Weber (new) Bitterroot F-Style Mandolin

Tag No 32-3490 New

#13462210, in optional sunburst finish, with grained ivoroid top binding, carved Sitka spruce top and nicely figured maple back and sides, with gray Weber-logo hard shell case.

Every now and then an instrument arrives that is so off-the-charts in terms of physical beauty and superlative response that the first time we try it (with a flatpick secured in a prehensile manner) we look at one another say,  just like Mike LaFontaine did in A Mighty Wind “Wha’ Happen?”    This was ordered as a semi-custom mandolin in a deep vintage sunburst on top, sides, back and back of neck.   The woods on the back and the neck are nicely figured maple, the top is parallel-grained carved spruce.  The headstock is unexpected and striking with its striped Macassar ebony depicting in memorable contrast the emergence of a heartbreaking sunset as seen from a precipice overlooking the Grand Canyon at 6:45 PM on an early September afternoon in 1903.  

The entire piece is chilling and fulfilling – from the crème grained ivoroid top binding that borders all of the face including the convoluted ram’s horn large body scroll on the upper bass, to the crème bone nut that separates the diamond inlaid unbound ebony fingerboard from the matte finish ebony truss rod cover near the base of the headplate.  The stylized script pearl “Weber” headstock logo with the fancy Celtic knot inlaid there under; the high quality four-on-a-plate tuners with the white pearloid buttons, the raised “W” proprietary tailpiece in what looks like pewter elevated above the face at the bottom side; the two piece Brekke-designed traditional bridge, reinterpreted.   There’s a carat with a center indent at the foot of the cantilevered fingerboard; the neck is fully formed and comfortable with its 1 2/16th” nut width and modified V-shape grasping stalk, or whatever it is you call it.  It is, ultimately, the sound of this Florentine force field that ties one to the mast of melodic fluidity.  It sounds enthralling, just like mandolins that cost 250% of its extremely modest price.    

The Weber List Price is $3499.  Please phone or email for more information.


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Video Demos

Peter Fand is playing the Weber Bitterroot mandolin. Peter said that out of all the mandolins in our mandolin room, this was his favorite one. It produces the entire spectrum of sound from a mandolin – scintillating highs, thunderous lows and acoustically transparent mids. He’s a professional musician in Cirque du Soleil.

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