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    I've posted a few pictures of the new AX in the white, but wanted to give the full rundown now that it is completed and headed out into the world.

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    As I mentioned previously, I was looking at the back of the FX, which is longer and sleeker than a traditional F-style, and realized I would love to see that same body shape as an A-style. Here's the FX view which got the idea rolling --

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    At the same time, I've always been bugged that many new A-style mandolins seem to get short-changed in details or finishing (compared to their more scroll-ey counterparts). So, I decided that if I was going to build an A-style, it needed to have all the traits that I find important in the other instruments that I'm building --

    • Top quality tone woods. In this case, a one-piece Englemann top and a one-piece curly Red Maple back and sides, and a hard maple neck. Mahogany internal blocking and kerfing.
    • Hand graduated top, back and tonebars. F-holes designed specifically for the body style and which are hand-rounded on the inside edges.
    • A hand-rubbed plus spray-detailed sunburst.
    • Traditional old school Oil Varnish and Shellac French Polish finish.
    • Fully bound.
    • Radiused, bound fingerboard with Gold EVO frets; Bone or MOP nut. 2-way Adjustable truss rod.
    • Detailed inlay for the headstock.
    • Quality hardware - Allen or James tailpiece; High-end bridge; Schaller, Grover or Rubner tuners; Ebony, bound pickguard.


    So, here's how it all came together in the prototype --

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    This instrument is now heading over to Raleigh for IBMA 2015. I'm really looking forward to hearing how it works for players. Hopefully there will be some opportunities to get some good feedback, video and sound to add to the discussion!

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    You evil man!

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    That is stunning!

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    looks like a mandolin Superman would have in his room, for relaxing after a hard day.

    awesome looks, love the headstock shape and the design(straight pull of all strings).

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    Beautiful!

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    Steve, that is a killer looking A model for sure! Scroll-ey things look out! The burst is perfect and I love that one piece back!

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    This instrument is now heading over to Raleigh for IBMA 2015

    Yay!

    and I hope to get my clumsy hands on it there!

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    What Shaun, Tavy and Skip said!

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    Beautiful design and build Steve!

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    That's a pretty sensational looking instrument Steve. Even if you couldn't string 2 notes together,i reckon you'd still get an audience of admirers. I really do love 'different' if it's done with taste, & that fits the bill in every category !!!,
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    Thanks for the nice feedback, guys! It was a delight to build and I'm looking forward to making more.

    What really matters is how it plays, so it will be great fun to watch how it works for all the pickers, young and old, at IBMA.

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    The picture of the back takes care of my computer wallpaper for the next few months...

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    Ha! Headstock shot is my desktop wallpaper . . . for now.

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    Beautiful! I love the contrasting wood binding.
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    Beautiful instrument!!
    Are there any stores in Los Angeles that carry them, or happen to have one that you know of?
    I would love to try out a Sorenson.

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    CW,
    My shop, home and I are all in Santa Clarita! Come on up and pick ! ! !
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    Wow. Look forward to seeing you this coming weekend!
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    Getting to hear some amazing players check out the AX prototype at IBMA 2015 . . . including this mystery player who slips effortlessly from Monroe style to crosspicking to swing to jazz to classical.

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    This is amazing.
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    The consistent feedback about this AX has been, "Even response across the strings, really sweet tone, but still powerful 'pop'. Really easy to play up the neck."

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    We had some fairly good pickers drop by to check out the AX today. . . including this funky newgrass guy.

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    IBMA (I Been Mostly Awake) Steve, I hope you can get some sleep! It's a looonnng haul to Sunday evening/ Monday morning.

    It sounds like you hit this one out of the park! Good on ya!

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    Wow. Sam Bush! Nice!! I bet he sounded awesome on that mandolin.

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    I played Steve's AX yesterday and it's a hoss! Big thump when you chop, great bell like treble and plays like butter! It's everything a mandolin should be! Nice job Steve!

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    That's a really nice design, Steve. The hits just keep on coming! I like it all, but I particularly love that headstock inlay. Just beautiful!
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