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These prices are listed to give you a general idea on costs but each individual instrument is based on current material prices and any unique requirements.

   
 
    F5

Mandolin

 
   A & A+
Mandolins & Mandolas
 
   H5

Mandola

MC4 & MC5
Mandocello

000 Guitar

Arch Top

Guitar

  Glue For Assembly            
  Titebond No Charge          
  Hot Hide (Required for light rim) $25 $20 $35 $50 $50 $50
  Rim*
  Unless stated otherwise, the rim is cut from the same piece as the backboard.
  Clear Maple $300 $220 $340 $412    
  Curly Red Maple $400 $300 $400 $450 $450 $600
  Black Walnut $475 $415 $505 $505    
  Quilted Biglef Maple $500 $440 $530 $629 $600 $600
  Brazilian Rosewood         $850  
  Honduras Mahogany         $650 $850
  * Specify light weight if wanted.
  Point Protectors
  White Plastic $20 -- $20 $20    
  Composite Ivory $30   $40 $50    
  Bone $30 -- $40 $50    
  Ebony $30   $40 $50    
  3 Color to match Binding $100 -- $100 $125    
  Soundboard*            
  Sitka/Englemann Spruce $460 $400 $635 $750 $400 $750
  Western Red Cedar $500 $420 $675 $850 $400 $850
  Red Spruce $600 $550 $735 $925 $750 $925
  Yellow Cedar/Russian/Carpathian Spruce $625 $575 $775 $980 $750 $980
  * Specify F-hole shape if standard not desired.            
  Virzi Tone Producer*            
  * Optional on F5, A & A+ $275 $275 Std. Std.    
  Backboard            
  Clear Sugar Maple $260 $220 $285 $340 $400 $500
  Curly Red Maple $375 $375 $400 $490 $450 $550
  Burl Black Walnut $400 $400 $425 $525    
  Birdseye Red Maple $400 $400 $425 $525 $500 $525
  Quilted Bigleaf Maple $550 $550 $575 $675 $600 $675
  Brazilian Rosewood         $800  
  Honduras Mahogany         $600 $875
  Edge Binding*            
  All Edges 1 Color $200 $150 $225 $295 $300 $300
  All Edges 3 Color Top View $400 $250 $325 $425 $425 $425
  Patterned Wood   -- $300   --   -- $400 $400
  Pearl/Abalone Perfling         $400 $400
  All Edges 3 Color Side View $425 $325 $350 $450 $450 $450
  All Edges 3 Color Top & Side $500 $450 $425 $550 $550 $550
  * Specify Celluloid or ABS            
  Neck*            
  Clear Sugar Maple $425 $400 $425 $495 $495 $495
  Maple to match Backboard $450 $425 $450 $525 $525 $525
  Gunstock Black Walnut $500 $475 $500 $590    
  Mahogany/Spanish Cedar         $550 $550
  *Specify nut width            
  Truss Rod            
  Graphite Spline* $30 $30 $30 $30 $60 $60
  Steel Rod/Nut $50 $50 $50 $50 $60 $60
  * No Nut Cover - On mandocello specify 19.5 or 25.00 fret scale
  Peghead Veneer (T/B)*
  Maple top only, no logo $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50
  Maple/Maple $150 $135 $150 $150 $150 $150
  Walnut/Maple $160 $145 $160 $160    
  Walnut/Walnut $175 $140 $175 $175    
  Padauk/Padauk $175 $140 $175 $175    
  Cocobolo/Maple $190 $145 $175 $175    
  Lacewood/Maple $190 $145 $175 $175    
  Rosewood/Maple $190 $145 $190 $190 $190 $190
  Rosewood/Rosewood $225 $165 $225 $225 $225 $225
  Ebony/Ebonite $225 $165 $225 $225 $225 $225
  Ebony/Maple $225 $165 $225 $225 $225 $225
  Ebony/Ebony $250 $175 $250 $250 $250 $250
  Two Tone $300 $225 $300 $300 $300 $300
  *Standard with Lefty Logo gold, silver or pearl decall and binding to match body. Pearl or Abalone logo add $125.
  Truss Rod Nut Cover
  None with Graphite Spline            
  Black or Black/White Border Plastic $15 $15 $15 $15 $15 $15
  Custom Wood or Bone $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50
  Pearl Custom (3 optional shapes)-Add Name + $35 $55 $55 $55 $55 $55 $55
  Peghead Decoration
  Pearl Disk (Name, Orca, Personal Logo) $95 $95 $95 $95 $95 $95
  Lefty's Vase & Branches in pearl $350   $350 $350 $350 $350
  Lefty's Pot+ Climbing Vine in pearl $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400
  Lefty's Pot+ Climbing Vine in 3 color stone $450 $450 $450 $450 $450 $450
  Lefty's Waving Grass in pearl $600   $600 $600 $600 $600
  Lefty's Waving Grass in jade or abalone $750   $750 $750 $750 $750
  Unique custom inlays are available by a subcontractor at ridiculous prices; expect a 4-week increase in delivery. The images below show decorations on F5 pegheads but slightly altered versions are available on A, A+, H5 & MC4 pegheads as well.
Peghead Pot & Vine Peghead Vase & Branch Peghead Waving Grass Peghead Standard Logo

