Thread: Next Mandolin?
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Old 01-02-2019, 05:38 AM
Mandobart Mandobart is offline
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My first custom-built to my own specs was my western redcedar topped hybrid F4 built by Sonny Morris. Sonny is a friend of mine who has been building mandolins and violins for quite a few years. He builds them specifically for tone and playability. No fancy inlay or binding. I've now got 3 other instruments (by other talented one-man-shop luthiers) with western redcedar tops. The combination of WRC with an oval hole and simple single transverse brace like Sonny builds will result in a very sweet mellow tone with strong bass response. He is on FB and I have his snail mail address I'll be happy to send in a message if you like.

I have no financial interest or kickbacks - but I consider his mandos to hold their own in terms of tone and playability over Collings, Webers and many others costing two to three times what Sonny asks.

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