A sweet toned mandolin balanced with a slightly woody resonant bottom end.
The classic combination of carved top and carved, maple back give the “Tone” its distinctive sound.
This mandolin has evolved slowly over the past 25 years to become one of my most popular and lasting models.
The top is hand-carved from Spruce that rings like bell, having been split from the log to ensure a beautiful straight grain. The front and back are bound in ebony, which is also used for the bridge, handmade truss rod cover and the fingerboard.
European or Engelmann Spruce carved top
Flame European or English Sycamore maple back and sides (carved back)
Handmade Shippey Rosette
Bound Ebony Fingerboard
brazilian mahogany neck
Bone nut and saddle
Ebony binding to top and back
Headstock faced with Indian Rosewood.
Back of head Indian Rosewood
356 mm scale length (or 365mm scale with larger body)
30 mm nut width
270 mm standard body width
or 280 mm larger body
9.5″ compound radius fingerboard (other radii and flat fingerboard optional)
Two way adjustable truss rod
Cast bronze Allen tailpiece. (Bill James tailpiece optional) see options below
Grover gold 309 tuners. Other tuners optional, see below
TOP COLOUR OPTIONS
BACK COLOUR OPTIONS
TAILPIECE OPTIONSBoth options are very high quality: The Allen cast bronze tailpiece will accept both ball-end and loop-end strings and makes string changing very quick and easy. The Allen tailpiece shown is designed by John Monteleone. "The James Tailpiece is an innovative mandolin tailpiece that brings together classic elegance with performance and function. The hinged cover features a unique, concealed latch that secures the cover and requires only a slight pressure to “snap” open or closed. Elements of the latch also dampen the strings and cover from unwanted vibrations. To facilitate re-stringing, the cover flips up allowing easy access to string ends, then flips down to hold string ends in place leaving both hands free.