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Ted Eschliman
Jun-16-2005, 12:56pm
What fun! I was give a couple weeks with a fabulous instrument. The intent was to write a review on it, a very dangerous proposition for someone like me, diagnosed with chronic MAS...

http://jazzmando.com/JB4Top.jpg

This is one of Paul Lestock's "Arrow" mandolins. It's a 4-stringer from his "Jazzbo" mandolin line. What a treat!

No financial interest; and if you want to read our review: Jazzbo (http://jazzmando.com/paul_lestock.shtml).

BTW: This guy (http://jazzmando.com/JazzboJJ.jpg) liked it, too!

Scott Tichenor
Jun-16-2005, 12:58pm
I played it Tuesday night before the Jazz in June with John Jorgenson. What a fantastic mandolin, and one I wish I owned. Great work there on that ax.

Bill Snyder
Jun-16-2005, 4:33pm
Maybe I am missing it, but I do not see in your review, or on Mr. Lestock's website just what the "longer" scale length is. Please enlighten us.
BTW it is a beautiful instrument.

Mandobar
Jun-16-2005, 4:55pm
paul is a great guy and i think you will be seeing a lot more of his mandolins in the future.

jmkatcher
Jun-16-2005, 5:06pm
If it's like his other "G" model the scale is 14.66".

Eric F.
Jun-17-2005, 12:19am
Too cool. Too, too cool. Makes me wanna swing like a pendulum do!

glauber
Jun-17-2005, 7:21am
It's pretty, but it's missing a few strings.

arrowmandolin
Jun-17-2005, 12:32pm
Aw shucks......thanks everyone.
Hey by the way,the fretscale is 14.866" and they come in 5&8 string versions as well.

Magnus Geijer
Jun-17-2005, 3:54pm
Very nice!
How much different would you say the sound is between the 4-string and the 8-string?

/Magnus

Bill Snyder
Jun-17-2005, 4:30pm
A question about strings for this mandolin. Since it is a 4 string instrument and the scale length is about 1 inch longer than the "standard" scale length what strings (gauge) d o you find works best?
My understanding of why acoustic mandolins are strung in pairs is in part due to a lack of volume from one string, yet reading Ted's review it sounds like volume is not an issue with this instrument. I take it Mr. Lestock's choice of scale length was to tackle this as well as the tone he was looking for.

arrowmandolin
Jun-18-2005, 10:32am
SOME ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS....
The real diference in the tonality comes from the Yellow cedar top/walnut back and sides, as well as string[nickel or stainless] selection. the 4 and 5 string models have a more focused, warm, dark tone. The 8 string, though still "darker" has more of a crossover,traditional mando tone, you can actually get away playing fiddle tunes on it.
As to diferent string guages, I carve the single string model tops proportionally thinner to be driven with less string tension. The range that owners are using varies from .009-.033 to .012-.052[five string] I prefer the stainless .011,wound.016,.024,.039.

Ted Eschliman
Jun-18-2005, 11:35am
My understanding of why acoustic mandolins are strung in pairs is in part due to a lack of volume from one string, yet reading Ted's review it sounds like volume is not an issue with this instrument.
Most definitely not an issue with this instrument!!!
I didn't write this in the review, but the back is also EXTREMELY resonant. One can significantly muffle the sound (not that anyone would want to...) simply by moving the mando snug to the player's body. (I'd highly recommend a Tone Gard for someone who "cuddles" their instrument while playing.)
Three of us who own/owned Hodson Djangolins tried the Jazzbo together, Scott T, John Jorgenson, and myself. It would be no exaggeration to say this had three times the volume.
Nothing against the Hodson, it's apples and oranges, as those gems have their place, too, their own subtle charm (and about a third the price).
Paul has made this instrument amazingly loud and full, yet not uncharacteristically piercing.
As I wrote, it stands on its own as a solo, melodic instrument in any acoustic environment quite competently!

Spruce
Jun-19-2005, 9:15am
Paul also builds a killer J45 clone (along with a lot of other stuff), for those of you so inclined...

I've been looking for a J45 to record with for many years now, mentioned it to Paul, and he showed up at Wintergrass this year with a guitar that took me one strum to OK....

Just a great instrument....

