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THE RANDOLIN MANDOLIN: 8-string Mandolins

M2-SERIES

The M-2 model mandolin is based on an old European mandolin we restored. We originally used it for our down tuned octave strung mandolins, but with the introduction of the M-4, have found that the longer neck, 14 frets to the body and 14"- 14 1/2" scale length works better on this body style. The sound holes in the horns gives this instrument a variety of sounds, making it a versatile mandolin in Irish, traditional, Bluegrass or Jazz and Latin music. We are also making this model available, on custom orders only, as a five course mandolin/mandola/cittern with a 15 1/8" scale. Presently we have this model available in; Philippine Mahogany with a spruce top and mahogany neck; bridseye curly maple with a spurce top and maple 5 piece neck(all hardwoods in this instrument a minimum of 30 yrs. aged), cherry with a spruce top and cherry neck(all hardwoods in this instrument a minimum of 30 yrs. aged), Costa Rican Cristobal with a Spanish cedar top(cousin of Honduran mahogany) with a Spanish cedar neck; black walnut with carved American cedar top and black walnut neck(walnut in this instrument cut in W.Va in the 1950's).

Please note that we DO NOT use any wood that is less that 5 yrs. aged, but that most of our American hardwood is over 30 yrs aged, and that all our wood from the Philippines and Costa Rica has been personally hand selected and are from sustainable forestry, and carefully aged and handled by us. Our spruce comes from several sources including Martin guitars, but we try to buy directly from wood processors or other luthiers with guarrantteed old stock whenever possible.

Listen to Mp3 sound:

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Overall length: 24"
  • Overall length: 24" (61 cm), for 14"
  • scaling: 14 frets to the body is 26.8" (68.1 mm)
  • 12 frets to the body is 26.11" (66.3mm)
  • Body width—upper: 7 9/16 " (19.4 cm)
  • Body width—lower: 10 1/8 " (25.7 cm)
  • Body length: Nut width 1 5/32"(30 mm)
  • Scale length: 14" (35.56 cm)
  • Adjustable bridge Schaller or Grover Tuners
Standard Model : $1200 w/o case

We use Eastman Fiber Glass Cases that fit all models of our Mandolin except for the M4 Series. For basic model w/o case; please enquire about case and price options for all custom orders.**All orders require 50% downpayment. Custom orders before finish work is started require full payment which is non refundable upon delivery.

THE RANDOLIN MANDOLIN: Professional Quality 8-string Mandolins

M2-SERIES


The M-2 model mandolin natural finish, based on an old European mandolin we restored just like the above. We originally used it for our down tuned octave strung mandolins, but with the introduction of the M-4. Description similar with the above.

Listen to Mp3 sound:

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Overall length: 24"
  • Overall length: 24" (61 cm), for 14"
  • scaling: 14 frets to the body is 26.8" (68.1 mm)
  • 12 frets to the body is 26.11" (66.3mm)
  • Body width—upper: 7 9/16 " (19.4 cm)
  • Body width—lower: 10 1/8 " (25.7 cm)
  • Body length: Nut width 1 5/32"(30 mm)
  • Scale length: 14" (35.56 cm)
  • Adjustable bridge Schaller or Grover Tuners
Standard Model : $1200 w/o case

We use Eastman Fiber Glass Cases that fit all models of our Mandolin except for the M4 Series. For basic model w/o case, please enquire about case and price options for all custom orders.**All orders require 50% downpayment. Custom orders before finish work is started require full payment which is non refundable upon delivery.





THE RANDOLIN MANDOLIN: Professional Quality 8-string Mandolins

M4-ENS SERIES


This model / M4-ENS is tuned down a whole step as the double string is G/(F*), D/(C*), A/(G*), are tuned in octaves; The E/(D*) is not as nothing smaller than a 0.008 string and is easily found or used. You can use a regular set of mandolin strings, only needing an extra .008 to double the A/(G)* strings, the string gauges (* the actual note tuned to) being .026/.039, .015/.026, .008/.015, .011/.011. This instrument has a curved back like a violin and a bent or sprung top. This is achieved by bending the top over an 180 degrees curved brace at the bottom gradually reducing the arching towards the top. There is a curved advanced x-bracing between the 180 degree curved lower brace and the sound hole. the sound hole is 1 3/4" or 45 mm. This model is available with 10 or 12 frets to the body. The sound produced by this tuning and lay-out is something between a tiple, quatro, or tres sound. The lowered tuning makes the playability quite fluid and remarkably easier to play, including bending notes and vibrato, which are normally difficult on the mandolin. With the body size, a large, full, sweet sound is produced, and has a very full powerful sound when playing chords.

At present, this is the only scale length offered for this body style, but we will offer a 14" scale in standard tuning in the coming year. If you would like this model in standard tuning, we can cut a nut for this on request, or if you would like one up to one year after initial purchase we will be happy to provide one. But we think the sound and playability will intrigue you and we encourage you to try it. Mandolin capos can beused easily on the 2nd. fret to make it standard tuning, but will of course make things tighter as far as playability.

Listen to Mp3 sound:

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Overall length: 24" (61 cm)
  • Body width—upper: 5" (13 cm)
  • Body width—lower: 8" (20 cm)
  • Body length: 13.5" (34.5 cm)
  • Nut width 1 1/8"(31 mm)
  • Scale length: 13" (33 cm)
  • Adjustable bridge Schaller or Grover Tuners
Standard Model : $2400 w/ basic case

Please enquire about case options and prices. **All orders require 50% downpayment. Custom orders before finish work is started require full payment which is non-refundable upon delivery.


THE RANDOLIN MANDOLIN: ELECTRIC 8 String Mandolin Model

M1-SERIES


Options: The following options are available on special orders only:

Note: All electric mandolins are custom made to order. **All orders require 50% downpayment. Custom orders before finish work is started require full payment which is non-refundable upon delivery.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Overall length: 26 1/4"
  • Neck width at nut: 1 1/8"
  • Schaller tuners; double blade humbucker pick-up
    and piezo in bridge.
  • Bridge; volume and tonepots DPDT 3
    position switch.
  • Finish; natural or custom color
  • Scale length: 13 7/8", 27 frets, 14 to the body
  • Body width: 10" at widest point
  • Body length: 12"
  • Brass tail piece; natural cherry or maple body with maple neck and ebony fingerboard.
Standard Model : $800 w/ basic case