View Full Version : Dale Ludewig 'Emory Lester' Model A

Ted Eschliman
Dec-16-2004, 8:59am
I’ve had one of the new Emory Lester Model As on loan from master luthier Dale Ludewig for a review on my website. I thought I’d share some of the pics here.
No financial interest; I just love a good, progressive builder…


Ted Eschliman
Dec-16-2004, 9:00am
Bold, symmetrical statement with his design. This is cutting edge in form and shape alone:


Note the mixture of A & F style machines.

Ted Eschliman
Dec-16-2004, 9:01am
Did I mention ebony pegs?


Ted Eschliman
Dec-16-2004, 9:02am
A closer look at the headstock. The way the tortoise shell binding "lurks" here is quite compelling:


Ted Eschliman
Dec-16-2004, 9:03am
This is what really knocks me out, his bold statement with the binding on the body. What an incredible combination, going from a “Darth Vader” black to the honey brown back & sides.


Ted Eschliman
Dec-16-2004, 9:04am
Bird’s Eye Maple back with a delicious ‘burst:


Ted Eschliman
Dec-16-2004, 9:05am
I have more thoughts about in on my website (http://members.aol.com/mandohack/Ludewig.html). Suffice it to say, this is a very progressive instrument. Tone somewhere in between an Oval and an F-hole instrument, the exaggerated F holes yield a very big, warm sound, without losing the “snap” one needs to articulate the sound.
Highly recommended; beat the curve and take advantage of this man’s work before the rest of the world finds out about him!

Darryl Wolfe
Dec-16-2004, 9:06am
Very very cool...I thing A models drifting in this direction are wave of the future

Dec-16-2004, 12:20pm
Yes, definately cool, but the scroll really looks odd on this one


I recall seeing one of these mandos with a soundhole on the top side of the instrument. I believe the objective was to give the player more of a sense of what the sound was like.

Dec-16-2004, 6:05pm
If you are seeing a scroll at all then you have better vision than most of us!

Tom C
Dec-17-2004, 7:56am
I remember reading somewhere that the only metal used were the tuners and frets. Is that so?

Dale Ludewig
Dec-17-2004, 9:37am
Hi Tom. I don't know where you read that but that's not so. All the hardware is normal, basically. It's an Allen tailpiece. Grover tuners that I disassemble and have plated black, as with the tailpiece and the thumbscrews on the bridge. The nut is black corian. Frets are metal too. <g> I wish I could find black fret wire.............
I did put black Black Diamond strings on mine for awhile. That was quite the look. It really made me want black frets.