View Full Version : Weber custom gallatin a black beauty

Dec-28-2007, 7:33am
Bret, Weber's finish genius wanted to try a new finish, Rick emailed a photo, the three of us got put our heads together and came up with this.

Whad 'd y' think?

Dec-28-2007, 7:34am

Joel Spaulding
Dec-28-2007, 8:15am
The blackface is a striking and beautiful contrast. The back photo did not post-at least on my page. The sides appear to be maple instead of mahogany(?) Would love to see the back if you can repost.

Dec-28-2007, 8:20am
The back is showing here... 2nd posting
Back and sides quilted maple

Ken Berner
Dec-28-2007, 8:24am
Absolutely outrageous quilting! Again the Weber folks have out-done themselves; no telling what the next ten years will bring.

Mark Walker
Dec-28-2007, 8:35am
That's certainly unique! I think it's something that has to 'grow' on you a bit.

I like it though!

Dec-28-2007, 8:40am
Trevor, I love the black top and the quilted maple. I would rather the quilt have more of a warm color than the black (wash?). Either a warm red or honey amber color. The back looks too much like a blackened English Muffin for my taste. That wood is pretty spectacular though. With wood that pretty I'm sure others will love it... just not my cuppa tea.


Joel Spaulding
Dec-28-2007, 8:51am
For some reason all I see is a McAfee logo on the second post. Frequently posts I view do not display photos at all. Suggestions from any #Cafe veterans on my settings? Send me a PM. I am missing out on a lot of #Mando aesthetic content!
I still love the front shot http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Tracy Tucker
Dec-28-2007, 8:51am
While I prefer warmer browns for the face, I am strangely drawn to the back! It looks three-dimensional, like it has been roughly hand-carved and left that way. But on this mando, that's not a bad thing! Beautiful wood.


Dec-28-2007, 8:55am
trevor - Since you asked... Love the front, hate the back (stain). Beautiful quilt, but I'm with Jamie on the best looking back stain.

Steve Cantrell
Dec-28-2007, 9:15am
I really like it. These oval-hole Webers have really been catching my eye lately.

Sergio Saldivar
Dec-28-2007, 9:16am
I DO love the back! In the picture it looks a copperish tone, very unique. Absolutely gorgeous to my taste. Can I have one of those?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif PLEASE?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Dec-28-2007, 9:24am
If you PM me, I will reply with photo attached.

Bill Snyder
Dec-28-2007, 9:25am
How about a straight on shot of the front? I know it is not the case here but when I see these angled down shots on ebay I always wonder if the lister is trying to hide something.
I am not a fan of the back finish either, but I certainly can see where it would appeal to someone else.

Dec-28-2007, 9:30am
The shot is taken that way because its the only angle I'm aware of that produces no flare, nothing to hide..

Dec-28-2007, 9:54am
Trevor, I love the black top and the quilted maple. #I would rather the quilt have more of a warm color than the black (wash?). #Either a warm red or honey amber color. #The back looks too much like a blackened English Muffin for my taste. #That wood is pretty spectacular though. #With wood that pretty I'm sure others will love it... just not my cuppa tea.

I'm with Jamie. Mmm, honey amber would be gorgeous.

Nice to see something different being tried, though



Jerry Byers
Dec-28-2007, 10:43am
Like others, I liked the front, not crazy about the back. The back just seems unfinished to me. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Dec-28-2007, 5:18pm
I love the back. "Burnt English Muffin" sounds beautiful.

Laura Leder
Dec-28-2007, 5:45pm
Hello, Trevor,
I have to say...I think it's exquisite!
I LOVE the back!!
Laura http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Dec-29-2007, 12:33am
oh my gosh. i dont think that i have ever seen such an incredible back!! that is absolutely amazing to me. great job, weber folks.

Patrick Sylvest
Dec-29-2007, 12:44am
I love it and someone else will love it enough to buy it. It's surely a one of a kind, find! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif

big h
Dec-29-2007, 11:17am
That back looks awsome.Thats the first gallitin a I've seen.

