Custom archtop "AO sharp" style mandolin hand made by Michael McCarten
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Model AO#
Mandolin

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front view of michael mccarten's AO sharp style mandolin model front view of the body of michael mccarten's AO sharp style mandolin model

This mandolin has an "A" body style with an oval sound hole styled lengthwise and sized differently than the "standard" AO mandolin. This model is in development with two prototypes in process. The intention is to make a mandolin with a very crisp and cutting tone. This is intended for those who would like a crisper much edgier voice than a traditional bluegrass instrument.

front view of michael mccarten's AO sharp style mandolin model front view of the body of michael mccarten's AO sharp style mandolin model

The tops and backs are hand carved and graduated for optimum voice.

Unlike traditional mandolins This instrument has the fingerboard extention foating over the top more like an archtop guitar.