New. Beautifully loud and resonant mandola made in Montana using redwood, madrona, and maple. Innovative oval-hole X-braced construction from Helena builder Tom Sheehy.
Redwood carved top with beautiful grain and color characteristics. Madrona carved back, sides, and heelcap. Adjustable lilac wood bridge with beautiful purple hues. Body is bound with curly maple, with lines visible on top, back, sides, and around rosette. Radiused jatoba fingerboard with corian position markers. Figured maple armrest, suspend-mounted to neckblock with innovative carbon fiber design. Powder-coated Blues Hardware tailpiece with corian trim. Peghead has madrona overlay with corian design inlaid. Nickel tuners with pearloid buttons.
We are big Blues Hardware fans here. Mr. Sheehy's innovative construction techniques, hand-harvested wood and attention to aesthetic and tonal detail means you get a high-quality instrument, made right here in America. This mandola in particular has a robust and rich sound, with big lows and a warm resonance. A joy to play.
$1,850.00 w/ Gig bag
New Blues Hardware Oval Hole Model A Mandola 'In Stock'
New. Made in Helena, Montana by Tom Sheehy, who is known for his innovative building style. 16" scale. 1 5/16" width at nut.
Back and sides made of Pacific Madrone (madrona). Nicely grained oval-hole redwood top. Mr. Sheehy harvests his own wood in the Pacific Northwest. Maple neck. Flamed maple back binding, visible from sides. Jatoba fingerboard has corian position markers and comfortable radius. Bone nut. Beautiful madrona pickguard, suspended by carbon fiber. Top is not bound, but overhangs the sides, like a violin edge with multiple purfling lines like a violin would have inside the top edge. Very cleverly made parts: handmade bridge, pickguard, tailpiece, etc. Jatoba adjustable bridge with gold adjuster wheels. Powder coated tailpiece has removeable corian cover for easy stringing and has blues hardware engraved. Madrona heelcap and peghead overlay with stylish corian inlay. Another unique feature of this mandola is a 20-ply wood strap attachment bolted to the bass side, which allows for multiple styles of strap, including F-style loopend straps. Nickel tuners with pearloid buttons.
This is a uniquely designed and handbuilt instrument. We have been very impressed with Blues Hardware mandolas and we are proud to showcase our Western Montana builders and their fine products. This instrument has the tinkerbell highs of a mandolin with the extra deep wood of the low C strings. It's a big sound and very rewarding to play. A rich and responsive mandola.
$1,750.00 w/ Gig Bag
New Blues Hardware Oval Hole Model B Mandolin 'In Stock'
New. Another beautiful mandolin from Helena, Montana builder Tom Sheehy. 1 1/4" width at nut.
Cedar top, locally and sustainably harvested from Idaho near Lolo Pass. Madrona back and sides. Maple neck with carbon fiber rod. Jatoba fingerboard with corian position markers inlaid on bass side. Curly maple peghead overlay with stylized Blues Hardware logo inlaid in corian. Curly maple binding showing on back, sides, and top. Special end bumper binding on the points is carefully crafted to resist dings from either direction. Madrona pickguard, suspended from end of fingerboard by Mr. Sheehy's unique carbon fiber design. Hard lilac wood bridge with beautiful hues of lilac color. Schaller tuners. Innovative Blues Hardware tailpiece makes restringing easy as the strings have pins to catch on. It is also powder coated for durability, with corian layer on top.
The oval hole tone nicely complements the lyrical character of this mandolin. Carefully hand-crafted, it is built to last. Readily playable with a variety of styles of music.
$1,395.00 w/ OHC
c 1980 Bob Brook Mandolin 'In Stock'
VG (+) condition. 1 3/32" width at nut, just a hair narrower than 1 1/8" with a full U profile. Bob Brook is known in the Northwest as a good guitar and mandolin builder, who lived at various times in Missoula, Montana and Sandpoint, Idaho area, where he hobnobbed and worked with many of the celebrated luthiers from that area during the 1970s and 1980s. Mr. Brook was a contemporary with Bob Givens, Nick Kukich (Franklin Guitars), and Steven Andersen, Mike Dulak, and others.
