Mandolin Brothers TV

In which Stan & co. discuss & demonstrate some of our most illustrious & intriguing instruments.


Gibson (used, 1910) F2 Blackface Three Point Mandolin

The mandolin is being played by Pete Becker.

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Gibson (used, 1953) L-50 Acoustic Archtop

This rather nice, well preserved, guitar  was made during the heyday of dedication to a high ideal and creativity that occurred in the 1950s, one of the finer periods of American fretted instrument history.   It plays easily and sounds incredible.  *NOW ON HOLD*

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Mandolin Brothers:1970 Del Pilar Classical guitar

Guillermo Del Pilar owned and operated a guitar shop in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, NY for many decades.   Unfortunately, there is no biographical information about the man in Wikipedia, or, that I could find, on the internet.   In the New York Metropolitan area, however, he had a great reputation for making workmanlike guitars of high quality.  This WAS $3299 BUT NOW ON SALE FOR: 

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Taylor K26ce at Mandolin Brothers

Hawaiian koa’s captivating beauty is matched by a tone that blossoms over time, especially in the midrange. Its voice is bright and focused, with warm overtones that slowly emerge, adding sweetness and depth. Premium all-wood appointments, led by the Island Vine fretboard inlay, celebrate the wood’s natural appeal.  TAYLOR RETAIL PRICE $5658

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Goodall (used, 2002) Koa Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar

The interesting thing is that if you were to price this guitar today the amount you’d pay for it would be astronomical (like Hale-Bopp – also known as C/1995 O1, but without the tail).  In actuality it would list for something like $9,550 (wow).   This one, however, is previously owned and so you, clearly, reap the benefits.      Even though this guitar was made almost entirely from the fruits of the Hawaiian leeward forests, its sound is buoyant and boisterous, robust and resonant.   In terms of sonic superiority it’s right up there with Dolby® Stereo.    You are going to love this instrument.

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Martin D-41A MB Custom 2012

This guitar sets the mood for the evening (or the weekend, or your lifetime) – lush, sensuous tone combines with enough volume that when one is playing it almost nobody in the room can hear themselves speak, or in some instances, even think.  It reaches a new level of what is possible in power and mellifluousness in a 6-string acoustic instrument.

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Martin (used, 1999) HD28LSV Adi Top Acoustic Electric

Made from 1997 to 2005, this model was based on the D-35 Tony Rice made famous.  It has a large soundhole (LSV=Large Soundhole Vintage) which allows for a more responsive and booming sound.  Fun Fact:  In May of 2000, Martin changed the top wood and bracing from Adirondack to Sitka; this guitar was made before that change and sports an Adi top.

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