photo: Patrick House
Mark Heard
On Satellite Sky, the last record that Los Angeles–based Heard released before he died, he played an electric mandolin on every track. The instrument in question was a 1939 National Resophonic metal-bodied model; the resonator had been removed and replaced with National's "Silvo" pickup attachment. (National offered this option for only a couple of years in the late '30s.) He also owned an Epiphone mandolin.