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Lawrence Nyberg: Arch top Octave Mandolin

Submitted by ghhancock on 12/27/2013

Where Purchased: Lawrence Nyberg

Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: $4500 (Canadian) historic exchange rates / currency converter


This OM is amazing and I have played several good ones. Tone is rich, full and balanced from bass through treble and I have never played anything with lower regester so clear and distinct. It encourages creativity and experiments that bring new music from it.

Sound Rating: 10


Set up was very good right off the shelf. Action was a little high for my liking but the tone and sustain was so good I will leave it until the 1st string change. Future adjustments are made easy by Lawrence's thoughtful attention to detail and owners manual. Bridge placement and tone at octaves is perfect.

Setup Rating: 10


Absolutely stunning finish and materials. East Indian rosewood sides and back with ebony bindings and rosewood binding on neck. Beautiful Engelman top. Lawrence accomodated a Celtic Knot inlay at the 12th fret that is perfectly done and very attractive. The uninished, oiled neck is a unique and pleasant surprise.

Appearance Rating: 10


This instrument was made with care and experience and has proven very reliable. I use it everywhere without a backup.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Lawrence was an absolute joy to work with. He listened well and had positive feedback on every question and detail. Lifetime warranty.

Customer Service: 10


Everything about this instrument is top shelf from wood selection through final details and setup. The standout componenets are the wood selection, build construction and attention to even the smallest detail to create an amazing instrument. Sound port is a joy.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I heard a few of Lawrence's instruments and was taken with the tone and appearance.  After contacting him I knew I wanted him to build my new instrument.  He was attentive, thoughtful and very accommodating to my questions and made insightful suggestions.  He kept me informed throughout the whole build process and delivered the instrument before the expected date.

The instrument has amazing depth of tone right out of the case. The arch top is focused, the sustain rings long past others and the unique arched back forces more volume than any other OM I have ever played.  It is a joy and an inspiration to play and I would not hesitate to buy another instrument from Lawrence.  I believe his instruments are very fairly priced for what you get in tone and workmanship.

I am new to posting on the site and tried to show photos but with no success.  I will try to post when I understand the technique better.  To see more instruments by Lawrence visit:

Overall Rating: 10

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