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  • Collings OM1.

    Classic mahogany OM from the Austin, Texas team. This is an incredibly versatile guitar with perfect balance from the lowest bass notes to the highest trebles. Deep and well defined bass notes, rich and complex mids and clear and precise trebles. Ideal for fingerstyle but capable of much, much more.

     

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  • Collings Waterloo WL12X.

    The WL-12 is a new variation on the flagship WL-14 that brings together the elements of maple back and sides, vintage x-bracing, and 12-fret construction to create an entirely new Waterloo experience. By joining the neck to the body at the 12th fret, the bridge is positioned closer to the center of the lower bout, producing a rich and open tone with stronger low end response than you would typically expect from a parlor-sized guitar. Maple back/sides make for the perfect tonal compliment to the body design, adding focus, projection, and a pronounced front-end attack that is sure to inspire players of nearly any acoustic genre.

     

    As a standard, all WL-12 models feature a moderate oval-shaped neck profile with a fully adjustable truss rod, drop-in saddle, and a vintage "iced tea" sunburst finish. Hardshell TKL case included.

     

    All Waterloo models are handmade in Austin, Texas.

     

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  • Collings OO1 flamed maple.

    Gorgeous flamed maple, back sides and neck make this OO1 from Bill Collings look as stunning as it sounds. It has all the versatility, depth of tone and clarity of the mahogany OM with a little added sparkle. The OO is my favourite body size and this little beauty sits in the lap very comfortably for sofa noodling without losing hardly a tad in the volume and projection departments.

     

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  • Girouard Mandola.

    Red spruce (Adirondack)  top, big leaf maple back and sides, red maple neck, compound radius Macassar ebony fretboard, ebony bridge, engraved tailpiece, bone nut, Rubner tuners, Ameritage custom case.

    A fantastic mandola, lots of that deep growly tone with great warmth and amazing definition, volume and projection.

     

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  • Pava A5 amber satin.

    This beauty has absolutely incredible tone! Its one of the best sounding mandolins I've ever played. It has remarkable volume and achieves that rare feat of having fantastic depth and resonance at the same time as clarity and cut (bluegrass players please note, the chop is outstanding).

    No question here of what styles of playing it is suitable for, it will do everything from quiet and gentle to loud and aggressive.

     

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  • Circa OOO-12 USED.

    I am beginning to think that 12 frets to the body and a cutaway is in ideal combination, you get the sweetness of the more centered bridge and access all the way to the top fret. And if anyone knows how to do it its John Slobod (John is Circa Guitars).

     

    This is a truly special guitar and shows what plain 'ol rosewood is capable of. With some very fine red spruce (Adirondack) on the top this guitar has the vintage tone John is famous for in bucket loads. Its deep and dark and powerful but also sweet and warm with a wonderful clarity and focus coming from the Adirondack, more headroom than you could ever wish for. It will respond willingly to a heavy pick or the lightest fingernail or  fingertip. Magic.

     

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  • Weber Gallatin F5: F style, f hole, faded leather.

    I first played a Gallatin in the States in the mid nineteen nineties and remember it still. This is an example of where every cent has gone into the sound. With no bindings, faded leather finish and satin varnish it looks great.

    With a solid hand carved spruce top, solid hand carved maple back and sides, solid cast tailpiece and Brekke bridge it's the least expensive US of A hand-made F5 around. The basic spec of course does not affect the sound, this is a bluegrass cannon, bark and bite a plenty, volume to challenge those b*njos but with enough complexity to make a great all-rounder. With custom hardshell case.

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  • Weber Gallatin A5: A style, f hole faded Leather.

    Fantastic value A5 from the Weber team. The Gallatin mandolins are designed to get a great sounding mandolin at the best possible price. It has no bindings and satin finish, it looks great and is tone bar braced. It has a Weber solid cast tailpiece, traditional Brekke bridge, radiussed Ebony fingerboard, dual action adjustable truss rod, nickel Grover tuners and comes with a deluxe hardshell case.

    It has a very punchy f hole sound. Plenty of power and volume for the bluegrass chop with depth and enough resonance to make it a great all-rounder..

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