Pot & Vine
No Nut Cover

Vase & Branches
Standard Nut Cover

Waving Grass
#1 Custom Nut Cover

Standard Logo
#2 Custom Nut Cover

Fretboard*            
Rosewood $175 $175 $185 $240 $240 $240
Padauk $175 $175 $185 $240 $240 $240
Cocobolo $175 $175 $185 $240 $240 $240
Lacewood $175 $175 $185 $240 $240 $240
Maple $175 $175 $185 $240 $240 $240
Ebony $200 $200 $210 $265 $265 $265
Two Tone $350 $350 $360 $415 $415 $415
*Select shape from list below. Specify flat or arched. Binding to match body.
Frets (20) – (24 on MC)            
Nickel Silver $175 $175 $175 $230 $230 $230
EVO Gold $200 $200 $200 $255 $255 $255
Stainless Steel $325 $325 $325 $380 $380 $380
Fret Position Markers*
Black or White Plastic Dots $10 $10 $10 $10 $20 $20
Pearl Dots (7) $40 $40 $40 $45 $55 $55
Abalone Dots $55 $55 $55 $50 $50 $50
Clear or Ruby Crystal $75 $75 $75 $85 $100 $100
Pearl or Abalone Banners $350 $350 $350 $325 $425 $425
Jade Banners (Not advised on Ebony) $450 $450 $450 $555 $550 $550
*Side dots compliment pickguard/contrast to fretboard binding.
String Nut*
TUSQ $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50
Bone $85 $85 $85 $85 $85 $85
Pearl $95 $95 $95      
Fossil Ivory $150 $150 $150 $175 $175 $175
*Specify if single C & G strings desired on MC4 or MC5            
Bridge            
Rosewood/Bone (mellow tone only) $90 $90 -- -- $100 $125
Ebony/Bone         $95  
Padauk/Bone (mellow tone only) $90 $90 -- -- $90 $125
Cocobolo/Bone (mellow tone only) $90 $90     $90 $125
Lefty's Ebony Light Weight* $120 $120 -- --    
Cumberland Acoustic $150 $150       $200
Red Henry Style Maple** $120 $120 $125 $150   $200
Lefty's Ebony High Response $250 $250 $255 $275   $275
Exotic Wood High Response $300 $300 $415 $425   $425
Add Ivory Top to  Saddle $150 $141 $141 $160   $175
Add Ivory Saddle $350 $350 $350  $375   $550
Unique Personal Design $450 $450 $450 --   $550
*Essential for bluegrass tuning & works fine for mellow.
** Excellent for all instruments but superior on H5 Mandola & MC4 Mandocello
Finish            
Minimum Stain Accent $2,500 $2,500 $2,600      
Sunburst/Dark Accent* $2,000 $2,000 $2,200 $2370 $2,370 2,370
Blond Soundboard (lacquer or varinsh only) $1850 $1725 $1825 $2075 $2075 $2075
Colored Lacquer** $2,000 $2,000 $2,075 $2,345 $2,345 $2,345
* Specify lacquer, French polish or combination. If oil varnish is desired expect an additional 4 weeks in construction time. Antique Soundboard +$50
** Add Gold Dust for $25
Tuning Machines
Golden Age* $125 $125 ----- ----    
Grover* $160 $160 $160 $160 $160 $160
Gotoh* $160 $160 $160 $160 $160 $160
Schaller* $160 $160 $160 $160 $160 $175
Gotoh A-Style Special* ---- $225   ---- ----    
Golden Age Relic Style $175 $165 $175 $175 $175 $175
Gotoh Loar* $480 ---- $480 $480    
Waverly* $600 ---- $600 $600 $500 $500
Sloane Classical         $500  
Alessi Made to Order $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 1,000    
*Specify Gold or Silver - Add $20 for gold.
Custom Tuner Knobs (8)
Ebony $75 $75 $75 $75 $60 $60
Bone $125 $125 $125 $125 $100 $100
Gold Pearl $150 $150 $150 $150 $125 $125
Black Buffalo Horn $150 $150 $150 $150 $125 $125
Green Abalone $150 $150 $150 $150 $125 $125
Tailpiece
Gibson by Prucha* $75 $75 $75 --    
Orrico Bronze $140 $140 $140 $140    
Lefty's Special** $140 $140 $140 $140    
Montalone* $165 $165 $165 $165    
Bill James*+ $175 $175 $175 $175    
Rosewood Sacconi       $275   $275
Ebony Sacconi       $300   $300
Custom Stainless Steel $600 $600 $600 $600   $700
*Brass or Nickel Plated Steel
**Bronze, Black or Red add $25 for Nickel add $50 for Gold
Add Pearl Leaping Orca or Name Disk for $50
+Bill James comes standard with Lefty Logo, replace with your name for $25
End Pin*
Screw Type $20 $20 $20 $20 $40 $40
Pearloid Peg $25 $25 $25 $25 $50 $50
Rosewood Peg $30 $30 $30 $30 $60 $60
Ebony Peg $35 $35 $35 $35 $70 $70
Custom Exotic Wood $55 $55 $55 $55 $100 $100
* Two end pins on guitars            
Pickguard*
Pearloid (unbound polished edge) $150 $150 $150 $200   $200
Tortoise Celluloid $275 $275 $275 $325   $325
Padauk $175 $175 $175 $225   $225
Lacewood $185 $185 $185 $250   $250
Rosewood $185 $185 $185 $250   $250
Ebony $200 $200 $200 $275   $250
* Only with fretboard styles 1-2-5-7
Strings J62/J74/FW74 J74/EXP77 J75/J76 J78 EJ16 E&O Mari
D'Addario Set $25 $30 $25 $25 $25 $35
With Custom Chrome-Moly A&E $45 $50 $35* --    
* A only on H5

