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4/03/2005

Brad Armstrong plays a mandotar on track 8 of Maria Taylor's new CD 11:11. What the hell is a mandotar, you ask? Why, I was wondering the same thing myself.

According to Bill Littleton, who erroneously considers himself "the only active mandotar player on the planet," a mandotar is a
"'twelve-string soprano guitar' or 'twelve-string mandolin' -- Charlie Louvin tells me that Ira built a half-scale guitar that he called a mandotar, but it has only six strings (and currently resides in the Country Music Hall Of Fame)"

This is a photo of Hammertone's mandotar. Someone should cook up a Wikipedia entry for it, so no one goes around thinking a mandotar was a wooly beast from the dinosaur age.

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