Mandolin Brothers TV

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

RainSong P12R Parlor Review from Acoustic Guitar

The small size of the Parlor belies its full and rich sound. A sound that Is characteristic of all RainSongs. Key to the big Parlor sound is the combination of a unidirectional carbon soundboard and hybrid body construction. The P12 features the 12-fret, short-scale NS neck.

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Marc Horowitz playing our 1930 Gibson RB-1 Flat-head.

For the banjoist of somewhat advanced years or those with back trouble, the absence of a cast bronze tone ring will be a blessing.  This is one of the finest flathead non-mastertone prewar Gibson banjos we have ever seen  – and sounds like church bells ringing from 2 dozen churches in a small town in Italy, on a sunny Sunday morning.   This is the banjo of your dreams.

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McPherson Guitars "Manhattan" 4.0 XP Brazilian/Adriondack - Mandolin Brothers by

"The fit and finish of a McPherson guitar is unsurpassed. It does not look, feel, play, or sound quite like any other guitar. But this Manhattan Skyline model is exceptional even by the standards set at McPherson.

The late Stan Jay was known for his preference for traditional fretted instruments. But he absolutely loved McPherson’s guitars, above and beyond any other modern innovator of progressive luthiery, and he proudly bought a fine example for his very own. Stan ordered this Manhattan Skyline guitar to sell, among many other McPhersons. But he did not live to see it completed."  - T. Spoon Phillips at One Man's Guitar 

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Bourgeois (used, 2013) OM-150 Acoustic Guitar

One of the most beautiful guitars in our (or anybody else's) entire inventory, this one is made from:  Eastern red Adirondack spruce top, premium Brazilian rosewood back and sides, abalone rosette, ivoroid body binding, black/white/black top border with back and side purfling, multicolor herringbone back strip, square head with diamond head shape, Brazilian rosewood head veneer, Bourgeois logo head inlay, three layer ivoroid head binding, 14-fret ebony fretboard, 1 3/4" nut width, tortoise pickguard, rectangular pyramid bridge, Waverly gold plated tuners.

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Collings C10 Deluxe Custom Video Review - One Man's Guitar

Part of the Stan Jay collection at Mandolin Brothers, this special Collings C10 with mahogany back and sides was ordered in a unique color scheme to match Stan's 1955 Cadillac All music composed and performed by T.S. Phillips and used with permission, except "For A'That," a 17th Century Scottish folk tune in the public domain. This video is the companion to the written review at:

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Spoon Phillips - Morning Star O'er Staffordshire

Watch in HD 1080p for best sound and picture. Photos set to music, taken in Staffs, Derbyshire, and the Peak District, during visits to the Midlands starting in 2006, the same year I composed the earliest draft of this tune, which I now call "Morning Star O'er Staffordshire." Performed on a 1931 Martin OM-28 and recorded at Mandolin Brothers, Staten Island, NY

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Martin Custom CEO 7 Cocobolo Mandolin Brothers Exclusive - Review from One Man's Guitar

A unique take on the popular CEO-7 available at Mandolin Brothers, Outrageous cocobolo with a high grade spruce top, and fusion retro/modern appointments, on a slope-shoulder 14-fret 00. Wonderfully balanced and versatile. All music composed and performed by T.S. Phillips and used with permission, except "For A'That," a 17th Century Scottish folk tune in the public domain. This video is a supplement to the CEO-7 written review at

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