Miscellaneous

Shoulder Strap   Chrome-Moly Strings (each)
Leavy $65   A size $10
Lakota Leather $100   E size $10
Lauren Dudenbostel $185   Set of Four (2 A & 2 E) $30
Case   Display Stand
Commercial $220   Clear Maple $300
Loar Case with Cover RH $375   Figured Maple $350
Flight Rated Case $650/$1,500   Lefty's Tailpiece
Concord L/R $450   Includes screws but no disk
Access S3 L/R $350   Colored Lacquer                $125
*Same price as shipping box   Bronze $125
K&K Passive Pickup $350   Nickel $135
      Gold $150
  • Notes

    1. If selecting an F5, designate whether you wish a Gibson Loar replica or my updated Classic. The primary difference between the two is that the Gibson replica is entirely hand made using patterns taken from a 1920's instrument whereas the Classic is a combination of CNC and hand made components with slightly different contours and scroll shape. The Classic is dimensionally more precise but both are excellent instruments for which I show no preference. The cost is the same since most of my labor is expended in binding and finish.
    2. A brief word about the H5 mandola, mandocello (MC4 octave mandilin  & MC5) and archtop guitar: All instruments require additional labor in nearly every category due to their size. Otherwise the mandola is no more difficult to build and tune than a mandolin. The mandocello and archtop guitar, on the other hand, presents far greater construction and tuning challenges that may take extra time. When ordering a mandocello, specify whether the F5-style or Gold Standard style is desired. There is no difference in cost. Due to the large size of the C mandocello strings, some desire a single string rather than a pair; if so, please specify so that your nut can be properly notched for correct spacing. The archtop guitar can be built in a 12-string configuration with various combinations of string diameters and tuning options.
    3. If you are considering a lightweight rim be aware that while a Spruce or Spanish Cedar headblock is quite strong in resisting the loads imposed by string tension, it lacks the hardness of Maple or Mahogany and thus is more subject to damage if the instrument is dropped or the neck struck hard. Thus I only install lightweight headblocks with hot hide glue construction throughout so that repairs can be made with less impact.
    4. If you are considering a Quilted Maple back and rim, be aware that Ontario Red Maple is not reliably available but Bigleaf Maple usually is. It is more difficult to contour but produces a fine back and rim.
    5. There are any number of F-hole shapes available. I use the standard Gibson design unless another is specified. Several alternate F-hole shapes are illustrated in the Instruments Page.
    6. If you are specifying the Two Tone peghead/fretboard combo, specify the order of the woods and type of separating binding.
    7. The finishes listed above are for pricing only. I can, and will, produce any finish color set you specify in that approximate price range. When choosing your finish, keep in mind the type of Soundboard and Backboard you select. Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Englemann, Carpathian and Red Spruce are preferable for a natural finish. Sitka and Russian Spruce and Red Cedar usually do not have the same degree of color uniformity.  The specialty Maples should all be finished with one of the enhanced stain sets or treated with potassium dichromate to create figure contrast and left natural. Walnut should always be left natural. The solid-color opaque stains require an inordinate amount of precision in finish sanding and binding scraping thus the extra cost but that may be offset by using Sitka Spruce and clear Maple, less expensive woods.
