News Update: Hans taking mandolin orders

Hans has announced that he is going to take some custom mandolin orders. This is great news for those searching for his instruments. You can now commission an Eclipse or any other model that you may have been dreaming of without waiting years for your name to come up on his waiting list. Hans can be contacted via his website.



1999 M23 12993E

Serial number 12993E, Signed Dec 1999, 3rd instrument Hans built.

Engelmann top and Bosnian Maple back and sides. Tortoise binding top and back. Early logo on the Headstock.


90224 21V

90224 21V prototype blackface 2002

Prairie State 17″ Jumbo Guitar

17″ jumbo 12 string Build, red maple/red spruce

Prairie State 18″ Jumbo

From Hans:

“It is pretty much a copy of a Prairie State 19″ jumbo, except it is scaled down to 18″. Top is red spruce and back and sides Cocobolo dyed. I built it for my wife Marueen, who wanted it the second she saw the back. It’s her cowboy guitar”

Oak Parlor Guitars

From Hans:

“Red spruce/white oak spec builds. Between the three are some slight variations in the ladder bracing and trim.¬†Most of the locals are stunned at the tone comes out of a 12-1/2″ parlor with oak back and sides.

Laminated braces seem to hold their shape a bit better, and you can make them thinner and less tall. It’s a great way to use up scraps of rosewood, coco, etc. too. Lams have been one of my favorite features borrowed from Larson instruments.”

Copy of Dave Ray’s Holzapfel

From Hans:

“Scale is 26.22”, red spruce and ribbon stripe saplele.¬†Quite a large guitar with a HUGE sound. This is not to say that it is the loudest guitar I’ve ever heard, but it is deep and room filling without being LOUD.