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.
Almost all mando players would like a little kick-around mando for when they want take it hiking and other adventures. Or, perhaps somebody needs a good quality beginner mando.
Our Ranger Travel Mandolin is perfect!
Everything is hand-made, here in the shop, so get your orders in early.
Please don’t hesitate to Contact Us if you have any questions, or would like to chat about possibilities.
Order now and receive a Deluxe Gig Bag for your Ranger! They will be available for only the next couple of months. We include a little travel mandolin chord book and Montana Lutherie Badge with each Ranger, too!
If you are considering customizing your Ranger, here are a list of the favorites with pricing:
Wide Nut- No Charge
Radiused Fingerboard $20
Ebony Veneer with Pearl Star $20
Ebony Fingerboard with Pearl fret markers $20
Internal Twin Pickup with End Pin Jack $50 (includes installation)
Mahogany No Charge
Cherry No Charge
Below is a Ranger we just built to a player’s specs with a wide nut, radiused, ebony fingerboard, and pickup with endpin jack. Classy looking too!:
Several Music Stores now carry Rangers: Starr’s Guitars, CO. A Sharp Music Co., WA. Homestead Pickin Parlor, MN., Bernunzio Uptown Music NY., Melodee Music, VA., Todaros Music, PA., Denver Folklore Center, CO. The Mandolin Store, AZ, and Mandolin New England, MA.
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*Check out the Music Stores near you that carry Rangers at the bottom of this post!
We’ve added an ‘Instruments‘ Page to this website where we will update you on new instruments built by Montana Lutherie and also Bruce’s instruments for individual players (these will be coming out this summer).
Right now we are offering the Ranger Travel Mandolin who is a friend you can take on any adventure. GO HERE to check them out and to order. We’re offering free USPS shipping and they can be customized.
Several Music Stores now carry Rangers: Starr’s Guitars, CO. A Sharp Music Co., WA. Homestead Pickin Parlor, MN., Bernunzio Uptown Music NY., Melodee Music, VA., Todaros Music, PA., and Denver Folklore Center, CO.
*Interested Dealers Contact Us*
…and the Mandolin Man is back!!
Bruce is ready to take your order for a beautiful B² model, or customized “The Bruce” mandolin family instrument or arch top guitar. Contact him soon with your dreams and desires as there will be only a limited number of instruments built this year.
He’s been busy updating the shop, acquiring the best materials, and most importantly, perfecting design. Watch here for ongoing updates: price list, design and spec lists, new instruments for sale, and questions answered.
You know he loves doing repair and will still be taking a limited number, as time allows.