Saturday, January 14, 2012
The Beardsell 5A mandolin combines elements of traditional archtop mandolins with the contemporary aesthetic and sonic design elements that this maker has been honing for the past 15 years. The result is a big sounding instrument that appeals to both traditionalists and unconventional players. The 5A is available with oval hole and side ports or edge ported J-holes. The oval hole expands on the traditional "A-sound" with the addtion of three small sideports. The edge ports butt up to the rim of the instrument to achieve the maximum active area between the openings for the bridge to act on. The top is supported by an off-set hybrid X bracing or the more traditional parallel tone bars.
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