Here's a Rono of another kind: an acoustic/electric
"lump scroll" oval-hole instrument by Ron Oats of Boulder, Colorado.
Hollow with flat spruce top and flame maple back with center marquetry
strip. Three-piece maple neck. Ebony fretboard and bridge with piezo
pickup. Used, with light scratches and pick wear on the transparent
It's suitable for tuning as a mandola, with its 15.75-inch scale, beefy neck, and nut width of 1.3125 inches,
although I currently have it set up as a mandolin, with the idea that it
could be used by someone with larger hands who finds
Gibson-scale mandolins difficult to play. Strong clear voice, suitable
for Celtic, folk, or blues. It's a lot of fun to play and is pretty loud
acoustically as flattops go. I have it strung with Ultralights
(.034/.022/.013/.009) and because of the long scale I don't recommend
going any heavier. If you'd rather play it as a mandola I'll gladly set
it up as such.
The choice of String Cheese Incident's Michael Kang and
other jam-band players, Rono instruments are known for jazzy tone and
easy playability. They're also notoriously hard to get, unless you shop
at Emando.com! Protec "ProPac" semi-hardshell case included.
for more information. $1,500 plus shipping. 48-hour approval period.