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July 14, 2014 | Jonathan Mann--2012 Mel Bay Interview

We posted this Mel Bay feature interview from Tennessee builder and long time JazzMando site supporter Jonathan Mann two years ago, including a tour of some of his unique mandolin styles, and some hot licks you'll be able to put in your own chop library.

We already knew about his electric signature "neck through" (for sustain) 4-, 5-, and 8-string mandolins, and breatkthrough baritone/octaves, but in a previous life, Jon was a professional songwriter before his journey in crafting his internationally sought instruments. From the video and his library of YouTube demonstrations, it's obvious he's an accomplished picker, too.

Video link: Jonathan Mann Interview

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