Being an Atlanta native I get especially excited to find local builders. Marty Jacobson is a phenomenal talent working out of Suwanne, GA. His use of the newest technology, and brilliant design make Jacobson mandolins sound amazing, and cost less. One of the few win, win situations I know of. Please check out his site. A link is provided at the end of this entry. (Oh yeah he’s a hell of a player too).
The second man mentioned is also a great mandolin player, as well as a great instructor. David Mold, easily found with his many great youtube videos, he uses Jacobson mandolins and gets them sounding crystal clear. That’s only part of his contribution. He has a site, not very different from my own, in terms of layout and over all mission statement. He has insightful blog entries, videos, instruction, and links for further study, all of which are of the finest quality. His hub is called, Mandoliniana
Marty’s showcase with notes for fellow builders can be found at, Marty Jacobson’s Fine Acoustic Instruments
Check these guys out no matter where your from. Marty is on back order but who knows when he might make your future mandolin, as for David’s Mandoliniana, any player can benefit from hearing his beautiful playing, as well as learning from such a great player.