Standard Features

  • Top plate of finest grade quartersawn spruce, hand carved and tap tuned
  • Back plate of highly figured maple, hand carved and tap tuned
  • Sides of highly figured maple
  • 3-piece neck of highly figured maple
  • Angle cut and tapered peghead
  • Hand sawn and hand engraved, Apitius pearl shell "art deco" Toronto skyline headstock inlay
  • Rippled abalone truss rod cover
  • Peghead veneer of subtly shaded burled Madrone on front face. Triple ply veneers of Ebony/Maple/burled Madrone on rear of peghead
  • Fingerboard of genuine ebony with a conical (compound) radius of 7 1/4” (184mm) - 12" (305mm)
  • Mother-of-pearl and abalone "split block" position markers
  • "Triple ply binding" throughout (black/white binding lines on all surfaces)
  • Bound F-holes
  • Burled Madrone accents on bridge base and heelcap
  • Customised gold plated James™ tailpiece
  • Schaller GrandTune™ tuning machines with 18:1 gear ratio and madrone veneer on ebony buttons
  • Width at nut: 29mm (1  5/32”)
  • Scale length: 355mm (14")
  • Adjustable truss rod (double rod design does not add compression force to the neck)
  • Internal K&K™ contact pick-up with endpin jack (Optional floating humbucker with finger rest mount-inquire)
  • Apitius "Honeyburst" shading
  • Spirit varnish finish applied by hand in the traditional French polish method
  • Hot hide glue construction throughout
  • Custom fitted TKL™ case.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Back View

**Peghead of subtly shaded burled Madrone veneer with hand-cut and hand engraved pearl shell inlays.



Triple veneer of Ebony, Maple and subtly shaded burled Madrone. 3-piece neck with Ebony accent lines. Schaller GrandTune™ " tuning machines with Madrone veneer on ebony buttons.

Bound f-holes. Ebony bridge with burled Madrone accents.

Angle-cut and tapered peghead.







Finish of hand applied (not sprayed) French polished spirit varnish. Triple bound on all surfaces.




Introducing the J-series mandolins by Apitius. Inspired by the legendary Jazz archtop guitars of D'Angelico, D'Aquisto and Benedetto, the J-series are designed with the needs and desires of the Jazz mandolinist in mind. With 10% more air volume and a larger soundboard surface than my F-models, these mandolins have a darker, mellower voice ideally suited to and voiced for Jazz.

The "Yorkville" is the 'ne plus ultra' of my jazz models. Nothing but the finest materials go into the crafting of this prestigious Jazz instrument. It's named after a now posh, uptown neighborhood of Toronto, Canada that had a rich musical history in the 1960s. Canadian musical icons such as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Gorden Lightfoot and Bruce Cockburn, to name a few, cut their teeth in the numerous coffee houses that existed in that area. I myself started frequenting the famous Riverboat Coffeehouse as a young teenager and began my musical education there.