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Paul Statman
Mar-12-2009, 10:54pm
Does anyone know who built this for him? Not that I could afford one just now, but, oh - how much do I covet that?!

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg302/f5mando/Mandolins/john-paul-jones.jpg

Gail Hester
Mar-13-2009, 2:55am
Which one? Here's another. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_jO5JCS-eY

From emando.com, his mandolins and triple necks come from the Mason Brothers.

http://www.emando.com/players/Jones.htm

A. B. Manson & Co.
Easterbrook, Hittisliegh
Exeter EX6 6LR
England

billkilpatrick
Mar-13-2009, 6:36am
reminds me of those fish found in the water near where homer simpson works ...

wonder if he checks it in as carry-on hand-luggage when jpj has to fly ...

Fliss
Mar-13-2009, 7:43am
Which one? Here's another. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_jO5JCS-eY

From emando.com, his mandolins and triple necks come from the Mason Brothers.

http://www.emando.com/players/Jones.htm

A. B. Manson & Co.
Easterbrook, Hittisliegh
Exeter EX6 6LR
England

That information from emando.com is out of date. Andy Manson, who made the triple-neck, moved from there quite a while ago, and the workshop at Easterbrook is now the workshop of Brook Guitars. The guys who run Brook used to work for Andy, and they make very fine guitars.

Andy Manson - who makes extremely fine guitars, mandolins and other fretted instruments - is now based in Crediton in Devon, a short distance north of his former workshop. Here's a link to his website which includes up to date contact details:

http://www.andymanson.co.uk/home.html

Fliss (fan of both Manson and Brook instruments!)

Timbofood
Mar-13-2009, 9:27am
There's scroll envy!

Mike Black
Mar-13-2009, 9:39am
Wow!!!! Andy Mason does some fantastic work! I like the neck joint design that he uses on that H5 Mandola that is pictured on his website.

I've always loved the triple neck too! I had no idea that it was an electric.

Lee
Mar-13-2009, 12:02pm
I wonder how long it takes him to change strings?

carleshicks
Mar-13-2009, 12:12pm
Wow that Mason is talented. I love this sycamore back.

Jim MacDaniel
Mar-13-2009, 1:29pm
And check out the carved sound-port on the OM/Guitar he built for Lief Sorbye. (Some close-ups are at the link Fliss provided.)

billhay4
Mar-13-2009, 7:56pm
Talented? No.
Genius? Yes.
Bill

pjlama
Mar-13-2009, 10:19pm
The Mermaid guitar is just insane, here's one pic. I suggest going to the site and soaking it in.

man dough nollij
Mar-13-2009, 10:34pm
That's outrageous! It's even for sale. Where's Allen? That may be the one instrument he doesn't have yet. :disbelief:

Paul Statman
Mar-13-2009, 10:51pm
Which one?


You're funny! "Which one"? Why..the one in the photo I posted, of course! Thanks for the info. though, Gail. Andy Manson is a truly great contemporary luthier. I didn't know it was one of his.

Mike Black
Mar-13-2009, 11:50pm
After drooling all over Andy Manson's website all day, I believe he has become my new favorite luthier!

pjlama
Mar-14-2009, 12:48am
He's certainly creative.

delsbrother
Mar-14-2009, 2:34am
The Mermaid guitar is just insane, here's one pic. I suggest going to the site and soaking it in.

I dare any married man to bring the Mermaid guitar home. In fact, I DOUBLE DOG DARE you!

Sorry, with all due respect to the genius, etc. but it just reminds me of this (http://noticethings.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/leg-lamp1.jpg).

Chris Browne
Mar-14-2009, 6:49pm
I played a double neck (mando/guitar) for the first time today at a friend's place. Still in the white, and it was awesome - comfortable, not cumbersome at all. When I think of double necked instruments, I think of JP in his dragon suit and all that, but this was a really useable instrument.

mrmando
Jan-08-2012, 6:50am
That information from emando.com is out of date. ... Andy Manson - who makes extremely fine guitars, mandolins and other fretted instruments - is now based in Crediton in Devon, a short distance north of his former workshop.
Well, he's moved again: flown the sceptred isle and set up shop in Portugal!

http://www.andymanson.co.uk

Goodin
Jan-09-2012, 9:11am
And check out the carved sound-port on the OM/Guitar he built for Lief Sorbye. (Some close-ups are at the link Fliss provided.)

Fliss I think that's your old blarge hanging up on the wall in the background of this pic. Yes Andy is one of the cleanest and most creative luthiers around I think, and he is a great guy too. (edit: pic didnt show up here, see post #9).

AlanN
Jan-09-2012, 11:23am
More importantly, who built the case?

Goodin
Jan-09-2012, 12:39pm
More importantly, who built the case?

