A two-point, hand-made, exquisite-sounding acoustic eight-string suitable for bluegrass or any other type of music, this is as fine a modern mandolin in an intermediate price range as can be imagined. About his mandolins, the builder of the mighty Phoenix says – these are instruments for connoisseurs of handcrafted instruments, and for musicians who want outstanding volume, tone, and playability. The Bluegrass is punchy, full, round and, with enhanced and unexpected sonic velocity it allows for an exceedingly demonstrative performance. It provides both the player and the listener a full bolus of tonal density and seemingly unlimited volume.
Rolfe Gerhardt, himself, builder of the legendary Unicorn mandolins in the 70's, has spent the last thirty years applying new musical instrument technologies to the 8-string American mandolin. Using the finest tone woods and a total of forty years of luthiers’ experience, he has more mechanical skills in his little finger than most builders have in their little fingers. The Bluegrass is his most powerful model, minimally made for medium strings and suitable for musical warfare.