A Good Place to Buy a Mandolin

Red Henry

Red Henry

Folks, I thought I should talk a little about the man who made both of my mandolins: Randy Wood, who lives near Savannah, Georgia. Randy's been making instruments for a really long time, and he's amazingly good at it. Back in 1967 he made his first mandolin. I bought it from the original owner four years later, and have played it ever since. It's got a terrific bluegrass tone and as much volume as anybody ever needed:

(Photos by master bluegrass photographer Dan Loftin)

Randy Wood's very first mandolin.

Randy Wood's very first mandolin.

I also have the honor to own another of Randy's early mandolins. This one is Randy Wood #3, which Randy finished in 1969 and sold to Bill Monroe. Murphy bought it out of Bill's estate sale in 2001 and gave it to me! This mandolin has a powerful, projecting tone which will cut through even the biggest jam or the most difficult jam on-state settings, and it's the one I usually take out to play:

Randy Wood mandolin #3

Randy Wood mandolin #3

These are two amazing mandolins, and they show that when he first started making mandolins, Randy already knew how to make the best. Visit his webpage at randywoodguitars.com and admire some of his current offerings! (There's a mighty good "custom prototype" mandolin listed right there on his front page!)