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Exclusive Artist Interview: Keb’ Mo’

 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

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 actually began his...

A Closer Look at Mandolin Binding

By Michael Eck Binding. It defines a premium musical instrument, tracing its sumptuous curves, adding a chosen grace note of tortoise, ivoroid or classic black-and-white to define its form. But binding is there for more than beauty. Binding also protects, defending your Weber mandolin from the dings and chips and insults meted out onstage, at jams or even just while playing on the couch. Binding is also one of the primary elements that add cost to high-end music machines—the process is...

Enter to Win A Yellowstone F14-F Mandolin!

Weber is unveiling the new larger body Yellowstone Models in Nashville at Carter Vintage Guitars & Summer NAMM event. To Celebrate, we're partnering with Mandolin Cafe to give you the chance to win your very own Yellowstone F14-F! Entry for a chance to win the new Yellowstone F-14 being given away will commence from a link on the Mandolin Cafe web site at 9:00 a.m. Central, June 16! Starting in June, Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments will be celebrating the launch of the newly redesigned...

An Indepth Look at Weber Finishes

An Indepth Look at Weber Finishes

By Michael Eck The finish on your Weber mandolin speaks to everyone in the room—or the festival tent or the club or the concert hall—even before they hear the first note. It telegraphs quality. It signifies the instrument as an object of beauty, craftsmanship and virtuosity. You could hang it on the wall and call it art, if you could just convince yourself to stop taking it down to play it! Since day one, Weber mandolins, mandolas, octaves and mandocellos have been eye candy,...

Meet the Craftsmen: Ryan Fish

By Michael Eck Ryan Fish is the man who signs your new Weber mandolin. Look inside, there on the label, in a confident flourish, “inspected by Ryan Fish.” “I’m happy to sign our instruments,” Fish beams, joining a tradition sometimes spoken of in hushed tones. “I feel really good about it. I’m so confident in the job that everyone is doing here at Weber.” But Fish doesn’t start the day signing mandolins. Arriving at 6 a.m., he’ll be...

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