John Knutson
These days, Bay Area luthier Knutson evidently puts most of his energy into Messenger upright electric basses. However, he's made some pretty fantastic electric mandolins. Above, from left to right, a doubleneck mandolin/octave mandolin built for Lief Sorbye and a solidbody octave mandolin. Below, a doubleneck 5-string/8-string; a 5-string equipped with a Roland synth unit; a 5-string built for Mike Marshall; and the famous modular mandolin/octave mandolin/guitar built for Marvin Etzioni. (The instruments can be detached and played separately; Etzioni once had his picture in Rolling Stone bearing this axe.) Other Knutson clients include David Lindley and Jamie Masefield.
Knutson Five/Eight-String-Combo Knutson Roland-Synth Knutson