Here's a Rono of another kind: an acoustic/electric
"lump scroll" oval-hole mandolin by Ron Oats of Boulder, Colorado.
Hollow with flat spruce top and flame maple back with center marquetry
strip. Three-piece maple neck. Ebony fretboard and bridge with piezo
pickup. Used, with light scratches and pick wear on the transparent
pickguard. 15.5-inch scale, beefy neck, and nut width of 1 5/16 inches,
so it might be suitable for someone with larger hands who finds
Gibson-scale mandolins difficult to play. Strong clear voice, suitable
for Celtic, folk, or blues. It's a lot of fun to play and is pretty loud
acoustically as flattops go. I have it strung with Ultralights
(.034/.022/.013/.009) and because of the long scale I don't recommend
going any heavier.
The choice of String Cheese Incident's Michael Kang and
other jam-band players, Rono mandolins are known for jazzy tone and easy
playability. They're also notoriously hard to get, but here at least is
an answer for one lucky mandolinist. Protec "ProPac" semi-hardshell case included.
for more information. $1,500 plus shipping. 48-hour approval period.