Oval Hole Mandolins

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of carved top mandolins with oval soundholes here at Gryphon. While they don’t have the volume and projection that mandolins with F-holes have, they more than make up for it with a warm, bubbly tone that is well suited to Celtic music, jazz, classical, old-time string band music and just about any style that isn’t bluegrass. For decades, the only way to get your hands on an oval hole mandolin was to track down a vintage Gibson. Happily, there are now a number of builders making them in every price range.