Satin Mandocello $12,000
Gloss Mandocello $12,500
On this page you will find some photos of our Mandocellos. You can click on each individual image to give you a larger picture. Many people have used a 25" scale length but we used a more traditional 24 3/4". The 24 3/4" had plenty of string tension on it but we'd be happy to accomodate your desired scale length if you'd like something different. The 24 3/4" also allowed us to bring the neck a little further out of the body which gave additional access up the fretboard. This also centered the f-holes better in relationship to the body. The rim depth we went with is 2 7/8" which is a traditional Gibson Johnny Smith archtop guitar rim depth. I believe this rim depth to be a sweet spot that gives added projection without a loss of tone. The traditional K4 mandocello rim depth is 3 1/4". The bonus with our depth is added comfort without sacrificing tone or volume. We tweaked the K4 body shape on the bass and treble side a bit to give a sleeker look and elongated the scroll area to make the body look more like an F-5. Please email us off of our contact page for more information. Pricing details are in the column on the right side of this page. Our mandocellos fit great in a traditional hardshell dreadnaught case
A little background on our first Mandocello:
We've been wanting to build one of these monsters for years. Finally this past summer(2010) our good friends Steve and Karen Abernathy from Tulsa, OK called us up and wanted to order one for their son Sterling for a surprise Christmas present. Sterling is the mandolin player in the group Rockin' Acoustic Circus. Throughout the building process we sent them pictures showing them the progress we were making on the mandocello. Once it was finally completed we called Steve to figure out how to get this monster down to their house.
We decided it would be best not to ship it so we arranged to meet him in Perry, OK. My wife and I were heading down to Guthrie, OK from Lawrence, KS so Steve drove over to Perry from Tulsa. It can get pretty cold in Northern Oklahoma in December so we figured it was best not to show him the mandocello on the side of the road. Fortunately, there was an O'Reilly Auto Parts store nearby which seemed like a great place to unveil the MC. Once inside we opened the case and Steve was speechless. I think the O'Reilly employees were fairly impressed as well since they hung around and watched us thump around on this bad boy for 30 minutes or so. Needless to say he couldn't wait for Sterling to get his hands on it.
Sterling finally received the mandocello on Christmas Day and from what I've heard he's been wearing it out ever since. Look for him to debut it to the public at Wintergrass this February in Bellevue, WA. We'll have some audio/video clips up soon.