Heres a picture of my Lewis...
Heres a picture of my Lewis...
Gorgeous! Bet it plays like a dream.
Frank, by the way, I believe you've misspelled your sig.
"Nobody roots for Goliath." Wilt Chamberlain
Mother of Pearl feather with silver wire
That is one heck of a nice thing that Santa Lewis and his elves created Frank.
Way to go Michael.
Way to go Frank.
Mandolin, Guitar, Bass
Acoustic, Electric, Eclectic
Swing, Boogie, Bluegrass,
Psychedelic, Blues and Rock
does it have walnut back sides and neck?
..long live the small fish..
hester #026 F4, gibson #28855 1916A
newell #36 "A5"
custom 00-21, 12 fret
gibson lg-0 '68 (wood bridge, solid spruce top)
eastman slope shoulder jumbo (E10SS)
'63 strat and gibson '68 ES-335
hester true A5...on the list and progressing...
Michael makes some of the sickest looking mandolins (and that's a good kind of sick )! How does she sound?
"i gotta fever...and the only prescription is more cowbell!!"
'87 Flatiron A5-JR/'25 Gibson A-JR
Beautiful! But I think it needs a bigger tailpiece
Hate to be a drag, but this mandolin looks really awkward to me. Tailpiece is totally out of scale and the fingerboard extension is just pointless... may the gods please tell me why people insist on these ridiculous, scooped, fretless extensions...
Michael...Brilliant as always! Makes me jealous.
Glassweb...Because we like them. Different strokes for different folks. I think they add to the instrument and its jazz retro feel.
Have a Great Day!
Sure Big Joe, that's why we both play Gibson F5s! I love some of Michael's other designs, but this is all wrong to me aesthetically speaking. The pickguard, the headstock... ah well, each to his/her own I guess.
Perhaps so that you're allowed to change your mind and have it un-scooped by just replaceing the fretboard. Looking at both of my (scooped) mandolins there is supporting maple underneath the extension so if I simply cut it off there could be no reversing it.
Personally I like it. Then again, the last time I was at IBMA (2004) Michael had IMHO two of the best mandolins in the whole show.
2002 Prucha F5
2003 Gibson F5FB
2010 Stratocaster HSS
1965 Fender Telecaster
1962 Martin D18
Hey, what the hell do I know... most of the response here seems to be positive! Play on!
Glassweb, I can name a lot of things that I don't like that other people do. Some of them really bewilder me as the extension does you. I figure I will have to accept that some (in some cases maybe even most) people don't like everything the way I do. I am not even sure that the f-style is my favorite design although some of them sure do look good.
I guess since I am posting in a thread about a Lewis mandolin I could say something about it.
I think Mr. Lewis is an incredible luthier and while I would have some different appointments on the instrument if it were mine it is a stunning instrument.
Michael defintely pushes the envelope from a design perspective, but I think his instruments look great. The fact that other builders hold him in such high regard speaks volumes about his work.
Heiden F-5 #110
GMC Terrain VIN 2GTEC13Z871107423
2007 Tempurpedic mattress
$1.35 in assorted change
That's a beautiful back. I just started a thread asking about mandolins with rosewood, so on that note, how does this one sound? Specifically, what do you think the rosewood adds to the sound as opposed to maple (and what made you choose rosewood)?
Hope you enjoy the mandolin, as I'm sure you will.
Just a heads up... Michael Lewis does make exceptional Loar type replicas for the trads out there. This mandolin above will stand up to any others I have ever played... including a number of Loars. Just sayin' is all... His archtop guitars are pieces of art too... the few flattops he's made are reminiscent of the tone of late thirties Martins... anyhow... If you have an opportunity to to check out his website and/or shoot him an email... here you go:
Michael Lewis website
Well, late to the party again I guess. That is nothing new. Wow folks, thanks for your confidence.
The back and sides are as Frank stated, old Brazilian rosewood. I think I have enough more to make 3 or 4 mandolins, and will start one next Summer for Scott Gates.
In response to Glassweb, no offense meant, but just because I can. When I make instruments that have not been specifically ordered by or for some one I can take some artistic license if the mood strikes. On the other hand, when I make an instrument for an order I follow the design of what is ordered. Sometimes I make very traditional instruments on spec just because. As a maker I enjoy the freedom to push the boundries of design once in a while. In regard to the scooped fingerboard extension, the F model is a very visual design and by scooping the fingerboard instead of cutting it off the visual element is retained and more access to the strings is gained.
Beautiful mandolin. Love that headstock and inlay. The huge tailpiece is a bit much for me, but regardless, it does give it a unique look. I like the color of the pick-guard too!
Nice work Michael!
"The more I learn, the more I realize how ignorant I truly am..."
Yes, I like it too, and that tailpiece reminds me: I need to buy a pancake flipper