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The Weber Build: Part 1.

By Michael Eck Your Weber mandolin starts in your heart. You’re inspired by the great sound of your favorite player; you’ve read rave reviews from fellow pickers on Mandolin Café; or, perhaps, you’ve stayed up late checking out specs and listening to samples on retailer websites like The Mandolin Store, Elderly Instruments and Carter Vintage Guitars. When it’s time—and you know when it’s time—you speak with your Weber dealer. Maybe you take...

Exclusive Artist Interview: Keb’ Mo’

By Michael Eck If any artist wanted to rest on his laurels, that could be Keb’ Mo.’ At 67, the California-bred bluesman has 14 albums, four Grammy Awards, 11 Blues Foundation Awards, six BMI Awards and numerous music related TV and film appearances. He’s been there and he’s done that. But resting, quite frankly, is just not in the cards for Keb,’ who last year recorded a duo album with old pal and fellow traveler Taj Mahal, followed by a national tour. The...

Exclusive Artist Interview: Gene Elders

Exclusive Artist Interview: Gene Elders

By Michael Eck Texas fiddle master Gene Elders doesn’t consider himself a mandolinist. “I almost hesitate to even call myself one,” he laughs, adding emphatically, “don't ask me to do anything fast.” But he plays three to four mandolin numbers at each gig, and seeing as those dates are with multi-platinum country music legend George Strait, we’re going to call Elders a mandolinist whether he agrees with the epithet or not. A Chicago native, Elders...

Weber celebrates new D’Addario Partnership with Yellowstone Mandolin F14-F Giveaway!

In January 2019, Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments will be celebrating a new mandolin string partnership with D'Addario by giving away one of the newly redesigned Yellowstone F14-F mandolins on the final day of the Winter NAMM Show. This opportunity to win a Yellowstone F14-F mandolin will be open to consumer and dealers alike from January 15th through the 27th, with a live drawing to take place at the Weber booth #2503 on January 27, 2019. A retail value of $4,999. So, put January 15th on...

New Hand-Rubbed Finishes for Gallatins and Bitterroots

By Michael Eck Dalton Bell is always thinking about your Weber mandolin. It would be easy enough for him to saunter into the finish booth, don his mask and spray away, but Bell, who in his rare spare time paints and draws, is an artist. He’s constantly examining the process of finishing Weber mandolins and finding new ways of perfecting tradition. Take Gallatins, for example. The humblest of the Weber line, they are remarkable music machines, and each luthier takes the same care...

Exclusive Interview: BJ Golden

By Michael Eck Living the dream. It’s such a cliché that it’s almost become a punch line. But for Houston native BJ Golden, it’s simply the truth. Golden was parked in Denver in 2013, playing in a quartet of local bands and giving guitar lessons, when he received a call from an old Nashville buddy, Corey Roberson, who had become country star Brantley Gilbert’s assistant tour manager. “Can you fly back for an audition?” Golden, who had first moved to...

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