The Apitius sound comes standard with all my mandolins* regardless of the model or price point. Models differ in style and appointments to suit the individual player's needs and preferences. As an independent instrument maker, I welcome the opportunity to customise and tailor my mandolins to create the perfect fit for your style and technique.


*New! 3 distinct voicing options are now available for your Apitius mandolin. Learn about them here.


(Shown in "Black Cherry")

The Grand Classic

The Grand Classic model is more ornate than any of the Loar period mandolins having ivoroid/black/white binding on all surfaces, paua abalone position markers and your choice of either an Apitius Vine or traditional fern headstock inlay.



(Shown in "Cremona Brown")

The Classic

The Classic model is based on the look of the later loar period mandolins (circa 1924) with top bound body and peghead in addition to the more elaborate Apitius Vine or Fern headstock inlay.


(Shown in "Black Cherry" with optional Wavery™ tuning machines)

The Vanguard

The Vanguard is modelled on the early Loar mandolins. (circa 1922-23) These mandolins typically had a "top bound" body with "side bound" fingerboard and headstock. Finished in the traditional French polish method.



(Shown in "Cremona Brown" with optional ebony tuner buttons

The Rosine

The Rosine model pays homage to the late Bill Monroe. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Monroe recognized and brought out the potential of the F-5 style mandolin with it’s elevated fingerboard and violin style sound holes. Without Bill Monroe, this instrument may never have been fully appreciated for the masterpiece that it is. The Rosine model is appointed in much the same style as Mr. Monroe’s own personal favourite mandolin. Finished in the traditional French polish method.



(Shown in "Black Cherry")

The Studio A

With the same material and build quality as my F – models, the Studio A delivers the goods at a more cost effective price point.



The Yorkville

( J-Model)

The Yorkville model is the top of the line for my new J-model mandolins. With an air chamber that is 10% larger than my A and F-models, the J-models have a bias towards the lower frequencies. The resulting warmer, mellower sound is designed specifically for jazz style players.


(Shown in "Cremona Brown")

The Club Jazz

( J-Model)

The Club Jazz takes it's cues from the legendary arch-top jazz guitars of the 20's, 30's and 40,s. Its big warm sound is perfect for the jazz player.



Apitius mandolas can be ordered in “Rosine”, “Classic” or A – model appointments. (inquire)



The Mandalto is a 10 – string  mandolin that was designed and developed by customer Roger Luckey and myself. It has a mandolin scale length (355mm) with a body that has been enlarged to allow the low C string to resonate fully. Suggested tuning is from low to high, C, G, D, A, E


To date, I have not built one, but there’s a first time for everything. (inquire)





Standard Features on all models Include:

  • 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
  • Neck of highly figured maple
  • Angle cut and tapered peghead
  • Peghead veneer of black dyed pearwood over 4 plys of alternating maple veneers on face with single ply of black dyed pearwood on back*
  • Hand-cut pearl shell inlays
  • Fingerboard of genuine ebony with a standard conical (compound) radius of 7 ½” to 12"
  • Tortoise colored side dots on fingerboard
  • Schaller™ "GrandTune"™ tuning machines with 18:1 gear ratio
  • Customised James™ tailpiece
  • Width at nut: 29mm (1  5/32”)
  • Scale length: 355mm (14")
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • Hand applied stain and shading in choice of "Cremona Brown" or "Black Cherry"*
  • Spirit varnish finish applied by hand in the traditional French polish method
  • Hot hide glue construction throughout.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

 *Except Yorkville Jazz Model (see Yorkville model page for details)


Standard Features Include:

Customised James™ Tailpiece

Dovetailed Points

(On top-bound models)


Schaller™ GrandTune™ Tuning Machines


Tortoise Colored Side Dots




 Optional Features on A and F-models Include:


Abbreviated Pickguard

Choice of ebony or tortoise + binding options

Traditional Pickguard

Choice of ebony or tortoise + binding options

Waverly™ Tuning Machines


Scalloped Fingerboard Extension with real fret crowns

(No charge option)



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