Number 196 is a Celtic style mandolin in dark curly maple and Engelmann spruce. Trim includes Mexican bocote bindings and striking veneers (goncalo alves) on head and pick guard. Neck is matching dark maple with center stripe.
The tone is warm and bright, not all mid-range like a Bluegrass instrument, and evenly balanced. Action is low and easy, and a slightly wider neck facilitates single-note melody play.
Like all my instruments, it features an adjustable bolt-on neck for maintainability, a "neck reset" is now a user operation. Neck and pick guard do not contact the top, allowing free vibration. Zero fret for super low action. Modern 2-way truss rod together with two carbon fiber bars in neck, slim rounded-V neck profile. X-bracing and oval sound hole. Internal carbon fiber brace from head to tail block. Side Port allows you to hear what you're doing. Comes with rectangular hard case.