Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Back/Sides: Rosewood Laminate
Binding/Bevel: Flame Maple
Scale Length: 25.5″
Pickup: Fishman PRESYS+
Here’s another made in Canada, handbuilt beauty. It really sings. Fingerpicker’s dream.
This guitar has one of the most clear voices we’ve heard in a guitar, plenty of volume especially for its small size.
Top: Solid Cedar
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Body Style: OO
Typically tuned either A-Standard or B-Standard, and sometimes C-Standard, between the ranges of a standard 6-string guitar and a bass, the baritone guitar brings a versatile and unique tone to your palette. Great for rich rhythm parts and beefy riffs, yet also high enough in range to play melodies and leads.
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Body Shape: Jumbo
Nut: 1-7/8″ – Bone
Scale Length: 27-1/2″ / 698mm
The MD614 is a higher tiered mandolin from Eastman, featuring all solid woods, hand-carved, and excellent attention to fit and finish.
The result is a highly exceptional musical instrument.
For these reasons we believe you would be hard pressed to find a mandolin of this quality for this price.
Exceptional craftsmanship on a fantastically responsive and expressive instrument
Made in Cremona, Italy by Wolfgang Kury in the year 2000
Accompanied by a written appraisal of $27,000 from Luthier Geza Burkhardt
Viola Excellent Condition, Case Good Condition
Flamed Maple Back, Sides and Neck
This is Eastman’s lowest tier of their archtop guitar line up featuring an all solid hand-carved top.
Hand-carved solid Spruce top
Flame Maple back and sides
3-piece Maple neck
Ebony on Brass tailpiece
Kent Armstrong HPAG-1 neck pickup
Fitted Hardshell case included
Affordable and a decent player. In excellent condition.
Top: Laminated Spruce
Body: Laminated Maple
Pickups: Neck and Bridge Humbucker
What a gem! This guitar has been gently used by its single previous owner. The solid spruce top doesn’t have a single crack, which is very rare for a solid top of this vintage. And what we believe to be Brazilian Rosewood was used on the fingerboard, a wood you won’t get to see a whole lot of in present day instruments.
Original hardware and electronics are all in working order. The neck is beefy and in great shape, no truss-rod. We’ve made a new bone nut and lightened up the bridge a bit, which we find will almost always “open up” the sound and produce more volume. Other than that there was a few hours of buffing out the top to its original sheen and a little bit of set-up and she’s off to the races!
Made on Saltspring Island in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia by long-time instrument maker Grant Wickland, with some additional work/customization done by our luthiers here at Mountain Fruit. These include replacing the synthetic head with a real skin one and changing the strings over to nylon, as well as some refining of the neck profile to take comfort and playability to the next level.
So far we have never been disappointed with the improvement in tone that a real goat skin head brings to a banjo.
The nylon strings and the fretless neck give access to micro-tone playing and slides in a very mellow and lyrical tone, but this instrument still plenty of the volume and clarity that banjo players love. This banjo certainly stimulates a new approach to playing banjo!
We had the absolute pleasure and privilege of restoring this parlour guitar c.1910s from the B&J Company.
Aside from some cracks in the top and back and some broken braces this guitar was in pretty incredible shape for being well over 100 years old.
After doing the necessary work this guitar has an incredibly responsive and sonorous voice. There is a real openness to the sound that you don’t find every day.
Properly taken care of she ought to have another many years of playing in her.
Sure going to miss this one, happy playing to the new owner!
The builders over at Cordoba are putting out some very musical ukes, aesthetically pleasing, easy to play, they intonate properly, hold their tuning.
This is their very beautiful 25C, Concert Ukulele in solid Acacia Wood. A very warm, clear, and inviting tone. With the great diversity of each specimen of Acacia, every one of these ukes is uniquely beautiful.
Bone Nut and Saddle
Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge
Aquila Nylgut strings
Can’t you just imagine yourself on stage with this beauty?
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Here’s a really fun and interesting experiment inspired in part by the mandolin’s larger cousin the Octave Mandolin. We took a 16″ Viola and set it up with special strings from Sensicore to be played in GDAE tuning an octave below a standard violin. The result is a very robust and rich cello-like timbre that is nothing short of satisfying. An excellent choice for accompaniment, regular fiddle music and fingerings can be used and will sound an octave down.
You can expect to see some further experimentation in this realm from us in the near future. As a broad spectrum of timbre and responsiveness is available by playing with string guage, string length, body size, rosin and bow selection. Who has time to be bored?
It is now becoming common for guitar builders to be incorporating a bevel on their guitars for the picking arm to comfortably rest on. The idea is gainging ground as more and more people are getting the chance to play guitars with the arm-bevel. But hardly any factory built guitars out there are incorporating this feature. Enter this new model Teton Grand Concert. Here we have a guitar that sounds exceptional for it’s price range, with a Solid Sitka Spruce top and Rosewood back and sides. The fingerboard, bridge and bridge pins are also made of Rosewood and it comes with a factory-installed Fishman Presys+ active pickup system.
Check out the full specs here.
Teton has done a remarkable job hitting the price point on this one. The solid sitka spruce top and 12-fret neck join, along with the ebony (laminate) back and sides make for a very appealing instrument, both tonally and visually. Not to mention a bit of bling with the abalone rosette around the sound hole. I think you’d be hard pressed to find another parlour of this quality for anywhere near this price. The bass-response on the STP180DVB is remarkable for a body this small, due largely to the 12-fret body design and excellent tone wood selection, without any compromise to the upper register. A great choice for the detailed finger-style player.
I just can’t get over how beautiful those blonde/rosey streaks in the ebony are.
Here we’ve got a functional Tabla set of both larger and smaller Bayan and Dayan. They appear to be hand-beaten copper. Of unknown origin though most likely from India as anyone hammering out the copper bodies by hand and making an authentic looking instrument here in North America would be asking a fair penny for them.
Syahi (black pad on the skin) on the smaller “Dayan” is showing some wear. A couple of Gatta (tuning dowels) are missing from larger “Bayan”. Although we don’t usually see them on the Bayan at all. There is definitely a bit of maintenance that would need to be done to put them into prime playing condition, as you might expect from a Tabla set at this price. Though from what we can tell these are very serviceable instruments that are not in need of anything drastic.
An excellent opportunity for somebody wanting to explore the music of India
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A “Strumstick” or as the builder of this one called his a “Strumjo”, is an adaptation of the Appalachian lap dulcimer. It is a simple yet charming instrument with only three strings (tuned GDG) and fewer frets than our friends the guitar and ukulele. What this does is take away the possibility of playing a wrong note. You’ve only got notes that are in the scale. Whew! The downside of this, and of course there’s a downside, is that the instrument is restricted to playing almost exclusively in the key of G major. Although by creatively avoiding certain notes and highlighting others you could pull off D and C major.
It is an excellent starting point for children or people with no musical background who want to bring a little music into their lives. Also it’s light, compact design make it an excellent choice for the musician-on-the-go not wanting to take their Vintage Guild or Martin camping or hitchhiking. And the extremely adventurous can explore retuning the high string to access all sorts of different scales. for example dropping the high string one whole step allows for playing in minor keys.
Handmade in Vancouver BC and signed by the maker, this guitar has a solid Sitka Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides. Impeccable craftsmanship has most certainly been put into every detail. It plays easily, with beautiful tone and intonation up the whole neck. Fitted-hard shell case included.