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Precise Craftsmanship - Beautiful Esthetics - Unsurpassed Sound

Albright Mandolins are handmade in Ellensburg, Washington on the east slope of the Cascade Mountains. Designed and carefully crafted by Sam Albright in his solar-powered shop, these are real players' instruments, at home in any style of music. Sam is an artist and musician who combines his long history of working with wood and metal, a background in sculpture, and his love of playing music to create mandolins that are beautiful, tuneful, and a joy to play.

New mandolins ready to play!

New mandolins ready to play!

Come see and play these new instruments at the SeaTac Guitar Show in Bellevue, WA. at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue - Sunday, May 18th - 9:30 till 4:30 pm.   http://www.seatacguitarshow.com/

The redwood Albright mandolin

Made from Scratch

Each mandolin is a unique work of art, made by hand. It starts with the raw materials. Carefully selected wood must be carved, shaped, flexed, and bent. Metal for tail pieces is forged with hammer and anvil, annealed, tempered, and hand-peened. One-of-a-kind Mother-of-Pearl and Abalone inlays; sanding, buffing, natural pigments, dies, and finishes...many skillful steps go into building each instrument.

Nickle silver tailpiece
Albright Mandolin head piece
Front of a Sitka Spruce mandolin

Design and Construction

All the wood used in construction of our mandolins is dried properly and assembled in custom fixtures for each style of mandolin. The complete process takes many weeks, and then each instrument is played "in the white" with no finish, as its individual voice is heard for the first time. They are then disassembled and finished with shellacs and lacquers or hand-rubbed with a classic "French Polish." These fine mandolins are musical, rich and joyful with clear ringing overtones in every note.

The Albright Mandolin's classic two-point design
Sam Albright prepares necks and bodies for assembly
Madolin bodies and necks awaiting assembly
Woman playing Englemann Spruce mandolin

Whether you're into Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass, Classical or Old-Time, pick up an Albright Mandolin and make some music!