Sound to Earth, aka, Weber Mandolins, of Montana creates some of the world’s best mandolins, octave mandolins, mandolas, and mandocellos. Among the Weber line is the Gallatin F, a carved top mandolin with a simple, rustic look. The Gallatin F looks as though it would be right at home in rustic Montana. The Gallatin F contains few adornments, along with a finish that reminds me of leather, as well as Weber’s textured stainless steel tailpiece. The model is named after the Gallatin River in Montana, which is one of the three forks of the Missouri River, and named by the Merriweather Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition after Albert Gallatin, who was Treasury Secretary.
Weber’s Gallatin F will work well for bluegrass and country, especially for lead playing with a fretboard that goes on forever. Plenty of bark along with a balanced tone that provides a solid bass that allows for the mids and highs to come through cleanly and clearly.
Previously made with mahogany back and sides, the Gallatin F mandolin is now constructed with maple back and sides, however larger Gallatin instruments are still built with mahogany. Features of the Gallatin F mandolin include solid sitka top, maple back and rim, tone bar bracing, matte finish, Weber decal and Celtic knot featured on the headstock, black bound radiused ebony fingerboard, fourteen inch scale, mother of pearl diamond inlays, 1 1/8 inch nut, nickel Grover tuners, dual action adjustable truss rod, Brekke adjustable ebony bridge, hardshell Weber mandolin case, and a limited lifetime warranty to the original owner.