Rick Banuelos
Dec-30-2007, 7:41pm
Personally? I loved it. Went searching for another piece of quilt, but I just couldn't find one. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Dec-30-2007, 9:32pm
The grain in that back an neck is incredibly interesting! Not particularlty crazy about the color of the back, but then again, I wouldn't throw it out of bed for eating crackers either! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif


Dec-30-2007, 10:05pm
What a shame. I hope that person got fired!

Dec-31-2007, 10:33am
Sadly (or not, as I don't have the scratch at the moment) this doesn't do much for me. Quilt isn't my style (but if it were curly, I might have a different opinion) and the wash finish looks "unfinished."

Also, opaque finishes, to me, are better suited for a solid body instrument. Obviously other opinions abound, which is why this is a great place.

Dec-31-2007, 12:54pm
I just found time to do some more photos, better angle front shot for Bill 1st then another view of the back trying to show the high gloss.

Dec-31-2007, 12:55pm

Dec-31-2007, 5:39pm
That new back shot really looks like a sea turtle! I'm still not a fan of the black wash on that wood but gracious! That back wood is amazing. It is a very distinctive look and someone's going to end up with quite a mandolin.


Snakebeard Jackson
Jan-17-2008, 12:55pm
it looks bumpy. Is it really smooth? Sorry if this is a dumb question. But it really does look bumpy.
would bumpy be even more cool? I don't know.

Jan-17-2008, 1:00pm
The turtle shell comment is dead on! Definitely a converstaion piece.

Kevin Briggs
Jan-17-2008, 1:18pm
What a shame. #I hope that person got fired!
Dang... Fire Brett from Sound to Earth? If there's one thing people agree on regarding Sound to Earth it's that their finishes are impeccable. That's all Brett. He's the finishing guru, and is probably one of the main reasons Webers are so revered for their truly practically flawless finishes.

I think it looks smooth. The quilted upgrade is probably pretty pricey, along with the custom finish and traditional snakehead headstock, but it's definitley unique. I've never seen wood look like that before.

Jan-17-2008, 1:26pm
Its weird but I like it. It might not be my first choice visually but then Im sure in hand it looks different. If it doesn't sell send it to me and I'll hold on to it for ya!

Jan-17-2008, 5:03pm
Fascinating back wood, but I would never buy it, it's too much for me. It's kind of an odd combination- an understated top and a garish back. suitable perhaps for the bipolar among us... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Narayan Kersak
Jan-17-2008, 5:15pm
How much is it?

Jan-17-2008, 5:18pm
Its on my website, 1595 that's about $2600 excluding UK sales tax.

Jan-23-2008, 5:16am
Its smooth and shiny, probably the most difficult mandolin I've ever tried to photograph. I agree about the turtle comment... I'm not sure I like it myself from the photos but in the flesh (no comments about turtle flesh please) its fantastic, sounds great too.

Mar-13-2008, 7:35pm
my god! the quilt looks 3-d!.... i luv it

Ivan Kelsall
Mar-14-2008, 2:59am
PUT THAT MANDOLIN AWAY !!!!!! - Trevor,are you trying to sell me yet ANOTHER Weber,cos' you're getting darned close to it (i wish ) - a beautiful instrument,

Ken Olmstead
Mar-17-2008, 3:42pm
I think it would compliment my Fern nicely! I like A models (A-holes as my wife calls them) for experimentation. They just seem more free to be their own thing. They don't have to look a specific way or sound a certain way. They are free to just be. I doubt that I would order it that way but if it was hanging in a shop and I liked the way it sounded and played, I could easily take it home!! Nice work!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Mar-17-2008, 5:24pm
Now that there is purtty, I don't care who you are. I wouldn't change a thing.

Mar-18-2008, 4:06pm
Wow, I think that's an absolute beaut!! The back DOES look like a tortoise shell, and for me that makes it rock even more!! I'd have that in a flat minute, definitely going on my wish list!