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Over the years we’ve encountered many four and six string guitars, tenor and 5 string banjos, and a number of mandolins.However Mandolas and Mandocellos are quite rare, and this example is the only of its kind that we’ve as yet discovered.The instrument features a long 18.25” scale, arched spruce top and mahogany back.It’s entirely original but for newer Schaller tuning machines and is well set-up.Neck and frets are in good shape, body is crack free and well arched.With a tone somewhere in between a carved and a flat-top instrument this Kay Kraft Mandola offers something pleasantly unique. Pennsylvania-based Weymann & Son were a smaller-scale manufacturer of fretted instruments operative between 1864 and WWI.Gallery Sections: Martin Gibson Other Acoustic Guitars Resonators Mandolins & Banjos Archtop Guitars Classical Guitars Electric Guitars Amplifiers Miscellaneous Lefty Instruments Repaired Instruments No Serial Number.Built by Stromberg-Voisinet in the late 1930’s, the Kay Kraft line included guitars, mandolins, and banjos.

The Mandolutes were popular in their day, and are the most oft-encountered Weymann-branded instruments today.Not a bluegrass instrument, the Mandolute is well suited for Celtic or Classic music, or solo work.This example is in excellent shape and completely original.Apart from the very plain Model 20, all Mandolutes feature steam-bent tops and backs, fiddle-edge sides, and ornate hand-engraved front-side tuning machines.These instruments are larger bodied than a Gibson, L&H, or Martin mandolin, and as such have more bass response than you’d generally expect.

The Mandolutes were popular in their day, and are the most oft-encountered Weymann-branded instruments today.

Not a bluegrass instrument, the Mandolute is well suited for Celtic or Classic music, or solo work.

This example is in excellent shape and completely original.

Apart from the very plain Model 20, all Mandolutes feature steam-bent tops and backs, fiddle-edge sides, and ornate hand-engraved front-side tuning machines.

These instruments are larger bodied than a Gibson, L&H, or Martin mandolin, and as such have more bass response than you’d generally expect.

It has the crack that all Waymann ML’s get on the bass side of the upper bout, but is otherwise without issue. Slightly excessive bow in the neck results in slightly high action, bit the instrument is quite playable regardless.

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