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:
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 randywoodguitars.com .
Y'all pick purty--