Andrew Mowry makes one of the best arched-top octave mandolins currently available. The several we have had through the shop have all been absolutely superb, head-turning instruments!
This blonde, guitar-bodied octave mandolin has a bold, full acoustic voice, and plays like a dream. The 14" body is Andrew's most popular size, and sits very comfortably on the lap. The scale length falls in a sweet spot for many octave mandolinists: long enough to enable a powerful sound, yet short enough to facilitate comfortable reaches in first position. Whether playing mandolin melodies down an octave, or as a songwriter's refined rhythm instrument, this mando is an absolute blast to play. Once you pick it up, it is very hard to put down.
Mowry's impeccable build quality also merits special attention here. Mowry stands as an equal among a small cadre of top-flight contemporary mandolin-family luthiers operating at a very high level, making superb, and exceedingly enjoyable instruments built to last many lifetimes.
Priced with custom Ameritage case.
- Carved spruce top
- Carved Red maple back and sides
- Maple neck
- Ebony fingerboard
- Handmade ebony bridge and bound pickguard
- Trapeze tailpiece w/ebony cross bar
- Tortoise binding
- Rubner tuners
- Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
- 14-inch body
- 1.34" (34mm) nut
- 21 5/8" scale
- Serial #179