Heiden

Hand made, sole luthier mandolins from £6000.

I had played a couple of Heidens over the years and thought them the best I had heard. Michael is rated alongside Gilchrist, Dudenbostel, Nugget and Monteleone. He is one the legendary mandolin luthiers of our time. There has been great excitement recently about John Reischman’s new Heiden mandolin.

I still can’t remember where I got the notion but I followed a hunch, took a chance and gave Michael a call. To my delight, amazement and astonishment he agreed to send three mandolins across the pond.



  1. Heiden A artist USED

    Heiden A artist USED

    Out of stock
    Adirondack (red) spruce top, stunningly flamed sugar maple back and sides, sugar maple neck, finished with French polish topcoat on top of varnish, all applied by hand. Abalone logo, abalone and mother of pearl headstock inlay, triple bound ivoroid top back, fretboard and headstock binding, radiussed Ebony fretboard with twenty two medium frets, shaped and scalloped at the end. It has a twenty eight millimetre neck width, bone nut, silver James engraved tailpiece, silver Waverly tuners with Pearl buttons, triple bound Ebony finger rest/pick guard and an Ebony bridge. With Calton case.

    The sound is awesome, full and rich with with fantastic projection and volume. A great bluegrass mandolin with barrel loads of chop that responds beautifully and sweetly to a lighter touch and all styles of playing.



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  2. Heiden F standard SOLD

    Heiden F standard SOLD

    Out of stock
    Another stunning F5 from Michael, it has a red spruce top, beautiful one piece sugar maple back and sugar maple sides. Finished with a buffed varnish topcoat, abalone headstock inlay, ivoroid top and back binding and a radiussed Ebony fretboard that is twenty eight millimetres at the bone nut and has twenty one medium frets. Nickel James engraved tailpiece, Ebony finger rest/pick guard and an Ebony bridge. With hard case.

    This is a true cannon. It has incredible volume, projection and clarity AND richness, depth and resonance. It takes a great luthier to get these qualities in the same instrument. It will chop and bark for the bluegrass player, howl for the blues man, sing sweet for the balladeer and respond willingly to any other style.

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