I was JUST thinking that! I would like to see the case.

Kip Carter
Jan-09-2012, 12:44pm
Here ya go..got a picture of it!
Kip...
http://www.westernwarehouseequipment.com/wwepics/freight%20container.jpg

Goodin
Jan-09-2012, 4:58pm
Here ya go..got a picture of it!
Kip...
http://www.westernwarehouseequipment.com/wwepics/freight%20container.jpg

eh, it only has four latches. Seems kind of cheap ;)

mandroid
Jan-09-2012, 5:54pm
Putting a magnetic pickup Under the fingerboard, Hmmm , My Pentaula 5 string
has more frets than I can ever use .. 29..
an in neck neck pickup does seem interesting.

mrmando
Jan-09-2012, 6:07pm
Hmmm , My Pentaula 5 string has more frets than I can ever use .. 29..
I dunno Bob, maybe you can hang your laundry on the high ones.

AlexBarnett
Jan-13-2012, 3:28pm
For anyone interested:

http://www.facebook.com/AndyMansonCustomGuitars

He has decided to remake the triple neck guitar using what he knows now about guitar building vs 36 years ago! Very interesting :) May be up for sale in the end, who knows! I'd expect around 6,000-7,000 pounds (roughly $10,000). Not entirely sure though, I know his acoustics go for around 3,500-4,500 pounds

Richard.g.hampton
Jan-24-2012, 2:00pm
That information from emando.com is out of date. Andy Manson, who made the triple-neck, moved from there quite a while ago, and the workshop at Easterbrook is now the workshop of Brook Guitars. The guys who run Brook used to work for Andy, and they make very fine guitars.

Andy Manson - who makes extremely fine guitars, mandolins and other fretted instruments - is now based in Crediton in Devon, a short distance north of his former workshop. Here's a link to his website which includes up to date contact details:

http://www.andymanson.co.uk/home.html

Fliss (fan of both Manson and Brook instruments!)


My wife surprised me by giving me a Manson mandolin for our recent wedding anniversary.......see below

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Ed Goist
Jan-24-2012, 3:20pm
Richard; what a beautiful mandolin, and what a wonderful gift from your wife!
You are a fortunate man.
Congratulations!

Kip Carter
Jan-24-2012, 3:27pm
I really like the earthy look of it! Can you put a tight shot of that head and the tail piece? Both look interesting!
Kip...

Richard.g.hampton
Jan-24-2012, 3:35pm
Richard; what a beautiful mandolin, and what a wonderful gift from your wife!
You are a fortunate man.
Congratulations!

Cheers Ed - Yes....I was "gob-smacked, as the expression goes over here...and it sounds as good as it looks

Richard

Richard.g.hampton
Jan-24-2012, 3:36pm
I really like the earthy look of it! Can you put a tight shot of that head and the tail piece? Both look interesting!
Kip...

Hi Kip - my daughter took the photos - she's a professional photographer - and I'm sure she took one of the headstock. I'll get hold of a copy and post it.

Richard

John Kinn
Jan-24-2012, 6:42pm
I wonder how long it takes him to change strings?

He probably doesn't know, but maybe his guitar tech could answer that question?
Come to think of it, I'd like to have one myself.:grin:

Paul Statman
Jan-24-2012, 6:52pm
My wife surprised me by giving me a Manson mandolin for our recent wedding anniversary..

Heyup, Richard - well, it looks like you got a keeper there, lad! You should hand on to that mando, too.

Richard.g.hampton
Jan-25-2012, 3:41am
Heyup, Richard - well, it looks like you got a keeper there, lad! You should hand on to that mando, too.

That comment made my day!!!!

Marc Woodward
Jan-25-2012, 7:41am
It'll be fascinating watching how this new triple neck progresses...

Congratulations Richard - its a beautiful instrument!
I looked at it myself when it was in Hugh's shop and know what an incredibly generous wife you have!! I think this mando previously belonged to Martin Barre of Jethro Tull?

My own Andy Manson instrument is here:814408144181442
And here's how it sounds!:
http://youtu.be/_H2CwsAcI3I
(sorry about the singing...;))

I started a little group for owners of Andy's mandos to post pics and comments on mandolincafe - look under groups and maybe post some pics of your mando there?
Cheers,
Marc

http://www.myspace.com/marcwoodward

almeriastrings
Jan-27-2012, 2:15am
Richard; what a beautiful mandolin, and what a wonderful gift from your wife!
You are a fortunate man.


And then some. That is a MAS-inducer if there ever was one. Andy Manson seems to source the most unbelievable woods... and he certainly knows how to use them! I've encountered a number of his instruments over the years, and he really is at the top of his game. Just superb.