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Mike Vanden Mandolins - Artistry

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Artistry 15” built for a customer in Perth, Australia in 2014.

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Style 1 headstock. Timbers are European spruce front, with European figured maple back, sides, and neck. Ivoroid binding, WBWB purfling. X braced. The body depth was increased from the standard 70mm to 76mm. Custom dual pickup system. The magnetic pickup is voiced for bronze strings, with a DPA 4061 omni microphone fitted beneath the pickguard near fret 20. Blend, master volume, and magnetic active tone control are mounted underneath the pickguard, together with two preamps, and two CR2032 lithium cells. Strings are Elixir 80/20 Bronze Polyweb Light 12-53. I’m a fan of Polyweb strings for archtop guitar. Lovely warm acoustic tone, and they amplify really well with a suitably balanced magnetic pickup. This Artistry has a beautiful, rich and detailed acoustic voice. The extra body depth enhances the bass without becoming unwieldy. Plugged in, the magnetic sounds anywhere from warm and plummy to detailed and contemporary depending on how you set the tone control. Mix in the DPA, and it sounds more like a nicely miked flat top.

 
     
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Maya 16.5” built for a customer in Germany, 2014

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Style 1 headstock. Timbers are cedar front, with back,sides, and neck all from the same log of deep figured Scottish sycamore. Ivoroid binding with black dyed maple purfling. Ebony headstock veneer, fingerboard,pickguard, bridge, and tailpiece. The tailpiece, pickguard, and headstock, are inlaid with maple lines. Asymmetrical X bracing. The figured sycamore is colour matched to the cedar front. Pickup is the updated Mimesis HB passive for nickel strings, with tone and volume edge wheel controls mounted under the pickguard. I find that cedar, graduated accordingly, works really well for archtop guitars. This example has a deep open sound, with lots of detail in the mid and higher frequencies. Very even, warm, amplified tone.

 
     

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