Category Archives: Mandolins

Mandolins

Boomerang

boomerangTake a piece of Firebird, a little Explorer, some Flying V, add a bit of Danelectro, and a touch of Fender. . . put ’em all together and what have you got?. . .The Boomerang! Earnest Instruments combines the best of what’s “out there” into one retro-electro-mando that brings back the future. Available in mahogany or limba (a.k.a. korina), the Boomerang features a bolt-on neck, reverse headstock, lipstick tube pickup, pearloid pickguard, amber speed knobs, and a strat style tailpiece with through body string anchors. Available with 4 or 5 strings, 14.5″ scale length, or NovaX multi-scale fretboard.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Total Length Width-Upper Bout Width-Lower Bout Max. Depth of Body Body Length Scale Length
27″ 7″ 10″ 1″ 14″ 14 1/2″

Earnesto

earnesto earnestobackA classic European styled flat-top mandolin, EARNESTO is designed for the ethnic or classical musician looking for an alternative to the standard bowlback, archtop, or crack top mandolin. The large, deep body, and long (14 1/2″) scale length gives this instrument a clear brilliance, with strong bass and rich overtones, capable of a wide range of timbres and moods. EARNESTO is available in a variety of domestic and imported hardwoods, with a slotted or solid headstock.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Total Length Width-Lower Bout Max. Depth of Body Body Length Scale Length
27 1/4″ 10 5/8″ 2 9/16″ 13″ 14 1/2″

Little Red

littleredAn electric mandolin, pared down to its simplest (and most aerodynamic!) form, LITTLE RED is a modern, solid body instrument carved from a single piece of lightweight hardwood, and reinforced with a graphite epoxy rod. This exceptionally strong and light construction produces an instrument with great sustain, bright tone, and perfect playability. Available in 4, 5 or 8 string models, with arched or flat fingerboard, and a humbucking blade pickup, in a choice of woods (including Spanish cedar, ash, or poplar) depending on desired tonal qualities.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Total Length Width-Lower Bout Max. Depth of Body Body Length Scale Length
25″ 9 1/4″ 1″ 12″ 14 1/2″

Octavio

octavfrt The original EARNEST octave mandolin has gone through a number of design changes and refinements resulting in OCTAVIO, a flat-top, octave mandolin featuring a strong, guitar-like bass and a sweet, balanced treble with lots of sustain. The deep, rounded teardrop shape creates a large air chamber allowing the instrument to respond to the low G strings, while the 23″ scale gives it the “feel” of a tenor banjo. OCTAVIO fills a void in the mandolin family. It creates an ideal voice for Celtic music, as well as other ethnic, classical, and contemporary styles. OCTAVIO is available in domestic or exotic tonewoods, with a spruce top, ebony or rosewood fingerboard (12″ radius or flat), and ivoroid binding.

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Curly Mahogany

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Total Length Width-Lower Bout Max. Depth of Body Body Length Scale Length
34 7/8″ 13″ 2 5/8″ 16 5/8″ 23″

Junior

Junior Deluxe

Junior Deluxe

Junior Jr.

Junior Jr.

A vintage style electric mandolin featuring a sunburst finish, block inlays, and a bound top and fingerboard, JUNIOR DELUXE has a mahogany body and spruce top, combined with a Seymour Duncan mini-humbucker pickup to deliver a warm, fat tone suitable for jazz, blues, country, or rock music. A hollow tone chamber enhances the low and mid range of the instrument, giving it a guitar-like quality while still retaining that tuned-in-fifths sound. JUNIOR DELUXE is available in 4, 5 or 8 string models and can also utilize an EMG bridge transducer for a more “acoustic” sound. The double neck, JUNIOR II, is also available with an 8 string acoustic/electric neck and a 4 or 5 string solid body electric neck (see Custom Instruments).
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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Total Length Width-Upper Bout Width-Lower Bout Max. Depth of Body Body Length Scale Length
26″ 6″ 9″ 1″ 12 1/8″ 14 1/2″

Custom Junior II Doubleneck Electric Mandolin

Passione

passioneInspired by the work of an anonymous Italian luthier in New York’s Little Italy, the Passione mandolin combines an old world design with a few modern touches inlcuding a graphite-epoxy reinforced neck, 13 7/8″ scale, 10″ radiused fingerboard, X braced top, and Schaller tuners. The sound is sweet and clear, favorable for traditional, ethnic, or classical music. Available in curly maple, walnut, pear, or other exotic tonewoods, with a spruce top, mahogany or maple neck, and ivoroid or tortoid binding.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Total Length Width Max. Depth of Body Body Length Scale Length
26 3/8″ 10 5/8″ 2 1/2″ 12 3/4″ 13 7/8″

Swamp Cat

swampcat1 swampcat2With a lightweight swamp ash body and ears like a cat, the SWAMP CAT has a traditional bolt-on maple neck, rosewood fretboard, and a hardtail bridge with through-body string anchors. Available with either single coil or humbucking pickups, the SWAMP CAT has a clear, bright tone and great sustain, thanks also to the 14.5″ scale length. The SWAMP CATcomes in four or five string models with a translucent blonde lacquer finish, black or parchment pickguard, and chrome knobs. Custom colors are also available. The SWAMP CAT was designed for Barry Mitterhoff, classical, ethnic, bluegrass, jazz, and blues mandolinist extraordinaire, currently touring with the band, Hot Tuna.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Total Length Body Width Body Depth Body Length Scale Length
27″ 10″ 1 5/8″ 14″ 14 1/2″