 20.125" (511 mm) scale for their easy fingering
and surprisingly good depth of tone and sustain.
The OM-II offers ease of play and a cutting
midrange that also works well as a lead instrument, and it is also
available as the OM-IIs with the 20.125" (511
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These instruments usually have a shorter scale length,
large body, 10 strings, and are used with a variety of tunings.
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- Style II
guitar with redwood top, curly koa back and sides, 25.5" (648mm)
- Style VI
"Small jumbo" Brazilian
rosewood back and sides, Bearclaw Sitka spruce
top, 25.5" scale
- More styles listed soon!
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offer 8 and 10-stringed versions of several of our smaller guitar
The Style 1-G was born when an extra octave mandolin neck found
its way onto a neckless, Style I parlor guitar body several years
ago. The result was a versatile instrument, well suited for fingerpicking
and crosspicking styles or providing superb depth of sound for
backing up a large group. The Style I-G features an X-braced
spruce top with a pin bridge. The neck profile is relatively
flat with an ovaled fingerboard for slick action and easy playability.
We can also build these using our Style V based on the Martin
00 and the Style II which is our take on the 000 size.
teardrop mandolin shape. We use a slightly longer scale and deeper
body to produce an instrument with lots of ring and sustain.
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photo and sound galleries.
20 1/8 scale can be tuned in standard mandola tuning
CGDA and capoed
at the 5th fret to give standard mandolin tuning.