Hi Mary and Bruce, I am so sorry for the late response. I was out of town when the Ranger arrived (a neighbor held it). What a pleasant surprise when I got it in my hands! I can only write good things. Great fit and finish, excellent setup, and gorgeous inlay! Out of the box and tuned, the Ranger was incredible to play – as smooth as butter. I decided to take it to a couple of jams to see how it “fit in”. Wow! Even with its diminutive size, this mandolin has a strong voice. Although I expected to use the Ranger as a easily accessible practice and travel instrument, I think it will spend some time in public. Thank you, Mary and Bruce for returning to Montana, opening Montana Lutherie, and building my Ranger. Without a doubt, it is the best travel mandolin. (And, again, the wheat shock inlay is stunning – I love it!) My Best, R. D.
I think I’ve said before that our Ranger players are the most creative, but they are also the nicest!
Received the Ranger, Dec. 20. So beautiful. Thank you. I study and play it, at night, while my wife is sleeping. Does’t bother her. The inlay of my grandchildren’s initials and the Sequoia tree( for my wife), are exquisite!! Wonderful tone, for a small body!! It’s like holding a baby. Also, I like to get a whiff of the wood, from the sound hole, before making music. Thank you so much. I hope you all have a good year. BB
Elegant Cherry Body with ebony fingerboard and peghead, plus Pickup and endpin jack
SOLD: Beautiful Walnut Body with Rosette Sound Hole
We built a few extra Custom Ranger Travel Mandos, over the last couple of months, to make sure they were ready to go in time for Christmas. Rangers take a few weeks to build and it can sometimes be hard to get them to Santa in time.
All these need is setup and they’re ready to go.
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Mahogany Body is a favorite, of the little Rangers, as they tone down the treble a bit.
Thanks so much for the Ranger, it arrived a few days ago but as I’ve been working in France I didn’t get much chance to play it until yesterday evening. I’m really so impressed with the build and the mahogany is more beautiful than I expected (I’ve never been wowed by mahogany on instruments before). But most of all, I find that this one projects sound really well for a smaller body and it’s effortless to play. I love the fact you will do a radius board for the Rangers, it’s the only thing I miss with the Aspen (though I fell in love with it regardless when I found it in a music store). I’m now somewhat pleased I missed out on the Sweet Pea because the customisation options you provide on the Ranger really sets it apart. The build is flawless, just as I was expecting.
I’m taking this to Italy next month for an ocarina festival there. I make ocarinas but don’t play them much anymore so the Ranger is going to keep me entertained while I sell my own instruments! The soft bag is nicely padded too and I’m glad you provide them as it means I don’t have to shop for a ukulele case that won’t fit it exactly.
This really is the perfect travel mandolin for me. The solid build, standard scale and the radiused fretboard trumps the pocket mandolin I already own (which is flat narrower board, shorter scale and ultra light strings). So looks like I’ll be selling the pocket on as I think the Ranger is all I’m going to need for my travel.
One question I have is the string gauge. From the looks and feel I’m guessing they’re mediums? If they are then it’s perfect as it’s my preferred gauge on the Aspen.
I’ve attached a little happy family shot of the two mandolins together. I’m very pleased, huge thanks to you and Bruce for continuing to make such quality instruments.