Al Beardsell Acoustic Guitars & Mandolins

I first came across Al's work when I was reading The Fretboard Journal. There was a mandolin I just had to have. I checked out his website and it was available, so guess what?

I also noticed his amazing design aesthetic applied to guitars as well. So he went on my list of luthiers to work with in future. When I met him and saw a couple of his guitars I was hooked. I have always been fascinated by innovative design that combines traditional techniques with original thinking. Al is a master of this way of working.
  1. Beardsell 2G - Bearclaw Lutz Spruce & Makore

    Beardsell 2G - Bearclaw Lutz Spruce & Makore

    £3,995.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £115.13 per month with 10% deposit
    Awesome! When innovation combines with the complete mastery of traditional skills this is what you get. Al is a true master and the tone of this beauty is to die for! OK that's enough exclamation marks...

    It has a very full and open/rich tone with fantastic depth and complexity. The definition and separation are truly remarkable. This is a very intimate and expressive guitar that also responds beautifully to a pick and a bit of digging in.

    Top - Lutz Spruce (Bearclaw)
    Back & sides - Makore
    Neck - Mahogany
    Fretboard - Rosewood
    Case - Ameritage hard case made in Costa Rica

    Frets to the body - 14
    Scale length - 24.7"
    Neck profile - C
    Nut width - 45.8mm
    Nut spacing - 7.1mm
    Bridge spacing - 11.4mm
    Action fret 1 low E - 0.4mm
    Action fret 12 low E - 2.25mm
    Action fret 1 high E - 0.25mm
    Action fret 12 high E - 2.5mm
    Lower bout width - 15"
    Upper bout width - 11.02"
    Body depth at base - 4.33"

    Venetian cutaway - Lacquer finish - Dual soundports - offset tear-drop profile neck - Gold MoP logo - b/w/b/w/b/w black-dyed pear, holly, maple, fibrepurfling - Rosewood bindings - Rosewood, holly , ebony headstock veneer - Rosewood, maple rear headstock veneer - Holly, ebony, maple, black dyed pear backstrip - Holly, ebony, gold MOP side dots - Holly, ebony, black-dyed pear rosette - Rosewood bridge - Gotoh 510 chrome tuners - Chrome tuner buttons - Bone nut and saddle - Rosewood bridge pins - Clear pickguard

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  2. Beardsell 6A BF mandolin - sold

    Beardsell 6A BF mandolin - sold

    Out of stock
    I had been aware of Al Beardsell's amazing guitars for a while when I read the feature on him in the Fretboard Journal. I took a look at his website and was amazed to find this remarkable mandolin for sale.

    It is one of the most stunning mandolins I have ever seen. The sound has incredible clarity and finesse, power when called for and depth and subtlety when asked.

    It is in excellent condition with some very small marks. No previous owner, it was used by Al as a demonstration of his work, and was on loan to Mike Marshall for a few months and shown at his symposium summer 2010.




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  3. Beardsell 3-DM - Lutz Spruce & Leopard Wood

    Beardsell 3-DM - Lutz Spruce & Leopard Wood

    Out of stock
    I can still remember the first time I saw an instrument by Al. This is my first Beardsell guitar and I am well and truly gobsmacked. It looks like a work of art and plays like a dream.

    The tone is big, fat and generous. There's great volume and willing response to a light touch with dark and luscious bass notes, full mids and ringing sweet 'n clear trebles. To coin that tired old cliché (again) it sounds as good as it looks.

    • Lutz spruce top
    • Leopard wood back and sides
    • Florentine cutaway
    • 14 frets to the body
    • 24.9” scale
    • 1.75” nut width
    • Soundport
    • 2.25” string spacing at saddle
    • 16” lower bout
    • Mahogany neck
    • Gold pearl logo
    • Holly , ebony, pear, maple purfling
    • Macassar ebony bindings--
    • Macassar ebony headstock veneer
    • Macassar ebony rear headstock veneer
    • Black Gabon, holly backstrip
    • No position markers side holly ebony segmented strip w/ pearl dots
    • Holly, ebony "x-ray" and zig-zag pie trim rosette
    • Macassar ebony fretboard
    • Macassar ebony bridge
    • Chrome Gotoh 510 tuners
    • Black tuner buttons
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Ebony bridge pins
    • Clear pickguard
    • Ameritage case

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