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Meet the Craftsmen: Mike Fischer

By Michael Eck Mike Fischer remembers the phone call well. It was a Minnesota February, the kind that cuts a chill right through to the bone. He was in his second year, studying Guitar Development & Production at the Red Wing campus of Minnesota State, an hour south from his Twin Cities home. He got the job. It was a phone call from Weber. “The standard in the industry,” Fischer says, “is what's called a bench test. For a gig like this, a luthier’s position,...

The Weber Mandolin Scroll

By Michael Eck Scroll envy. It’s a thing. The symmetrical lines of teardrop A-style mandolin are inherently beautiful—simplicity defined, with form meeting function. But for many, a mandolin just isn’t a mandolin without those sexy, familiar Florentine curves. Some call the scroll a straphanger. It’s well-suited to the task, but it’s much more than that. It’s a lovely bit of woodworking. It’s art, in an organic form. And it offers a signature, for...

The Weber Yellowstone Series and Up!

By Michael Eck You’ll know when you’re ready for a Yellowstone, a Diamondback, a Vintage or a Fern. These mandolins represent a standard of excellence unparalleled in the world of stringed instruments. In 2018, as Weber is celebrating 21 years of perfecting tradition, these distinctive high end models have only gotten better, building on the legend with new finishes, new body sizes and classic dovetail neck joints that make the player feel like an extension of the instrument. The...

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...

Meet the Craftsmen: Marty Lewis

“He’s a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction.”   Kris Kristofferson penned those words in 1971, meaning to describe Johnny Cash as well as a bevy of other wild Nashville cats. Kristofferson wasn’t thinking of Weber luthier Marty Lewis when he wrote that famous line—heck, Lewis would have been about nine then—but the thought describes him pretty well.   Lewis, you see, is the man Weber owner Tom Bedell turned to when he wanted to go...

The Weber Larger Mandolin Family Body Shapes

By Michael Eck The first great wave of mandolin madness hit American shores early in the 20th century, with Ellis Island as the gateway, and European masters and amateurs serving as ambassadors. Years before Bill Monroe played his first lick, mandolin orchestras roamed the land, popping up in urban centers and small towns alike. Some petite ensembles played jaunty classical pieces or nostalgic airs of home—often Italy and Germany. Other large groups favored popular melodies of the day,...

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