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  1. Mandolin Mondays #168 w/ Special Guest Jefferson Louvat

    Belgium mandolin master Jefferson Louvat stops by Mandolin Mondays this week to play this gorgeous original tune on his custom lefty Northfield mandolin.



    Brussels resident, Jefferson has traveled to perform at many legendary rooms and events including the Grand Ole Opry, The Station Inn, the IBMA as well as various festivals throughout the U.S. and most of Europe. In 2010 he signed with prestigious German record label, Acoustic ...
  2. Shipping Your Repair

    These days shipping can be a big expense. We've noticed Montana Lutherie's UPS costs often are quite a bit cheaper than individual shipping costs.
    We can email you the UPS shipping tag to tape on your box, and you can just drop it off at the local UPS center. Then, the expense will just be tacked on your repair cost.

    Be sure to ask us about this service, when getting your repair ready!

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  3. Mandolin Mondays #167 w/ Special Guest Jimmy Gaudreau

    We have a very special guest this week on Mandolin Mondays--the renowned Jimmy Gaudreau brings us an original tune performed on his Rose A Model Mandolin that was formerly owned by the late Orrin Star.



    This month marks the 50th anniversary of Jimmy's professional career in music. In March 1969, he was a virtually unknown player when he moved to the DC area from his Rhode Island home to join The Country Gentlemen after the ...
  4. 1 finger 2 frets 4 strings

    A common thing I’ve heard for mandolin is to use the “one finger two frets” rule, where each finger is responsible for two frets.

    If each finger is responsible for 2 frets, then any 2 fingers have 4 possible positions.

    It looks something like this:

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    The first combo (adjacent frets) is a ˝ step or Minor 2nd.

    The second and fourth combos are a whole step or Major 2nd

    The ...
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  5. Mandolin Mondays #166 w/ Special Guest Eva Holbrook

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're graced with a tune from the impeccable Eva Holbrook of Shel and Lady Moon. She can really make that Weber Beartooth sing!



    Originally from Ft. Collins, CO, Eva has been playing music from a young age. She and her 3 sisters formed the genre-bending acoustic band SHEL that over the years has been met with a cult following and critical acclaim. Check out their most recent ...

    Updated Mar-04-2019 at 8:02am by Mandolin Cafe

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  6. My Mando

    Just purchased my first Randy Wood #2898 F5...gorgeous sound...love it!
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  7. Mandolin Mondays #165 w/ Special Guest Eli Slocumb

    Young Colorado mandolin phenom Eli Slocumb plays this standard fiddle tune like you've never heard it before on his 2012 San Juan mandolin built by Bobby Wintringham.



    Originally from Fort Collins, CO, Eli recently moved to Boston, MA, to study mandolin in the Roots Music Program at the Berklee College of Music. His debut self-titled album is a great listen, featuring a lineup of other amazing Colorado ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #164 w/ Special Guest Troy Boone

    Sideline mandolinist Troy Boone joins us on Mandolin Mondays for a tasty version of "Old Dangerfield" played on his beautiful Prucha mandolin.



    Erwin, TN, native and ETSU trained Troy Boone is a force to be reckoned with. In 2015 Troy recorded his premier record entitled First Impressions featuring some hot picking and fresh compositions. Check it out here: https://troyboone.bandcamp.com/releases

    After ...
  9. Nash the Slash, anybody?

    I discovered Canadian Prog Rock band "FM" the other day, and have been somewhat obsessively researching EVERYTHING released by their former electric mandolinist, Nash the Slash.
    He's just so weird that I wanna be like him when I grow up.
    Wearing full-head bandages almost every show, though, is a level of commitment I don't know that I have...



    I'd love to figure out who made his mandolins, though. I've ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays #163 w/ Special Guest Ray Legere

    New Brunswick mandolin extraordinaire Ray Legere is on Mandolin Mondays this week with an exciting original tune played on his 1986 Nugget A style mandolin.



    Ray is one of Canada's hidden treasures of the acoustic music scene. Over the years, he has played with many of the great North American bluegrass players, including legends like Tony Rice, David Grisman, and Doc Watson. He even filled in for Bill ...
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