2009 prices for Standard Old Wave Models, includes hardshell case.

Mandolin, FF or Oval Soundhole
  A Style
$2,600
 
  C# Style
$3,200
 
  F Style
$4,900
 

Mandola, Oval Soundhole
  A Style
$3,400
 
  C# Style
$3,800
 


 
Octave Mandolin, Guitar Shaped F Holes
   
$4,400
 
   

 
 

 

Our son Ezra, 2003 Utah state mandolin champion, 2004 Utah state fiddle champion, 2005 Utah state guitar champion, 2008 Rockygrass dobro champion and his brother, singer songwriter Silas
 

Custom orders require a $250 deposit in advance, balance due when ready to ship. I usually have several standard non-custom instruments under construction at all times, these also require a $250 deposit, and are shipped on 3 day approval. Call or e-mail for availability and current delivery schedule.


Unless otherwise noted, all Old Wave mandolin family instruments feature the following:

Solid air dried Colorado Englemann Spruce top, bookmatched from handsplit billet, carefully arched and graduated to produce optimal sound. Red Spruce, Carpathian Spruce, Western Red Cedar, and Curly Redwood also available.

 
Handsplit Adirondack Red Spruce bracing

 

Curly maple sides, back, neck, and peghead veneer (Ebony peghead veneer on F style)  
Honduran Mahogany neckblock, tailblock, and kerfed linings  
Bison femur nut  
Ebony fretboard and bridge  
Stew-mac, Grover, or Schaller tuners  
D'Addario strings  
Freshly prepared hot hide glue for center joints, top bracing, and top/sides joint

 

Center joint surfaces hand planed with antique Stanley #7 Jointer Plane with Ron Hock blade and Clifton Sheffield cap iron  
Behlen Stringed Instrument Lacquer finish  
Fretboard relief and string height set up for maximum playability and tone

 

     

Mandolins
All feature 13.875'' scale length, 12'' radius fingerboard Oval soundhole models: graphite trussrod, X bracing, abalone soundhole rosette F soundhole models: adjustable steel trussrod, traditional tonebar bracing. Optional body woods include Texas Mesquite, Arizona Sycamore, New Mexico Black Walnut, Honduran Mahogany.

Mandolas
Available in A and C# body styles All feature 16'' or 17''scale length, 16'' fretboard radius, adjustable steel trussrod, X bracing, oval soundhole, and abalone soundhole rosette Optional body woods include Texas Mesquite, Arizona Sycamore, New Mexico Black Walnut, Honduran Mahogany.

Octave Mandolins
All feature 21.5'' scale length, 16'' fretboard radius, adjustable steel trussrod, X bracing, ebony pickguard and tailpiece.


The Old Wave A style F hole body is based on a 1976 Mark Taylor PA-5; the F holes are based on a late '40s Epiphone archtop guitar shape.

The A style oval hole body is based on a 1917 Gibson.

The C# (asymmetrical 2 point) style mandolin and mandola are based on a Mike Kemnitzer Nugget design.

The F style body is based on the Stew-Mac blueprint, which is also seen in the background of this page (used with permission).

The octave mandolin body is a Bill Bussmann original.


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