Errington
Errington 8-string, dark brown. $750.
Made in the UK (Richmond, Yorkshire to be precise) by the late Nigel Stockbridge, Errington mandolins are the workhorse of the British pub rock and folk rock scene. Dozens of bands have used them, including Deacon Blue, Magna Carta, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, and the Whisky Priests. The single-cutaway body shape is reminiscent of the "tulip" design by Chris Eccleshall, another late British luthier, but the Errington is a simpler, sturdier, more working-class instrument. With its solid mahogany body, maple neck and fretboard, standard mandolin scale length, string-through design, hot Fender-style pickup, and single volume control (who cares about adjusting the tone in a noisy pub?), it's crafted for the rigors of the road.
     While it's not hard to find an Errington in the UK, this is the first one I have seen in the States, and it should appeal to Anglophiles and nonconformists alike. Minor nicks and scratches, but ready to help a new owner play loud and look good while doing it. My luthier has replaced the volume pot and installed a string tree on the headstock to help it stay in tune. Standard gig bag included, or upgrade to a custom gig bag or hardshell case. See more photos, call 425/772-0231, or for more information. $750 plus shipping.