Nice Engelmann Spruce top. Very nice maple back, sides, and neck. Two-piece neck with ebony stringer and ebony heelcap. Ebony peghead overlay, flat fingerboard, bridge, and endpin. Top and back are bound with single ivoroid binding. Very nice and unique single mother of pearl flower inlay in peghead, with RNBrook logo inlaid. 4-on-a-plate Kluson tuners with antiqu'ed ivoroid buttons. Nickel tailpiece. Repaired crack from top of bass F-hole to binding. Smaller crack repaired at opposite end of same F-hole (harder to see). A 4-inch back crack was also repaired in the maple near the widest bout on the bass side.
Woody, strong sound, that comes alive with bold chop and robust tremolo.
$2,850.00 w/ HC
Recent Breedlove AM-00 VTG Mandolin 'In Stock'
Exc (+) condition. Finely working mandolin in great shape with only mild fretwear. 13 15/16" scale, 1-3/16" nut width, and 16" radius.
Tear-drop shaped body with single oval hole. Solid Sitka Spruce top with solid Western Maple back and sides. Semi-gloss finish. Top has subtle vintage-style sunburst in warm shades of brown, orange, and red. Maple neck and ebony fretboard with dot position markers. Ebony peghead overlay with stylized logo inlayed. Ebony truss rod cover and heelcap.
L.R. Baggs pickup installed and functioning.
This mandolin is a turn-key instrument, complete with quality construction and a great pickup. The original hardshell case is of high quality and also in great shape. The molded tailpiece makes changing strings a snap. If you are looking for an affordable stage-ready mandolin with a classic oval-hole sound, this is a good one.
$995.00 w/ OHC
New Don Dryer A-5 Mandolin 'In Stock'
New. 1 5/32" nut width. This is a great early mandolin from a local builder, Don Dryer. We have had the pleasure of watching Don's instruments evolve into beautifully crafted tone producers in just a few short years. Don is just one of those guys who gets great tone, but also has the near-perfect craftsmanship to go along with it. This is his mandolin number 6.
Strikingly beautiful highly figured Maple back, sides and neck. Red Spruce top. Tobacco sunburst finish. Fully multiple bound. Nickel hardware. Allen tailpiece. Tuners have ivoroid buttons. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with pearl dot position markers. 1 5/32" width at nut. Flowerpot inlaid in peghead with pearl and abalone. Ebony pickguard with white binding.
This is a fine mandolin... in fact I would say it is worlds beyond most builders for mandolin #6. It is very alive and resonant with no distractive unresolved tones. Great balance, great low G string. D string also has a strong bite. As and Es ring true. Depth, nuance, projection, strong chop... they're all here.
$2,950.00 On Sale... $2,549.00 w/ OHC
New Don Dryer A-5 Mandolin 'On Hold'
New. Yet another fabulous mandolin from Montana builder Don Dryer. We continue to be impressed with Mr. Dryer's instruments. This one is number 7. Width at nut 1 5/32".
Beautifully figured maple back and sides. Maple neck. High grade red spruce top with tobacco sunburst. Fully multiple bound with black and ivoroid. Pearl dot position markers on gently radiused ebony fingerboard. Beautifully chosen pearl and abalone flowerpot inlay on peghead. Ebony pickguard. Nickel hardware. Ivoroid tuner buttons. Really a well-constructed and great-sounding mandolin.
We are proud to showcase local builders, and Mr. Dryer's mandolins are holding their own amongst the finest in the store. These mandolins have a solid chop to hold down steady rhythm. Their G and D strings have a great bite to them. The As and Es have that lyrical quality that sets the great mandolins apart from the rest. When you play tremolo on this mandolin, it really vibrates and comes alive. An excellent instrument.
$2,950.00 w/ OHC
Recent Eastman MD315 Mandolin 'In Stock'
Exc (-) condition. No cracks or problems, only slight incidental dings from playing and handling. 1 3/32" width at nut.
Solid spruce top. Solid maple neck, back, and sides. Ebony radiused fingerboard with dot inlays. Ebony peghead veneer. Ebony adjustable bridge. Body is bound with ivoroid, with multiple lines showing on top and single line showing on sides. Chrome tuners with pearloid buttons.
Plays well and sounds good.
$695.00 w/ Gig Bag
C. 1920 Fairbanks/Vega "Little Wonder" Banjolin Mandolin 'In Stock'
This instrument is being sold in "as-is" condition. It is playable, but the action gets very high around the 10th-12th fret.
Maple neck and rim. Ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Rosewood peghead overlay.
$750.00 w/ OHC
2003 Gilchrist Model 5X Mandolin 'In Stock'
Exceptional condition. Serial number 03552.
