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Troublesome Creek CM-1 "Copperhead" Mandolin


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Troublesome Creek CM-1 "Copperhead" Mandolin

Made on the same framework as our HM series, but with smooth, classic f-holes and a sleek “snake” head! Skillful dynamic loading and old-school craftsmanship combine to deliver a surprising volume and purity of tone.


Ivoroid top binding. Resin logo inlay and side dots. Red spruce top and  figured Walnut back and sides. Walnut neck with "snake" headstock and ebony fingerboard. Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish. Caterpillar bridge with Golden Age nickel tuners and Troublesome Creek hardshell case.

Series Specs:
Body Wood: Solid American Black Walnut
Top Wood: Solid Red Spruce
Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Wood: American Black Walnut
Fingerboard: Ebony
Binding: Ivoroid Top Binding
Pickguard: Firestripe
Body Width: 10 5/16"
Body Length: 13 1/2"
Overall Length: 25 7/8"
Body Depth at Rim: 2 3/16"
Top Arch Radius: 7"
Neck Width at Nut: 1 1/8"
Fretboard Radius:7"
Frets: 20
Case: Troublesome Creek Hardshell

Welcome to Troublesome Creek!
At Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Co., we're building fine instruments, using the best materials and people in the country. While deeply rooted in the ancient musical traditions of these hills, our work is driven by the belief that an individual can take recovery into his or her own hands, and then, build something beautiful.

Troublesome Creek is like no other stringed instrument manufacturer in the world. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, with our own school of luthiery. The people we train, both from the recovery community and the local labor pool, make some of the best guitars, mandolins, and dulcimers you’ll ever play!

The Culture of Recovery program was created in order to host people in recovery at the studios of the Appalachian Artisan Center. Established under a generous grant from ArtPlace America, the COR initiative brought in people suffering from substance abuse disorders in an effort to enhance their recovery efforts by immersion in Blacksmithing, Pottery, Luthiery and more. Since the program began in 2018, we have instructed hundreds of individuals, offering them new focus and healing. And of these many success stories, an especially talented, select group have gone on to become luthiers at Troublesome Creek. And we couldn’t be happier about that!
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At Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Company, we train people in recovery to become some of the best luthiers in the country. Using the finest in locally-sourced, Appalachian hardwoods, they create stunning instruments that are both tonally and environmentally excellent, while each sale contributes to the regrowth of our post-coal economy. When you purchase a Troublesome Creek instrument,you get you more than a terrific handmade heirloom; you take ownership in a legacy that you helped build. Visit the Appalachian School of Luthiery at: