Don Allain
Don has been building musical instruments since 1977. Here's his prototype 5-string e-mando, which is currently being used in the studio and on the road by Andrew Hendryx of the NYC band Yarn. Don writes: "It was built as a professional-grade instrument for the discriminating player/performer. The fanned-fret system provides a better string tension balance across all five strings and allows for better fingering ergonomics. The instrument is available in many different combinations of wood, finish, and electronics."

Here are the specs for the instrument pictured:
  • Honduran mahogany back
  • Hand-carved, arched curly maple top
  • Curly maple 1-piece fixed neck with adjustable truss rod and graphite nut
  • Bound ebony fanned fretboard with a 12" radius and 20 medium frets
  • Bound ebony peghead with gold-lipped MOP Allain inlay
  • Sperzel tuning keys
  • Lollar mini humbucking pickup
  • Tuned piezo graphite bridge saddle pickups with onboard preamp
  • Dual concentric stacked volume and tone controls for each pickup
  • Stereo wiring allows you to send the output from each pickup separately
  • Electronics also include a pickup selector switch and a midrange boost switch
If you want to know more, you can get in touch with Don by or contact:

Don Allain
366 Lakeshore Drive
Hewitt, NJ 07421