Prototype German Mandolin (2012)
One Owner, who is now selling because he cannot hold bowls. Please click an image to view larger format.
Only one of these instruments exists so far. Built in 2012, the goal was to explore some new ideas, namely giving a larger portion of the tone to the player via large side ports. The front hole still exists, though it sounds through a raw silk screen added for decorative purposes. The design was pure imagination with a nod to history. It has a notable German feel to it, which is fine because that’s mostly the tone it resembles. In fact, it sounds more like the modern German school than do my regular German mandolins which have a warmer tone to them. The modern German school of luthery imbues a subdued tone to the instrument, with a bright E string that pops. That is this instrument in essence.
Strung with Thomatiks, the instrument comes with Schaller tuners, one of my own solid brass tailpieces, varnish finish, and is in absolutely mint condition.
Available for $6500 USD or best offer. This price includes German Rock hardcase. Please contact Brian directly for more information. Thank you.