(NEW) It is with rarity and thoughtfulness that we add new brands to the AMW family. We've always felt that it was better to represent a few shops in a very deep way, vs having a brand list a mile long and only having a smattering of instruments available from any given manufacturer. Well, sometimes a story comes along and it jolts us into action! When we heard about the mission of the Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Company, we just knew that we wanted to be a part of it!
Troublesome Creek is unique among our offerings... first of all, they are a NOT-FOR-PROFIT (501 c. 3)enterprise, working with members of the recovery community around Hindman, Kentucky to not only build excellent stringed instruments, but also rebuild lives and livelihoods for their workforce. Through a partnership with the Appalachian School of Luthiery, Doug Naselroad and Troublesome Creek bring deep industry and luthiery knowledge in focus with the concept of helping those recovering from addiction. They rely on sustainable domestic hardwoods exclusively for their soundboards, backs and sides.
While most of our TC instruments have been very simply appointed, this lovely HM-1 proves that they also know how to get fancy! Excellent light sunburst on an Adirondack spruce top, plus some REALLY eye-popping exotic maple on the back/sides. The Honeybee mandolins are not truly flat-topped instruments, there is a slight radius imparted by the bracing, and this is part of the reason for the more complex (and lovely) tone.
Spec-wise, we've got a 1 1/8" nut, truss-rod, compensated non-adjustable ebony bridge, ebony fingerboard, ivoroid top binding, nickel tuners with ivoroid buttons. Price includes hard case with Troublesome Creek badge.
AMW Price: $2,295 (Online checkout)
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