Kilin Reece, the driving force behind KR Strings, is a well-known luthier and Hawaiian music historian based in Honolulu. After years of building and repairing a wide range of fretted instruments Kilin has designed the “Octolindo,” a line of flat-top octave mandolins. Thanks to a scalloped X-braced Engelmann spruce tops these are big-sounding octave mandolins with a deep, throaty tone and plenty of volume. The relatively short (21.5 inch) string scale and radiused fingerboard makes them remarkably easy to play.
The S Deluxe version shown here has attractive Indian rosewood back and sides and curly maple binding. The difference between the S Artist and the S Deluxe is the Deluxe has nicely shaded sunburst top and a sunburst neck.
Please note that these come from KR Strings without an end pin! If you plan to use a strap you'll need one, so tell us if you are ordering online so we can install an end pin for you before the instrument is shipped.