Winter is the time for…

Winter is the time for…

Winter might be a good time to send in your mando for a tune up- however I can imagine you sitting in front of the wood stove learning new tunes…

Check out the common repair and tune up list, or don’t hesitate to give Bruce a call or email to chat about your instrument.


Following is another nice letter we received from a happy player:
Hi Bruce,
Despite my anxiety attack, the mando got here safe and sound. It was waiting on the doorstep, freshly arrived when I went home for lunch yesterday.I can’t tell you how pleased I am with how it plays and sounds. It has a lightness and sweetness of tone that I can’t get from my other instruments. It’s like it has come to life.I don’t know what magic happens in Montana, but my mandos have all been the better for visiting there and taking the cure!

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NEW PRICE! The Mustang

NEW PRICE! The Mustang

A little walk on the wild side- the first ever Weber Mustang mandolin in like new condition!
Not many of these were built so she’s a rare one and perfect to round out a collection.
Fingerboard is true and plays easy at a low action with no buzzing.
A bonus: Comes in a Hoffee, thinsulate lined, case which is about the best you can get!

$4700.00 Or Best Offer

If you’re thinking about selling a mandolin family instrument check out our MAC program. For some it’s easier to have a trusted third party handle it. Email, or give Bruce a call, to discuss!

Start Early For Mando Christmas Gifts!

Start Early For Mando Christmas Gifts!

I know this is REALLY early but some of the engraved items take about 6 weeks to make, plus inlay customization can take awhile, too.

Following are a few ideas for that Mando Player in your life.

Customized Truss Rod Covers and Harmonic Suppressors are popular: engraving on Mother of Pearl or Abalone, inlay of initials to your own logo or design.
Check out our Galleries for ideas, and general pricing in the commerce section. The process can seem a bit confusing and it’s most often necessary to talk/email with Bruce to nail down exactly what is wanted- he can help with suggestions, ideas, and give you a cost estimate.

We also offer Amrests and Pickguards– customized or not!

We’ve had a long, beautiful Autumn here at Montana Lutherie, and Sound To Earth Orchard. Bruce was busy getting the new shop ready for winter, but has a great view!

Hope You Are Enjoying the Fall, Too!

Amazing Collection of Instruments

Amazing Collection of Instruments

First, this Weber Yellowstone Custom F mandolin left our Montana shop in February of 2005.
It is in great condition, has a fantastic voice, and with the recent setup I did, plays like butter.

Gibson A4 Mandolin

Next, how about this drop dead gorgeous Loar era Gibson A4?  Excellent condition with a few recent upgrades.
EVO frets, James tailpiece, and Relic tuners.  Beautiful voice and a very smooth player.  Original case.

Two surprise Arch Top Guitars!

A nice 1935 Gibson Archtop in great shape!
Neck is straight, frets are good, and it plays smoothly with no buzz at a low action.
New Waverly tuners, TKL hard shell case, and has had a recent setup.

Gibson Archtop Guitar

And Weber Big Sky Arch Top Guitar: An original guitar in excellent condition.

Weber Big Sky Arch Top Guitar

And to round out the selection, here’s a beauty!  A Flyde Octave from England.

Flyde Octave Mandolin

Buying a high-end instrument on the internet is often a big decision and you can make it easier by having a reputable third party certify that is it in good playable condition and verifying the general condition.

Don’t hesitate to Contact Bruce to discuss!

Have You Always Wanted an Octave or Mandocello?

Have You Always Wanted an Octave or Mandocello?

**8/25 OUR CREDIT CARD PROCESSOR IS DOWN. If you can’t order, please Contact Us. PayPal is still available.
We have both in stock right now!

First, an 2018 Oregon built Bitterroot A style octave mandolin #1847808
Plays easy with the shorter scale and has a very nice relaxed voice. 

Next, if you’ve ever wanted a Mandocello, this would be a great one to consider.
A 2008 Weber A style Hyalite.  Montana built and a great reconditioned instrument.

Don’t hesitate to Contact Bruce to chat about them!