Barebones, single ring rosette, sans binding. Resin logo inlay and side dots. Red spruce top and straight-grained American Black Walnut back and sides. Golden Age nickel tuners and Troublesome Creek hardshell case. Handmade in Hindman, Kentucky.
Our new “flat top mandolin” is anything but flat! With clarity and punch that strongly emulates its carved siblings, this little powerhouse transcends all others in its price range. Our hot hide-glued “Spidercone” x-bracing system forms the Appalachian Red Spruce soundboard into a pronounced, effectively graduated dish, giving these little guys a voice unlike anything else on the market today! Arched fingerboards, adjustable necks and hand-carved bridges ensure playability, honey-sweetness and sustain.
Dimensions: Body Width: 10 5/16" Body Length: 13 1/2" Overall Length: 25 7/8" Body Depth at Rim: 2 3/16" Soundhole Diameter: 2 1/8" Top Arch Radius: 7" Neck Width at Nut: 1 1/8" Neck Width at 12th Fret: 1 1/2" Scale: 13 7/8" Fretboard Arch: 7" Frets: 20
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! Learn more at https://www.artisancenter.net/culture-of-recovery
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: AppalachianLuthiery.org
Troublesome Creek’s manufactory is situated in the beautiful, former Hindman High School building, built in 1931, refitted with a state-of-the-art woodworking facility. Specialized tools, jigs and fixtures (many of which have been designed and built in-house) keep the lines running smoothly. From the loading bay, where logs of native hardwood are brought in to be processed, to the setup room, where the finished instruments are adjusted and inspected, every square foot of our facility is being pressed into service.