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April 7, 2014 | Girourard mandolin family instruments

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We had the privilege of a hands-on experience with a Girouard A-body instrument voiced particularly for playing jazz, a year ago. The larger, modern frets are easy to chord, modified V neck is easy to grip and the unique red varnish stain is as easy on the eyes. We were particularly fond of the burst and the no-bind aesthetic. It has an enigmatic impact of both classic and contemporary feel.

We ended up keeping it.

Max & Lauri's A-body mandolins start around $2195 (2014 pricing), which is a bargain for a high profile domestic builder with international clientele. Mandolas start at $2500, and they've recently branched out into Octave mandolins, traditional and guitar body.

Check the website for the latest pricing.

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Instrument Specs:
Red Spruce Top
Red Maple back,sides and neck (one piece back)
Modified top graduation for jazz
Truss rod
1 1/8" nut
V shaped neck
K & K twin internal pickup
Modern red stain
Varnish finish
Travel lite case
The retail on this one is $2395 ($2195 with pickup of $200)

Builder contact: Girouard Mandolins
115 Spring St
Contoocook, NH 03229
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Posted by Ted at April 7, 2014 10:38 AM

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