Monteleone Grand Artist (1994)


The work of John Monteleone is sprawling and he has put his flag down everywhere between faithful Loar reproduction to Avante-Garde, orchestral inspired pieces of art. Those who have followed the development of the Grand Artist attest to the evolution in sound, feel, and aesthetic that has defied tradition and transformed into something all it's own by improving upon techniques rather than straying from them. Radius fingerboard, abbreviated pick guard, cast tailpiece, fully hollowed scroll, these are just a few innovations present that have made themselves commonplace in modern mandolin building. This particular instrument has a full, round sound that blooms before it dies, almost reminiscent of an oval hole mandolin with modern projection. This fine example perfectly captures what John was chasing with the Grand Artist, and is proof that sometimes perfecting the wheel is the finest way to reinvent it.

Free Freight: The Music Emporium is happy to provide free ground shipping on all merchandise priced over $100 and purchased online at This offer applies to all merchandise shipped within the 48 continental US States.* If you wish to expedite your shipment or your order doesn't qualify, we provide competitive rates. Once you enter your shipping info, you'll be given a selection of services from UPS, FedEx and USPS.

Exclusions: Certain products are excluded from our free shipping offer due to manufacturer restrictions. Also, oversized items or large amplifiers weighing more than 75 lbs may incur extra shipping charges.

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The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Priority Mail, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

**There are instances where the approval period does not apply. If you've played the instrument in our store and we then ship it to you, there is no approval period. If the item is a Sale Item (special discounted price, an item listed on our Specials Page), there is no approval period. There are no returns accepted on electronics (amps, pickups, pedals, etc.) unless the product is received in damaged or defective condition.

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