Rono baritone Sierra Hull
Rono 5-string solidbody "Deluxe Workingman" baritone by Ron Oates. ~$3,000. is one of the few places you can purchase a Rono solidbody electric 5-string baritone mandolin for GDAEB tuning by Ron Oates of Boulder, Colorado. Specs may vary for instrument to instrument, but typically this single-cutaway instrument has a 2-piece solid alder body and a 3-piece curly maple neck with a 2-way truss rod. The fretboard and headstock are Indian rosewood. Two Mandobucker pickups, volume and tone controls, and a 3-way selector switch. Fully adjustable bridge, strings through the body. American-made chrome metal controls and switch, Gotoh 16:1 tuners. Pearl dots on the fretboard and medium-size guitar frets. 19" scale length. Rono's recommended string gauges are .050/.038/.028/.018/.011. Gig bag included.
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     Of late, three-time IBMA Mandolinist of the Year Sierra Hull has been playing her Rono baritone on the road and in the studio. It’s featured on the single "Escape" from her 2020 album 25 Trips (see below). This is your chance to be like Sierra. There aren’t many choices out there for players wanting to jump on the baritone bandwagon, but here’s a rare opportunity to own one from the pioneer who popularized the concept in our times.