Deluxe Ranger Gig Bags

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...

Worthless For All But a String Holder

Any of the bridge issues below will rob your instrument of tone and volume and are responsible for more players going on a new string brand or gauge hunt because their instrument just doesn’t sound...

‘Miss Scarlett’, Rare Scarlett Fire Fern Now Listed!

One of only three Ferns built with Scarlett Fire color, this mandolin is in pristine condition and has barely been played.  Named "Miss Scarlett" by the owner. It wears a varnish finish while...

Deluxe Ranger Gig Bags

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...

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Worthless For All But a String Holder

Any of the bridge issues below will rob your instrument of tone and volume and are responsible for more players going on a new string brand or gauge hunt because their instrument just doesn’t sound like it used to.  The picture is how you feel when this happens. I...

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‘Miss Scarlett’, Rare Scarlett Fire Fern Now Listed!

One of only three Ferns built with Scarlett Fire color, this mandolin is in pristine condition and has barely been played.  Named "Miss Scarlett" by the owner. It wears a varnish finish while current Ferns are lacquer, plus it features many customizations from the...

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Introducing the Ranger Travel Mandolin!

It starts! A Ranger Owner Plays For Us *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...

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New MAC Instruments For Sale

We've recently listed a used Weber Yellowstone F Mandolin that has matured and plays like butter (not to mention sporting a rare Flower Pot Inlay) and two beautiful, melodious Weber Arch Top Guitars. These instruments have been thoroughly MAC Inspected so you can be...

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The Countdown Is Over

...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...

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SpeedNecking- a Story

By Brian Beker One score and seven years ago, I sold a Lloyd Loar F-5. Included in the deal was a brand-new Gibson A-5L. The A-5 was okay, but that was it, and not because I was spoiled by the Loar. As a new mandolin, it was just holding something back, and I expected...

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The Special History of a Mandolin Pickguard

By Bruce Graybill When Bruce Weber built my first custom Weber Mandolin, he had me play for several of his builders using my ‘go to’ Mandolin of that time. He had some special cedar from a tree cut in 1910, that he thought would really work well for voicing the kinds...

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The Cost of Repair

“Peel away the hopeful interpretations, and the ‘vintage’ stands revealed as simply ‘old’... The gap between my private logbook and the service ticket is the space where the ethics of repairing motorcycles gets worked out.” Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the...

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