Pete Langdell (Rigel)
Rigel became one of the most respected names in the mandolin world in a few short years. The radical design, ease of playing, and novel construction techniques of these instruments caught the attention of several prominent players, including bluegrass great Jimmy Gaudreau; jazz/swing maven Paul Glasse; and Leftover Salmon's Drew Emmitt. The acoustic/electric G110, CT110, R100, G5, Jethro, and A-Plus Deluxe have a very aggressive, versatile acoustic sound, and each includes an onboard custom transducer. The electric-only E110, available only by special order, is semi-hollow and features a kickin' magnetic EMG pickup.
Rigel grew tremendously during its first decade, and was making hundreds of instruments per year, but the growth wasn't sustainable. It ceased operating as a corporation in summer 2006, and is back to being a one-man shop run by Pete Langdell of Vermont, the designer of the instruments you see here.