I finished up two 5 string mandolins this week. They’re heading to Texas soon.
They are 13 3/4″ scale and both are within an oz. of 4 lbs. 13 oz.
A few months ago I had the pleasure of Bill Frisell stopping by the shop. We ended up having dinner at Pappy and Harriet’s and afterwards doing some picking at my house. Something I won’t soon forget. When he got home he ended up sending me one of his teles for a C.A.R. pickup and a new pick guard. The tele has a 24 3/4 scale neck by JW Black and the artwork on the body is by Terry Turrell.
Jan 20th Fretboard Journal posted a clip of Bill doing an instrumental version of Dylan’s ” A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” He’s playing on the neck pickup going through a Strymon Flint pedal into a Gibson GA-50T amp. Enjoy….
Working on a couple of 5 string mandolins.
Here’s a great clip of Tim Lerch demonstrating my CCII pole piece pickup on and Eastman ERO.
I’ve been thinking about a new guitar model for a few years. One that more players can get their hands on, take on the road and use as a daily go-to guitar. Recently I finished the first two prototypes of what I’m calling the RoadMaster and I’m really happy with how they turned out.
There will be three versions of the RoadMaster to choose from. The one pictured, which is a chambered body with a sunburst finish, a chambered body with blonde finish and an ash solid body with white blonde finish. They will all feature a bolt on neck and my new Summertone™ pickups which will also be available separately and on our website soon. Prices for the RoadMaster will range from around $5000 – $6500. Final pricing TBD.
Since I made two prototypes to get the ball rolling. I’m selling the first one, pictured here, with a custom case for $7500. If interested, contact me at email@example.com In the future, the case will be optional.
Just like the Smith Special, the RoadMaster is is completely Made in the USA. But unlike the Smith Special, there won’t be the option to customize this guitar other than if someone wants inlay in their pickguard. We will make that available in the standard shape pickguard at an additional cost.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We’ll have examples of all three versions of the RoadMaster soon. Availability news will go out to our mailing list first so if interested, sign up at the upper right of this page.