Custom archtop "AO" 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 style mandolin model front view of the body of michael mccarten's AO style mandolin model

This mandolin has an "A" body style with an oval sound hole.

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

rear view of michael mccarten's AO style mandolin model
rear view of the headstock of michael mccarten's AO style mandolin model

Unlike traditional mandolins This instrument has the fingerboard extention foating over the top more like an archtop guitar. This leaves a larger area of the top free to resonate.