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Andrew Mowry has been building mandolin-family instruments since the 1990s and began building L-5 style guitars and guitar-bodied octave mandolins and mandocellos in around 2005.
His L-5s and mandocellos are based on a close study of Dexter Johnson’s exceptional 1928 Gibson and the octave mandolins are essentially scaled-down (14”) versions of the same instrument.
While the arching, graduations, and sound remain close to those used by Gibson, Andrew often uses modern aesthetic touches, including alternative binding, soundhole shapes, colours, and inlay.
He primarily uses varnish finishes and hand-rubbed sunbursts to approximate that early Gibson look.
Mowry Stringed Instruments
557 NE Quimby Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
Images courtesy of Andrew Mowry