    8. A French polish finish is more delicate than lacquer but many believe it is better acoustically. Take note that the spirit varnish I use has a slight orange hue that is not best for a blond finish. Should you wish a French polish finish, consider it only on the top with lacquer or oil varnish rim, back, neck, and peghead when doing a sunburst soundboard since the backboard and neck receive far more contact wear and lacquer or oil varnish is more durable. All finishes remain a bit fragile for up to one year so it is essential that the instrument be carefully handled.
    9. Birdseye and Burl Maple backboards are crack prone and though I exercise extreme care during fabrication, cracks do occasionally occur if the instrument is dropped or bumped hard. I cannot accept responsibility for a Birdseye or Burl Maple backboard crack once the instrument is delivered though I will repair it at no cost.
    10. Many players prefer wider or narrower or exaggerated V or C shaped necks and more narrow or wide string spacing at the nut. Unless requested otherwise, I provide the standard 1.05 inch string spacing at nut and classic Gibson neck contour for  mandolins, 1.25 inch for mandolas and virtually any width above that for mandocellos and guitars.
    11. Maple, Lacewood and Padauk fretboards must be protected with varnish or epoxy against sun damage and will eventually show scratches. These fretboards make beautiful accent but be aware of this issue. Cocobolo, Rosewood and Ebony are nearly indestructible. Occasional cleaning with mild soap and water helps prevent dirt and finger grease from accumulating and a light buffing with 0000 steel wool will restore the shiny surface.
    12. The use of stainless steel frets requires significant additional labor in board precision, fret installation and end smoothing thus the additional cost. On the positive side, they never wear out so are ideal for professional musicians. If you choose stainless steel frets, I strongly recommend an Ebony or Rosewood fretboard.
    13. I heartily recommend Alessi, Waverly or Gotoh Loar tuning machines though they are more expensive than Grover, Gotoh, Schaller and Golden Age Relic. The Golden Age Basic tuners are functional but not in the same league as the other types. When you go the expense to purchase a custom F5 mandolin or H5 mandola, the additional cost of premium tuning machines is minor and greatly adds to the resale value of your instrument. This is in no way intended to badmouth Gotoh, Grover or Schaller; they are a great value for the money, differing from the premium tuners only in having a bit of gear backlash. The Golden Age Basic A-style tuners are a low cost alternative for those on a tight budget. Finishes on all tuners except the Golden Age are either silver or gold. Waverly come in both a satin and shiny silver finish as well as gold. Alessi tuners are works of art built by a master craftsman to your exact specifications and if ordered when the contract is signed should be complete by the time for installation. On Classical and Flamenco guitars, the Waverly or Sloane tuners are nearly an absolute requirement though Grover makes a perfectly acceptable low cost alternative.
    14. The Alessi tuning machines are available with knobs in virtually any shape and from any reasonable material. The Waverly tuning machines are available with pearl or ebony knobs. Gotoh Loar machines come standard with pearl and Grover tuners come standard with white Pearloid but custom knobs are available for them all. Unfortunately, Schaller tuners knobs are glued on so they can't be changed. Specialty knobs are purely decorative but add additional elegance when matched with peghead inlays.
    15. The Ebony High Response bridge is shaped to better capture both the high and low frequency tones on instruments fitted with a Virzi and is custom cut to match the acoustics of each individual instrument. The Red Henry-style bridge, shown below, is made from clear Maple similar in form to violin bridges. They enhance second harmonic response and generally add acoustic volume. Saddles can have bone, composite ivory or fossil ivory tops if desired. I also build complete saddles from fossil ivory on special order. I recommend using the composite ivory only as a top cover on saddles.

