‘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...

Introducing the Ranger Travel Mandolin!

It starts! *Music Store Dealers can contact us for details* 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...

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...

‘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! *Music Store Dealers can contact us for details* 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...

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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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Mandolin Bridges Flipped

Bruce estimates that 10% of the mandolins he receives for repair have the bridge base flipped around- treble for bass. If you notice a decline in tone/volume after a string change, check the bridge. If the base is flipped the bridge doesn't fit well and sometimes can...

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Dreadful Over-humidification

'The marketers seem to grasp that it is not the product but the practice that is really attractive.' Shop Class as Soulcraft: An inquiry into the Value of Work. One of the most damaging repairs Bruce gets in (unfortunately fairly often) is due to over humidification....

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