The great mandolin woods experiment is on again.

I have often wondered why nearly all bluegrass style mandolins have maple back and sides. The answer seems to be tradition plus the fact that both players and makers are reluctant to invest the time and money in something that they are not sure of the outcome. I asked Bill to make the same A4 mandolin with the same spruce top with back and sides of maple, rosewood, mahogany and walnut. I did this a couple of years ago but the maple and walnut came in first and sold (very quickly) before the rosewood and mahogany arrived (both now sold). This time I asked Bill to deliver them all together, they have now arrived and been reviewed by Simon Mayor and Dan Beimborn of The Mandolin Archive. Simon's full review is in Acoustic Magazine Issue 21 June/July 2008.

The Four Tops, all from the same section of the sameNavajo mountain 10,000ft elevation Engelmann spruce harvested in 1998 by the Hurd brothers.

Simon Mayor test drives the Old Waves

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