  1. The Gibson tailpiece is not recommended for left-hand instruments, though the ones made by Prucha will work, due to the manner the A & E strings are attached and is not recommended on a mandocello from a strength standpoint. Lefty's custom tailpiece is a bronze casting similar in shape and weight to a Montalone, finished either natural bronze, red, black, nickel or gold and comes standard with a disk to match the pickguard or peghead; or it can have my trademark Leaping Orca, your name or unique artwork inlaid into a pearl disk for an additional charge. The Bill James tailpiece comes in gold or silver and the cover bears the Lefty Luthier logo or it can be engraved with your name should you wish at a slight extra cost.
  2. Should you wish a Virzi Tone Producer on your F5 or A+ mandolin, keep in mind that the soundboard resonant frequency will be lowered a whole tone. The Virzi tends to enhance G-string second harmonic response amplitude as well as improving sustain at the higher frequencies. With my high response bridge and the correct strings, you would see little difference in output amplitude.
  3. When specifying Rosewood peghead veneer, be aware that it is nearly impossible to exactly color match margin filler around elaborate inlays, not done with CNC precision, to the parent wood due the striations and color changes. My three standard inlays, plus the Lefty Luthier logo are so precisely cut with CNC machining that there is no margin. The Maple peghead shown below has just been removed from the CNC machine and the onyx inlays pressed in place with no margin filler. Notice the precision of the cuts, in particular the center of the e's in the Lefty Luthier logo.

 

For elaborate custom inlays Ebony is best since it is easy to get black filler. Maple, Cocobolo, Lacewood and Padauk are in the middle since filler can be tinted with stain to match nearly any hue of wood.

Shipping Information

If your instrument is to be shipped domestically, I suggest UPS second day insured against damage though this is your choice and charge. The commercial plastic case comes from the supplier inside a reinforced cardboard box ideal for shipping. The finish on a new instrument will continue to cure for up to a year so careful handling is necessary. If shipping in very cold weather, it is essential that the instrument remain in the shipping package for at least 24 hours at room temperature before opening to avoid thermal shock to the finish. If possible pick up your instrument at my shop, I would love to meet you.  For intertnational shipping, a well constucted case is essential to protect from the large number of handling risks.

About cases: The commercial molded plastic case is perfectly adequate for the F5 and A+ mandolins but does not come in a size for the larger instruments. The Loar and Cumberland mandolin cases are specifically designed for the F5.  For the H5, MC4 and Boomer, custom cases are required or a guitar or banjo case can be modified with a custom fitted foam liner. Flight rated cases are manufactured by Calton, Pegasus and Colorado. Delivery times for these cases vary widely since each is custom manufactured. I build the occasional wood case and finish them to match the instrument so ask if interested. Packing for shipping without a case runs about $40 for all size instruments but I strongly suggest either purchasing a case or provide me with your old case for shipping. The case shown below is the $150 one that is made from rigid foam with a cordura nylon cover, excellent for shipping.

 

Optional Fretboard Shapes

Optional Fretboard Shapes

HOW THE PRODUCTION PROCESS WORKS

Above all, I want to ensure that you get no surprises. With receipt of your deposit, I will select your soundboard and backboard woods, take a photo and send them with a detailed analysis preferably by e-mail for your approval. With that approval in hand, I will fabricate your rim and neck and contour top and bottom boards and send you photos of the components. This is the most critical visual review and up to this point, I will build another part should there be any complaint that cannot be satisfactorily resolved. With your approval, I will tune the soundboard and then assemble the body, mount the neck without the custom peghead inlay but with your nut, and install shop tuners, tailpiece and bridge and complete the voicing process. At this point, we are typically 6 to 8 weeks into the production cycle. (If you are specifying Alessi tuning machines, they must be paid for and ordered by this time.) I will then finish the instrument to your specifications. This requires a minimum of 6 up to 12 weeks depending on type of finish, weather and workload. Once finish is complete, I will send photos and tuning data and request final payment. With your final payment in hand, I will install your custom peghead inlay when it arrives, purchase your tuners and tailpiece and build your bridge; install them, complete set-up, dedamping, and tuning, which is usually a two week process. I will then notify you of ship availability and we will decide on the delivery details.

ABOUT PEGHEAD INLAYS

Should you select one of my standard peghead inlay designs shown above, it is constructed and installed in parallel with the neck and has no effect on my production schedule. I finish it at the same time as the instrument body.

