Reinhardt
Reinhardt acoustic/electric mandola. $2,500.
I acquired this mandola as a kit from the builder, Mike Reinhardt, right after he stopped building more than a decade ago. I got some help from various other luthiers (Ron Smith, Jon Bentley, Gary Wagner) in assembling it. I have to say it turned out well.
     ES-335-style double cutaway archtop body. Spruce top with F-holes, honeyburst finish. Birdseye maple back, figured maple neck. Rosewood headplate, bridge, and fretboard with 16-inch scale. Gold hardware includes F-style tuners, strap button and an old Randy Wood tailpiece. There's an internal pickup with an endpin jack.
     The large body pushes a lot of air, giving this beast exceptional tone and projection. It really does sound fantastic, thanks to Mr. Bentley's carving work on the top and back plates. I can confidently say there isn't another one quite like it anywhere. See more photos, or for more information. Gig bag included. $2,500 plus shipping. 48-hour approval period.