Image shows Bruce consulting with building helper who wants to know if the treats go in that room. But no, it’s the spray booth area.
Things are moving along now that it’s not winter anymore -for the moment anyway. We should be partially in the new shop in a few weeks, and can begin making parts and Rangers once again- Lord willing and the creek don’t rise (a bluegrass title if there ever was one). We really appreciate the patience of those waiting for pickguards, Rangers, etc. Of course Bruce is still doing repairs, tune ups and all sorts of things in the temporary shop.
These pics are a little old and things are a bit farther along, but this will be Bruce’s bench area:
Here’s the view from his window:
The outside has a ways to go, but can be tackled later. After all it’s a 100 year old barn!
We are finally settled at our new place and Bruce is happily working away in his (temporary) shop and accepting tune ups, repairs and customizations. If you have something going just email or give him a call.
A few things are backlogged until the old barn we’re renovating gets a little more finished- winter caught up with us. You can see the tracks of one of our ‘neighbors’ …black bear prints passing right in front of the shop door!
We love it here and hope to see some of our mando friends passing through this summer!
Just a note to let you know the shop is now shutdown until September 2020, when we’ll be set up at our new place. (We do have the two MAC instruments left: the Gibson F5L and Weber Bitterroot F. So keep in mind for September!) We’ll miss the old school, but it’s a bit big for us now, and we retain all of the memories of luthiers, players, vendors, dealers, and mandolins.
So schedule your Mando’s trip to ‘The Mando Spa’, as several of our players have taken to calling it, in the fall. Don’t hesitate to contact Bruce to talk about repairs or ordering a new mando, if you like. I’m sure he’d like to take a break from packing.
If you’re interested in ordering a Ranger, parts or accessories, please watch the website and our FaceBook page for reopening/ordering information, or don’t hesitate to Contact Us directly (we’ll still be online}.
Just to let you know, we are not shut down for repairs or new instruments.
Sporting a smaller profile than a standard mandolin, but having a standard scale/neck size, it plays like a full size mando. It’s also a great Beginner Mandolin as you can be assured of quality construction and setup at a reasonable price, with great Player Support, and made in the USA. It comes with a handy small Mandolin Chord Book.
This tough little mandolin will go anywhere with you weighing less than two pounds in the case.
Also, Consider Personalization! This one sports a Walnut Body, Ebony Radius Fingerboard, Ebony Peghead, Rosette Soundhole, and Custom Peghead Inlay
AND- He Liked It!!
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.