Weber Gallatin Carved Top Mandocello (2003)

Weber  Gallatin Carved Top Mandocello (2003)
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Weber Gallatin Model Carved Top Mandocello (2003), Belgrade, Montana.

This unadorned-but-elegant Gallatin mandocello from Weber is now sadly a discontinued item. The Gallatin was Weber's "full quality but no frills" mando line, with the elaborate carved top and back of the higher-end models but a plain satin finish and no binding. Weber was one of the very few makers building mandocellos to the "non-guitar" design over the last 80 or so years.

The body is similar to the 100-year-old Gibson K-4, but with an F-hole top and more open scroll. The spruce top is quite thin, with parallel braces; Gibson never made a similar instrument so this is a fairly unique design. This Gallatin is an older model, nearly 20 years on with a somewhat different headstock design and bridge than more recent examples. These were not made in large numbers (how many mandocello players are in the market at any given time?) and do not turn up that often. This may not be the fanciest recent mandocello we have had but is just about the best sounding, with a big open voice that is tight but retains more warmth than many.
Overall length is 40 1/2 in. (102.9 cm.), 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm.) across at the widest point, and 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 9/16 in. (40 mm.).

This nearly 20-year-old Mandocello has some very minor wear but does not appear heavily played. The very thin satin finish has worn down just a bit on the back of the neck but the instrument is almost completely free of the typical dings, dents, scratches and pick marks. This is a very good playing and sounding instrument, just about our favorite of the NOT 100 year old mandocellos we have handled! It is complete in the original grey Tolex HSC with some original paperwork. Excellent Condition.