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  1. Mando 118 Years Old

    Here's a nice (and interesting) letter we received from a repair.
    Mandos can sure get around:


    My Grandfather Peter E Anderson was listed on the 1900 census as living in an apartment in Kentucky with three other LDS missionaries. Before he left the mission field to come home, he bought his wife Clara a mandolin. My father gave the mandolin to Pamela when we were newlyweds because she was the only member of the extended family that owned and played a mandolin.
    Several ...
  2. Gibson History

    I was reading through a couple of articles/threads on Gibson Mandolin History and had the thought (revived- but I've been thinking somebody else would do it) of writing an article on the Gibson/Flatiron-Gibson/Mt Division years. I was there as a little cog in the wheel but still have contact with Steve, Dennis Balian and, of course, Bruce. Might be good timing as 'that' era seems to be coming to a close so-to-speak.

    It would take some time, and I have Rangers to build : ) and Steve ...
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  3. Custom Armrest

    I'm posting a couple of pics of an extra long armrest for a Gibson, I believe. The player picked his inlay design and it turned out great! However my photography skills (or lack of) didn't catch the pretty abalone colors all that well.
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  4. The Countdown is Over

    ...and the Mandolin Man is back!!

    He's been busy updating the shop, acquiring the best materials and, most importantly, perfecting design. There will be the B2 model line, and the customized (as only you and he can imagine together) "The Bruce" line of mandolin family instruments and arch top guitars.

    Watch the Montana Lutherie website for ongoing updates: price list, design and spec lists, new instruments for sale, and questions answered.

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  5. Cured Unwanted Ringing and Buzzing

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    Ludwick, Mandolinist of A2ZZ Band writes:
    Bruce did an amazing job on my harmonic suppressor! Not only did it cure unwanted ringing and buzzing, but totally added fashion to function by inlaying my signature in Abalone."

    Thanks, Z.Z.!!
  6. Have You Been Putting It Off?

    A Happy Player

    Thank you for the excellent work you did on my Beartooth. It's like a new mandolin: it's easier to play with the new frets and radiused fretboard. I was always happy with this mandolin now I'm even more so. Thanks again! SM

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    Updated Feb-16-2018 at 6:45pm by Mary Weber

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  7. Flatiron 1N Just Keeps Going

    Right now Bruce is reconditioning an 1988 Flatiron 1N and it should give many, more years of playing-Good Bones.

    Radiused the Fingerboard
    Refret
    Radiused Nut and Bridge Saddle
    Fix Seam Seperations on Back
    Cracked Top *not being refinished

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    I will be posting several used MAC Instruments in the Classifieds, and on our website, if you're interested.
  8. Shop Happenings

    Hope everyone had a great Christmas season. Like everyone, we got behind but recently we had visitors, I started working on Rangers, and new wood came in today!
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  9. The Exciting Life of a Luthier

    Waiting for glue to dry:

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    (he's working on a 1984 Flatiron: new tuners, nut, bridge and EVO fretwire)
  10. New Color and Finish

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    These three came in for various things but all also received new color and finish. They're not quite done, but sure are pretty. Good job, Ryan.

    We are re-modeling the shop area as it hasn't been done since 'the big change' and wanted to spruce up as we've been getting visitors and hope to see folks to plan their new instrument (or just visit) next year, too. What a mess! It's going to be great but I cannot believe how much was actually under ...

    Updated Nov-10-2017 at 2:57pm by Mary Weber

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