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.


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