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Pete Mallinson
Almuse

Logo: AlmuseEstablished in 2007, Almuse was founded by Pete Mallinson, a semi-pro musician with a lifelong interest in making and tinkering with instruments whose day-job was prematurely ended and whose hobby became his new employment.

Since the 1970s, Pete had been building instruments for his own use, attended violin making night classes at Newark and had also made guitars, violins and mandolin family instruments for word-of-mouth customers, so when a career change was forced the path became obvious.

In the past, Pete had built a couple of solid electric mandolins using guitar pickups but was disappointed with the string balance and tone and they were consigned to the ornament wall. However, in early 2009 the spark was rekindled and development started on mandolin specific pickups.

The results were so encouraging that Pete took the huge step of concentrating almost solely on electric mandolin family instruments and pickups. It was a worthwhile decision since it led to a greater involvement for Pete's wife Sue, and the order book is rapidly filling with customers as far flung as Alaska and Germany.

Almuse produce a wide variety of rare earth pickups, both single coil and humbucker for different string spacings, after-market upgrades for some of the more commonly available electric mandolins and are also equipped to produce one-off specials to order should none of the current range be suitable.

Electric mandolins are handcrafted to order, either to a customers own design or inspired by electric guitars with patterns as diverse as the classic Les Pauls and Telecasters through to the current Deans and ESPs (for that little bit of Metal Mando Mayhem)!

Almuse Electric Mandolins

Image: Almuse Electric Mandolins 3 Fixed neck construction, body and neck in sapele with flame maple cap and ebony fingerboard.
Pickups are "Zebra" humbuckers and a wrap-over tailpiece keeps things tidy.
Finish is deep cherry sunburst cellulose.

Image: Almuse Electric Mandolins 1

Fixed neck construction, body and neck in sapele with rosewood fingerboard.
Pickup is a P4120H "dog-ear" type and a wrap-over tailpiece completes the "SG Junior" look.
Finish is a light walnut stain followed by nitrocellulose.

mage: Almuse Electric Mandolins 2Bolt on neck fitting, body is highly figured ash with maple neck & fingerboard.
The trussrod is fitted from the back of the neck.
This semi-hollow five string was created as a test bed for developing the 5 string NeoMag pickup

Source: http://www.almuse.co.uk
February, 2010