Lee
Jun-20-2005, 4:54pm
Very nice indeed!
I wonder what case it fits into.

Ted Eschliman
Aug-19-2005, 5:58am
I could not resist; it had to be mine:

http://jazzmando.com/images/Coco_Dad_05.jpg

I had Paul install a custom Kent Armstrong humbucker (and pickguard), and needless-to-say, it did not disappoint. Incredible "jazzbox guitar" tone plugged in, uniquely more of a soprano register.

Hard to describe in words, but run through a good tube amp, there's tremendous potential for new sonic ground I hope to explore. I'm becoming a huge fan of single course mandolinning.

What a killer ax, and you'll not find better bang for your buck anywhere!

grandmainger
Aug-19-2005, 6:04am
I spent some time with Paul at the symposium. He's a very great guy, excellent fun, and with a really cool perspective on life.

I played the Jazzbo too.. Yum. Very different play, very nice!

I picked on one of the mandocellos he had there. I can't stop thinking about it now... It felt and sounded so right! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif
Paul makes really nice instruments

arbarnhart
Aug-20-2005, 7:21am
Very nice! Only problem is that you will here that "nice uke" comment even more often. I would love to try a high end 4 string. The slightly longer scale is the trick? Hmmm...

cbogle
Aug-21-2005, 12:03am
So Paul or Ted---is this model named for Al "Jazzbo" Collins? I used to enjoy his radio show(s) many years ago.

Steve D.

Daniel Nestlerode
Aug-21-2005, 12:44am
I picked on one of the mandocellos he had there. I can't stop thinking about it now... It felt and sounded so right! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif
Paul makes really nice instruments
Not to steal the thread really, but I just wanted to second Germain's statement regarding Paul's other instruments. I played a guitar shaped octave mandolin and fell in love with its deep, powerful tones.

Wonderful instruments, every last one.

Daniel

Antlurz
Aug-21-2005, 12:50am
I'm kind of burned out on sunbursts in general, but the overall profile and design of that instrument is positively a "###### Moment" par excellence....

Ron

Patrick Gunning
Aug-21-2005, 1:33am
Way to go Ted! You made the right decision.

Seriously though, I am loving my G-style mandolin (8-string) Paul built for me and if I had any extra $$ at the moment I would be getting an archtop guitar octave from him. I played a 4-string through an amp that Paul had at his house and you're right, I got ideas left and right experimenting with that tone, even if only for a few minutes. If you come up with anything interesting I'd sure love to hear some clips.

Enjoy http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Ted Eschliman
Aug-21-2005, 12:58pm
I'm curious if any of you Arrow owners have considered a Tone-Gard.
I wrote Tony, and surprisingly, he hasn't done one for a Jazzbo yet, and I think it would really make that walnut sing. (Especially for those of us horizontally enhanced, with built-in stomach "mufflers.")
I can do the tracing and all he's needing to design one, but are there any of you out his way (CA) that can loan him one to measure?

Larry S Sherman
Aug-29-2005, 10:34am
Hey Ted,

Any chance that you'll be bringing the jazzbo to Rigelfest?

Larry

Ted Eschliman
Oct-20-2005, 7:37pm
Now that I have a Kent Armstrong Humbucker installed on it, here is a casual recording:
Jazzbo through a Presonus TubePre preamp, no other effects. (http://jazzmando.com/sound/magic.mp3)

siren_20
Oct-20-2005, 8:21pm
Paul is really building some killer instruments. He was gracious enough to loan me one of his 'cellos to play for the ensemble piece during the symposium (I still owe you a couple beers for that, paul!)
Others seemed to like it, too.

Mandobar
Oct-21-2005, 6:24am
a while back paul told me he was building a jazzbo for grisman.

van
Oct-21-2005, 11:12am
I'm becoming a huge fan of single course mandolinning.
Me too! I love the looks of that mando. I have been wanting to build one like that. I just hope I can get mine to look half as good as that one.

glauber
Oct-21-2005, 11:48am
Now that I have a Kent Armstrong Humbucker installed on it, here is a casual recording:
Jazzbo through a Presonus TubePre preamp, no other effects. (http://jazzmando.com/sound/magic.mp3)
Pretty, almost begs for some overdrive.

"Yes, it's a little (electric) guitar." http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif