Phoenix

Hand made bluegrass mandolins from £2500

Rolfe Gerhardt is a legend in mandolin making, from the early days of Unicorn mandolins to the Phoenix's of today he has spent thirty years dedicated to making the finest mandolins.

Using a fixed graphite truss rod, these are some of the lightest mandolins around, and light weight leads to increased resonance and tone when it's done properly. Rolfe gets that elusive depth and breadth of tone from f hole mandolins that few can achieve.

In 2015 Jenny Warner took over Phoenix mandolins and Rolf retired. Jenny had worked with Rolfe since 2007 after many years training (including a six month course with Brian Galloup) and working in restoration and repair (about the best way to learn there is).

 

 

 

  1. Phoenix Select

    Phoenix Select

    £3,350.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £96.54 per month with 10% deposit
    Another superlative Phoenix mandolin. Phoenix mandolins are always very light and responsive, you can feel them resonating as you get them out of the case!

    This beauty has a very full tone with fantastic volume and complexity. It has plenty of oomph for the bluegrass players with a deep and full, loud chop and responds excellently to the heaviest pick or the lightest touch. It barks or sings sweetly, doing whatever you ask of it. A very versatile and wonderful mandolin.

    Red (Adirondack) spruce top, red maple back and sides and a Hiscox case.


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  2. Phoenix Bluegrass Used

    Phoenix Bluegrass Used

    £2,995.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £86.31 per month with 10% deposit
    Rolf says about his Bluegrass model;

    Designed for the special bluegrass sound with medium-heavy to heavy strings. Professionals describe this model as having a "cutting chop and superb bass," "great playability," "doesn't seem stiff or hard to play," "perfect balance between strings," and they remark on the added volume and clarity on the E-string, especially in the studio for recordings. Some players use the increased playability to make chop chords on the 12th-14th frets.

    If you a looking for a powerful bluegrass mandolin look no further but don't discount it for other styles, this is a very versatile mandolin, light and responsive to all playing styles.

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  3. Phoenix Standard SOLD

    Phoenix Standard SOLD

    Out of stock
    The standard from Rolfe has a mere strap button to hang it over your shoulder but it makes up for the strap hanger complex with amazing responsiveness. As is the Phoenix trademark it seems to get to the note before you do. Not quite as light as the neoclassical but still lighter than most giving it amazing resonance and projection. People often ask my about playability, I usually respond that it is different for different people, for me this is it, light and open. It has a very punchy sound with well defined bass, strong mids and very precise and clean trebles. I almost forgot to mention how great it looks, Rolfe told me this one has extra specially flamey maple, the photo doesn't do it justice but take a look anyways. With hardshell case.

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