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Are your looking for:

An instrument that makes the other players turn and take a second look...

An instrument with a good clean tone with power to cut through to the back of the concert hall…

An instrument that inspires you…

A mandolin that begs you to play it little more even though there is work to do tomorrow …

An instrument with perfect intonation…

We need to talk!

I would love to work with you to build you that instrument.

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To start the order process, we’ll discuss what you’re looking for in an instrument. Once we agree upon the specifications, price, and a delivery time frame, I will need a refundable $500 deposit before I begin work on your instrument.

Clicking on the headings at the right will give you a chance to read through the various topics we’ve written, giving you a lot of helpful information about our ordering process, but every client and build is totally unique. If you don’t see something you are looking for – just ask us! When it comes to making the perfect instrument for our artists, no stone will be left upturned.

Throughout the building process, I will keep you updated so you can see your instrument as it’s built. Final payment is due before shipment and you have 30 days and decide that it’s your perfect mandolin. If for any reason, you’re not completely satisfied, I will work with you to make any reasonable modifications or you can return it, in original condition with the case, for a full refund.

Get started by contacting me via the Contact Page from this website or e-mail me at gary@cedarmtm.com or call me at (425) 228-3722. I generally try to keep a couple of instruments for demo purposes. And if you’re located in the Pacific Northwest, I can work with you to try one out.

It’s pretty simple. I want you to be happy with your new mandolin.

  • F-Style Mandolin – Base Price $3,000
  • A-Style Mandolin – Base Price $2,000
  • Octave Mandolin – Base Price $4,000
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  • Select, solid Alaskan Sitka spruce top
  • Premium figured maple back, sides, and neck
  • Adjustable truss rod reinforced neck
  • Tuned tone bar bracing
  • Tension compensated fret scale, 13.861, 13.960, or traditional 13.875.  Octave fret scale, 21.788
  • Ebony compound radius fingerboard with mother of pearl dot inlays
  • Ebony headstock veneer with mother of pearl inlays: Single “vine” and “Lewandowski”
  • Celluloid binding on body, neck, and peg head
    • White\Black\White\Black
  • Nickel plated, James tailpiece engraved “Lewandowski”
  • Nickel plated, Rubner F- or A-style tuners
  • Adjustable Ebony bridge
  • Bone nut, 1 1/8”
  • Spirit varnish, French polish finish – body, neck, headstock

Price adjusted according to options below:

  • Soundboard woods – Bearclaw figure spruce, Engelmann or Red spruce, Redwood or Cedar
  • Back & Rim woods – downgrade to nonfigured maple (cost reduction)
  • Neck, Fretboard, Bridge woods – Rosewood, Ebony.  Wide\Narrow Nut or neck widths and custom profiles 
  • Fretwire – Nickel-silver or EVO gold, various dimensions
  • Headstock veneers – Front wood type: Ebony, Rosewood, or special request.  Backside: none, ebonized fiberboard, or special request
  • Binding – Ivoroid, Tortoise, None (cost reduction).   Various combinations of colors and line orientation
  • Inlays – “Lewandowski”,MOP, gold MOP, Abalone, design complexity is up to you
  • Hardware – Tuners: Rubner, Schaller, Gotoh,    Tailpiece – James type, Nickel, silver or gold, engraved or not; Allen type, same options

Finish – various colors, sunburst styles, and solid color options. Spirit varnish only

For musicians who have been playing a while, describing tone can come naturally.  It’s almost instinctive. For those who are new to the instrument, describing tone is as elusive as trying to catch fog in your hand.  How do you describe a sound? The more experience you gain, the easier it is to describe sound. For a luthier to describe the sound of an instrument, it takes a lot of creativity.  However, there are some standard terms that people use.

Here’s a list to help you out in describing the tone of your mandolin:

  • Pure
  • Crisp
  • Woddy
  • Tubby
  • Sweet
  • Rich
  • Deep
  • Lush
  • Resonant
  • Responsive
  • Projects
  • Bold
  • Percussive
  • Solid
  • Round
  • Full

Lifetime repair\replacement, at our discretion, for all defects in workmanship. Warranty applies to original purchase\Owner only and is not transferable. Repair work not performed in our shop, normal wear and tear, misuse, neglect, accidental damage, modification, or damage that results from changes in temperature or humidity, frets wear, strings, finish, and tuning machines are not covered by this warranty. 15-day unconditional refund of full purchase price. Shipping to our shop is not included.

The information in these sections was last updated on 08/24/2019

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