Welcome to Wienman Fine Instruments, where mandolins and guitars are hand crafted with passion, dedication, and attention to detail in the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Our vision is to create instruments that possess the quick response, balance, power, tone, and depth of dynamic range that will inspire and satisfy the needs of even the most demanding professional musician, and help the aspiring artist take their music to the next level, at a fair price. Instruments that exhibit the timeless artistry of a human touch and that quickly mature to possess that certain remarkable feel, playability, and look usually associated with fine vintage pieces. But most of all, they're just incredibly fun to play!
Custom • Handcrafted • Vintage By design™
We are excited to say that the first mandolin we offered for sale was purchased by Jarrod Walker. We think Jarrod is a phenomenal artist whose playing is distinguished by remarkable taste, tone, creative energy, and finesse. We are thinking most have heard him but if some way you've missed him you can hear him, among many other places, along with Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, and others on Claire Lynch's Grammy nominated album North By South. The way we found out that our first mandolin was sold was when we received the following letter:
I'm excited to say that I bought your mandolin from George Gruhn today! George took me upstairs and we A-B'd yours with three Loars, a Monteleone, and a handful of Gilchrists. I can honestly say that I preferred the tone of the Wienman over all of them with the exception of one Loar. Even that was a close call. Unfortunately I was short $160,000.
I took the instrument home on loan last night and in the several hours that I played it dramatically opened up. The mid-range is out of this world. Balanced, responsive, and immediate.
I have toured with Claire Lynch the past few years and will be hitting the road hard with Billy Strings next year. I don't know if you're familiar with either of these names but they're both fantastic.
With that said, I admire your work. I know a good mandolin when I play one and this one has something special. Where are you based out of? I'd love to let you know when I'm playing in your area.
We are lifelong musicians with far reaching musical tastes, and are fascinated by the effect a truly inspiring instrument can have on your music, as well as your life. We feel lucky to have spent years studying and repairing some of the finest instruments in the world, and are dedicated to and truly enjoy using the knowledge and skills we have acquired over the years to design and build our own instruments. We use only the finest well-seasoned woods and make every attempt to source our materials as locally as possible.