Should you decide on a custom inlay, I will coordinate its’ fabrication with a subcontract artisan who has their own schedule and work habits. I supply that individual with an unfinished, peghead veneer that has been exactly shaped and bound to fit the peghead. I will receive back a ready to install component, which I then align with the tuner holes and glue in place. Please keep in mind that once we have placed an order with an inlay subcontractor, I have little control over their schedule and cannot complete your instrument until I receive your peghead inlay.

Guitar Pricing

Each guitar that I build is unique and constructed to the exact specifications of the customer and thus does not lend to blanket pricing. The prices listed above are for general information only since the cost of master grade guitar woods and custom rosettes vary wildely.  My minimum charge for a basic 000 built from the finist materials with single binding, a simple rosette and no inlays is $1,200. Most custom 000 guitars run from $2,500 to $10,000 and I have never built an archtop guitar or mandocello that cost less than $3,000.

Boomer Pricing

(Specifications and prices subject to change at any moment)

Base Price     Blade - $4500     Eagle - $4700

Soundboard

Alaskan Yellow Cedar

Backboard & Rim

Curly Maple
Birdseye Maple add $100

Finish

Blade-Black, Green or White       Lacquer
Eagle-Arizona Sunset Lacquer
Other as priced for mandolas less $200

Tailpiece

Blade-External Maple
Eagle-External Ebony

Fretboard*

Blade-Maple (Add $100 for Ebony)
Eagle-Ebony

* Specify 18.60 or 26.16 scale

Frets

Nickel Silver (medium guitar)

Stainless Steel add $100

EVO Gold add $50

Fret Position Markers

Pearl Dots no additional cost
Other markers as priced for mandolins.

Nut

Bone

5th String Post

Bone

Bridge

Red Henry non-adjustable
Ebony adjustable add $25

End Pin

Blade-Pearloid
Eagle-Ebony
Fishman Jack – add $50

Peghead veneer

Blade-Maple/Maple
Eagle-Ebony-Padauk-Maple/Maple

Lighted Eagle Eye – Add $100

Binding

Blade-Black or Ivory Celluloid
Eagle- White Celluloid

Point protectors

Blade-Ebony or White Plastic
Eagle-Ivory Plastic

K&K Pickup - add $200

Eagle Tuners

Grover Nickel A-type

Waverly Nickel add $100

Steinberger Black add $50

Blade Tuners

Grover Nickel A-type

Steinberger Gearless Nickel add $50

5th String Tuner

Golden Age Nickel
Waverly Nickel add $30

String Sets and tuning (pick one)

Mandolin/Mandola            D'Addario J76 plus 0.011 5th
D'Addario J55 Banjo
D'Addario EPS510 Electronic Banjo
D'Addario EPS510 Electronic Mandola/MCs
Marshall MG30 Amp add $350 (drop ship)

   

NOTES

  1. All standard fretboard end shapes are available; specify which one you wish. An Ebony fretboard is OK on Blade with white stain but not with black stain.
  2. In the banjo application, string loads are so low that little or no bridge wear will occur for many years so a fixed bridge, due to its’ lighter weight, is preferable and perfectly satisfactory. I can set it up to your exact specifications. I recommend the adjustable bridge if mandola tuning (or both banjo & mandola) is desired due to the greater string loads and eventual notch wear.
  3. When selecting the electronic options, specify which primary tuning (banjo or mandola) is desired. You can change this tuning at will but intonation may not be perfect with the alternate though it will likely be equal or better than any commercial instrument.
  4. For those not familiar with electronic pickup technology, be aware that ferromagnetic strings gradually become magnetized and lose their ability to generate a response. That factor, rather than wear, will require string changes periodically when output response declines. Never, ever remove all strings at once to insure that the bridge stays in the correct location.

 TO PLACE AN ORDER 

Give me a call (830-609-7133 cell or 830-885-4646 office) or e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) as a first step so that we can get acquainted and you can determine an approximate production position. With that accomplished, download and print the price list. Circle or highlight your desired configuration and add any special requests. Scan and e-mail for a quick quote or send by US mail with a day telephone number. Send no money until I have reviewed your order and we have discussed every detail. Once we are in complete agreement concerning your instrument and its’ price, I will send you a formal contract that clearly identifies each component. After you sign the contract and return it with a nonrefundable $800 deposit, your place in the production schedule will be confirmed. Should you wish a custom inlay, I will present your design to several highly skilled specialists and establish a price, which must be paid in full before work commences. If you are sending a personal check, please make it payable to Byron Spain. PayPal is available for those who wish to use that method. Just use the Pay Now section on the Home Page to make a payment.

 

 

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