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August 10, 2011 | Austin Clark Redux

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It started with a review of one of his 2-point mandolins almost 5 years ago. We were on schedule for a shipment, when Boise Idaho builder Austin Clark wrote to inform the finish was not 100% up to his high standards, and he was looking at a total refinish, and another two month delay. We wanted his best shot, and that he would go the extra mile spoke volumes about the pride in his craftsmanship. On delivery, we were blown away by the final product, so much so that we commissioned our own signature model shortly after, the Clark JM, a delicious 2-point Cherry Cola-burst with block fret inlay, K&K Twin pickup, and signature JM headstock logo.

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We enjoyed interacting with the builder during the process, but the four years of actually owning and performing with the Clark JM has been a delight. It's been exciting to see his reputation (and his waiting list) grow.

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Read original review: Clark 2-point
Evolution of the Clark JM
Austin Clark's Pickup Journey

Incidentally, you can strut a picture of the signature Clark JM on your chest by picking up a JM11 shirt:

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Posted by Ted at August 10, 2011 5:24 AM


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