Girouard Mandolins has recently located to a permanent home in Glocester, Rhode Island and have some very exciting builds coming up for 2017. For those of you attending, we will once again be showcasing some of our work at David Surrette's renowned March Mandolin Festival in Concord, New Hampshire. On top of the usual instruments you have grown to expect to see from us, we already have some of the following special projects in progress:
In 2016, we introduced our line of guitar bodied octave mandolins. The response to these was overwhelming and we already have some in the works for spring 2017.
One of the highlights of 2016 was the introduction of the Girouard 10 stringed fanned fret mandola. The fanned fretboard was designed to adjust the scales for optimum string tension where as otherwise the low course would be too floppy or the high course would be too tight. Pictured above is the first of three completed featuring a purple heart back, sides and neck and western red cedar top.