Highly figured maple back and sides with two-piece bookmatched maple back. Silver Gotoh tuners with solid pearl buttons that catch the light delightfully. Matching silver Gilchrist tailpiece. Flowerpot inlay in ebony peghead overlay with Gilchrist script at top of peghead. Multiple ivoroid bindings throughout with black line seen at top and back of body, along side of fingerboard, and peghead. Flat ebony fingerboard with double-cut extension and pearl dot inlays. Tortoise pickguard with multiple ivoroid bindings. Handsome sunburst.
Very strong sound and appears to have been barely played by previous owner. This mandolin has a bright future ahead of it... with you!
$22,000.00 w/ Black Calton
New Kentucky KM-250 Mandolin Call for next availability.
Carved, solid spruce top. Maple back, sides and neck. Top and back are multiple bound and have sunburst finish. Flat Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Nickel tuners with pearloid buttonds. Multiple bound peghead with Ebony overlay and Kentucky logo with elaborate pearl and abalone inlay.
Nice sound and playability. Starting in the early '80's, these KM-250's have been a favorite "starter" instrument for serious players.
Exc.(-) Condition. There is a repaired crack in the neck, underneath the fingerboard on the treble side. Otherwise, there is a minor amount of fret wear, a few stray dings on the top and an Ebony strap button professionally installed in the neck.
Spruce top with beautiful Bird's Eye Maple on the back, sides and neck. Radiused Ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays. Ebony peghead overlay with elaborate Abalone "Wreath" inlay and Abalone Kimble logo. Mandolin has beautiful blond coloration that is perfectly accentuated by the multiple tortoise bindings, with white line also shown inside binding on face of peghead, below binding on fingerboard, and multiple lines shown on top and back of body.Silver James tailpiece.
This instrument is extremely fine sounding with a hard, woody attack.
New Ko'oalau Pono MND-20 DeLuxe Octave Mandolin 'On Hold'
New. All solid wood. Tuned GDAE for octave mandolin but can also be restrung with the top eight strings of a 12-string guitar and become a tenor 8-string guitar tuned DGBE. 1 3/8" width at nut.
Gloss finish. Very nice natural spruce top showing great character. Mahogany back and sides. Flat ebony fingerboard with pearl dot position markers. Ebony bridge. Bone nut and saddle. Ebony bridge pins with pearl dot. Top is multiple bound with ebony and other wood layers. Ebony binding showing on back and sides. Gold Grover tuners with pearloid buttons. Beautiful abalone soundhole rosette. Two-way adjustable truss rod.
Comes with great arched hard case.
$1,319.00 w/ OHC
Larry Hughes Mandolin 'In Stock'
VG.(+) Condition. The top, back and sides all have a few minor dings. There is some minor wear on the frets, and a small area of finish rubbed off the back of the neck around the first fret area.
Engelmann Spruce top with Ivoroid binding. Highly figured Maple back, sides and neck. The back, fretboard and peghead also have single Ivoroid binding. Radiused Ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays, Ebony peghead overlay with "Flowerpot" inlay.
Sound is strong with a good voice.
$3,995.00 On Sale... $3,000.00 w/ HC
1968 Martin Style A Mandolin 'On Hold'
Exceptional condition. Very little wear given the age of the mandolin. Very little wear on the frets, body, peghead etc. All original parts and hardware. Oval hole construction with angled flat top and flat back.
Natural finish Sitka Spruce top with multiple bindings. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Back has single tortoise binding. Top has tortoise outer bindings with multiple wood inner purflings. Tasteful multiple soundhole rosette. Beautiful tortoise pickguard. Original 4-on-a-plate Kluson Deluxe tuners. Ebony nut. Rosewood bridge. Brazilian rosewood flat fingerboard and peghead overlay.
This mandolin is in amazingly good condition with beautiful character to the wood and finish. If you're looking for that classic Martin mandolin sound, this is a great example.
$995.00 w/ Chipboard Case
2013 Mike Black A-4 Mandolin 'In Stock'
Exc condition. This is a modern rendition of a traditional A-4 mandolin.
Beautiful sunburst color, very close to original A-4 and F-4 mandolin color. Body and fingerboard bound with ivoroid bindings. Oval soundhole has traditional ivoroid and wood marquetry soundhole rosette. Black logo inlaid at top of peghead overlay, with fleur d' lis inlay in center of peghead. Ebony peghead overlay. Ebony radiused fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Fingerboard has double-cut extension. Ebony adjustable bridge. Ebony end pin.
