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May 13, 2015 | Sorensen "FX Blade" mandolin

We've been infatuated with some of the design prowess of SoCal builder, Steve Sorensen, including the commissioning of our own signature Sorensen Sprite JM. His latest detour has been a new vision of the headstock on a glorious 2-point, aptly name the FX Blade:


His thoughts published in a recent Mandolin Cafe thread:

A fancy "strap holder" which was sleek and modern but maintained F body balance.
A built-in armrest as found on many new guitars designs.
"3-D binding" which highlighted the form of the instrument, protected the edges and didn't require bending plastic.
A headstock which was attractive, had F-style mass but was sleek and didn't get complicated with scroll work.
Comfortable tuning and easy neck adjustment. (The prototype has Alessi tuners and a two-way truss rod.)
Tone and playability in the "modern-bluegrass" mode with a powerful chop and clear, even response across the neck.
A James tailpiece modified to fit the style of the build.


Read more:
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Posted by Ted at May 13, 2015 5:58 AM

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