One New Mandolin

Red Henry

Red Henry

Folks, a new Randy Wood mandolin arrived here last Friday, fresh from eBay. I say "new," but it's actually got some age on it, having been made in October of 2000. It’s just old enough for the lacquer finish to have dried out and the sound to come in, and it really sounds good.

Randy Wood, who lives near Savannah, Georgia, really knows how to build a mandolin. After a few adjustments and (naturally) a maple bridge, this instrument sounds great. It's got plenty of clarity and projection, which most quality mandolins do have, but this one also has an unusually good low end with plenty of solid bass. It also plays very easily, having been set up with an ovaled fingerboard, scooped fretboard extension, and medium frets:

Randy Wood Mandolin #

The new(-ish) Randy Wood

Now, you might ask, did I really need another mandolin? Well, the answer is yes and no. I do have a couple of other mandolins, but there are times when, because of the weather and because they’re pretty old and delicate, I'd rather leave them in the house. Now when it's hot or cold and we have to play outside, I've got an excellent standby instrument to use. And it has a Mighty Fine sound!

Next time you need a good mandolin, just call Randy and see what he has in stock. He usually has on hand two or three of the mandolins he's made, and they're all for sale. They do cost something, but a Randy Wood mandolin is a lifetime instrument. Look Randy up at .

Y'all pick purty--


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About Red Henry

Began playing mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and banjo in 1967-69. I married Murphy in 1974. We led the Red & Murphy bluegrass band, playing professionally, from 1975-87. Since then I've handled the technical side of Murphy Method cassette, videotape, and DVD production. When you call I usually answer the phone, and I'm normally the one who sends out the orders.

3 thoughts on “One New Mandolin

  1. Steve (in Japan)

    Red, your word sounds good too. I checked out the Randy Wood website and the first image I saw was that of Doc Watson. Thanks for the info and now we, here in my family, have something to aim for. The captions say that Randy even crafted a guitar for Elvis Presely.

  2. Dave

    I’m the original owner of your new RW mandolin. I have the calton case that I bought with it back in 2000 for sale and other info about it if your interested? Asking $500 for the case

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