The first of a series of portraits of mandolins. I’ve been playing my 19th century bowl back (circa:1886) since getting a bit of string fever again from attending the folk festival.

Tried to photograph a mandolin today and ended up with a moon rise and sunset at dusk.

Portrait of Weezie and my favorite mandolin (and it’s affordable) :

Kentucky Artist Collection “Oval Hole” A-Model Mandolins
This Kentucky mandolin is sweeter than black-strap molasses.
In the early 20th Century, mandolins like these revolutionized the way music was created in America. As an orchestral Instrument the mandolin enjoyed an unprecedented popularity and the instrument of choice was the flat-backed, oval hole mandolin, most often constructed in the A style configuration. Most of those mandolin orchestras are no longer with us but the popularity of the instrument has not waned.
Oval-holed mandolins are a bit less percussive than their f-holed counterparts and produce a warmer quality of tone. It is this richness of tone that has drawn so many artists to the KM-170 Series Kentucky Mandolin. In keeping with tradition and design the neck joins the body at the 10th fret. The slim, fast neck is constructed of a single piece of maple and is re-enforced with an adjustable truss rod. The neck is attached to the body with a complex dovetail join for maximum security and sound transmission. The bridge is adjustable for easy adjustment of string action. Tuning is quick and precise with the M-120, 14:1 ratio Gotoh tuners. The snakehead peghead shape is overlaid with Indian rosewood then inlaid with pearl and abalone in the unique arrowhead design.
The KM-174 delivers visual appeal and sonic power.
Fatt Dad and BigK with Carl’s(FD) grandfathers Gibson A-3, circa : 1902 to 1922. Hope to get a better photo of this someday and I believe Carl is also building a mandolin?



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