Figured Maple back and sides and neck. 2-pc bookmatched back. Nickel Gotoh tuners with ivoroid buttons. James tailpiece with Black logo engraved. Neck is much more comfortable and ergonomically designed than the original A-4's.
This is a well-made mandolin that has very good sound. Beautifully fast attack with lots of depth and expression. I would say this mandolin has a more solid sound and a bigger voice than most old original oval hole mandolins.
$2,095.00 w/ OHC
c. 1975 ODE "A-Style" Oval Hole Mandolin 'In Stock'
VG. Condition. The top has moderate lacquer checking throughout and some finish is rubbed away near binding on the bass side. The back has some lacquer checking as well, and a few small marks. There is some moderate wear on the frets.
Spruce top with single binding. Mahogany back with dark red finish. Mahogany neck and fingerboard with Pearl dot inlays. Mahogany peghead overlay with Ode logo.
Nice, full tone with good playability.
$1,695.00 w/ Newer Hard Case
Parts Mandolin From Givens' Shop A Mandolin 'In Stock'
This is a "kit" mandolin using wood parts from the GTR instrument shop where R.L. Givens was main luthier and tool and jig maker. The top graduations and finish work were completed by an unknown maker.
Exc.(-) Condition. Top has a few marks and one sizeable ding in the binding. The back is in nice shape with just a few light scratches. Minor wear on the frets.
Spruce top with sunburst finish. Maple back, sides and neck. Ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Ebony 2-pc. adjustable bridge.
This mandolin is unique in that it would be a good candidate to play on stage with a pickup. The top is not lively, hence, the player would have lower feedback.
$1,375.00 w/ HC
1985 Ratliff F-5 Mandolin 'In Stock'
Exc (-) condition. Width at nut: 1 1/16". Lovely traditional sunburst. Rounded V-profile neck with slim feel.
Mildly figured maple back, sides, and neck. Spruce top. Ebony peghead overlay, flat fingerboard, and bridge. Double-cut fingerboard extension has been scalloped. Multiple ivoroid bindings: top and back of body show black line on top and back edge and top edge around peghead. Single ivoroid-bound fingerboard. Medium dot inlays in fingerboard. Ratliff logo at center of peghead with nice floral pattern in center of peghead. Nickel hardware. Appears to be Gotoh tuners with ebony buttons. Traditional two-piece nickel tailpiece has engraved cover. Some polite finish checking but nothing serious. Evidence of wear on frets but not needing milling. Frets are fine and serviceable; nothing needed.
Very strong chop without working too hard with the pick. Pleasant and lively highs. E string is particularly lovely. This is a highly playable mandolin.
$2,350.00 w/ Travelite-style case
New Shanti Parlor Guitar Body Octave Mandolin 'In Stock'
New. Beautiful made-in-Montana octave mandolin from boutique builder Michael Hornick. For well over 30 years, Shanti Guitars have been a top handmade instrument around the world. Mr. Hornick recently moved to our area and we are pleased to showcase his instruments.
Red Spruce top. Gorgeous quilted Western Big Leaf Maple back and sides. Maple neck. Brazilian Rosewood rosette, bridge, and peghead overlay. Intricate Paua abalone and ebony bindings showing on top. Binding line showing on sides appears to be rosewood, with beautiful matching heelcap. Black-white-black lines of binding showing on back inside rosewood line. Wooden marketry strip in center of back and end strip. Ebony radiused fingerboard has abalone music note inlays with abalone bird that matches peghead inlay at 12th fret. Fingerboard is bound with rosewood. Titanium frets. Bone nut and saddle with bone bridgepins. Solid pearl buttons on gold tuners. Ebony/abalone strap button installed on heel. Rosewood/abalone button on end. Two soundports have been installed on this octave mandolin, with matching quilted maple covers. The soundports are meant to allow more tone to travel to the player's ear and indeed the instrument seems louder when they are open. Both soundports have just a couple lines of very miniscule finish checking near their openings, not visible at all when covers are on and very minor and hard to see when covers are open.
This is a beautiful instrument crafted to the highest of aesthetic and performance standards, with top grade materials. Its tone is big and warm, and pleasantly soft. A joy to play. Brand new and yet wide open, this instrument will continue to improve. We know its owner will cherish it for years to come.