I'm not sure whether Florida luthier John MixSon
is still in the game, but when he was, he produced some interesting,
idiosyncratic designs under the Mandolier brand.
Here's an example of his
"Mantua" 4-string solid body electric mandolin, completed in spring 1994.
The serial number is MSM0494004. The body, made
of Eastern hard maple, reminds me of a Brazilian bandolim, but it features
neck-through construction. The
clear lacquer finish has darkened slightly with age and is lightly crazed.
The neck is reinforced with steel. Ebony fretboard with mother-of-pearl inlays,
14.375" scale (slightly longer than standard). The graphite nut measures 1
9/32", and the neck
is slightly wider than you'll find on the average 4-string mandolin, making string bending a breeze.
Gold Gotoh 16:1 tuning machines;
solid brass bridge and string anchors.
Alembic active mandolin pickup system (requires 9V battery).
Gig bag included.
for more information. $750 plus shipping.