Curly Maple  $40
HD Curly Maple  $45
HD is more vivid and tighter flame & special coloring
The McClung
A new concept in armrests
Please provide the depth of your mandolin when
The standard 29mm hardware will fit  1 3/4" - 1 7/8".
I have other sizes for smaller or larger mandolins
Chrome, Nickel, Black, &
Gold hardware
Collings MT w/Curly Maple McClung
Ask to see a McClung for a
test drive at:  
Fiddler's Green Music Shop
1809 W. 35th
Austin, TX 78703  
Reserved for
custom order
Wayfaring Stranger
Elaina Mitchell: violin
David McClung: guitar
Doug Edwards: mandolin, standup bass
HCS 2011 Birdseye Maple two point
2011 HCS Birdseye 2point
Pick Boxes
$25 - $65
Spruce & Cedar
Ebony $50
Hardwoods $40- $45
1/2 OTP
1/2 OTP
(Over The Tailpiece)
Over The Tailpiece  (OTP)
If you play with your arm over the tailpiece or just
partially over, these are just the thing.
You won't believe the difference they can make.
Save money and help protect a
valuable resource with ebonized
Hi Doug -

Here's a pic of my two "kids" with their McClung
armrests installed. What a world of difference
these armrests made. Now the pick lines up
perfectly with the strings without having to bend
my wrist to an unnatural angle. They're absolutely

Please feel free to use
the picture and, if you
want, my hearty
endorsement of your
I'm a McClung convert!

Yours Sincerely,

Christina S.
Hi Doug,

My arm rest arrived - fits beautifully and
solves a problem for me.  The edge of
my arm was getting "creased badly" by
the edge of the mandolin... not any
more.  And it is so beautiful.

Thanks for a wonderful product!


Patricia A.
*FYI, Eastmans can be 1 5/8" - 1 7/8",
The Loar also.  Please check when
Instruments with rounded edges may
require special consideration.
Ebonizing is a chemical process using Tannin and
an iron solution.  Vinager and steel wool ect. create
the iron solution.
Ebonized Walnut OTP
(Over The Tailpiece) $49

I've never written a review in my 56 years of life, but I
just had to thank you for exceeding my expectations
with the craftsmanship of your custom made McClung
inlay armrest for my Gibson F-5 Fern.  The color match
was perfect even though you were just working with
e-mailed pictures, and the finish of the wood is a highly polished jewel.

From a technical standpoint it has improved my
position on the mandolin and has made extended
hours of practice very comfortable.  The price you
charged was too low for the extraordinary job.  It is so
perfect it looks like a Gibson made accessory...those
were the comments from my fellow pickers.

Very happy to know such craftsmanship and attention
to detail still exists in the USA.

I've attached a few pictures of your's never
coming off!

Best regards, Chris  

Doug, I wanted to take a minute to thank you and the “Elves” for such a nice
addition to my Loar  LM-600 mandolin.

The armrest fits perfectly and looks like it was made just for that mandolin’s
finish. Not only does it look great but it makes playing much more
comfortable. I almost purchased one from another outfit and am glad I found
you on the Café before I did.

Thanks again for the craftsmanship and quality.

Kind Regards.

Jay R.
Currently I'm not taking new custom orders.

Doug, just a note to tell you how pleased I am
with my new mandolin armrest.

As a Luthier, I recognize quality workmanship
and attention to detail and your armrests are
terrific and very affordable!

I picked one I thought most matched the pick
guard I had just made for my F-style mando
and it looks perfect.

I'll be sure to recommend you to all my
customers and pickin' buddies !

Brian Amato
Traverse City, Michigan
$47 Rosewood 1/2
Hi Doug,

I received the arm rests, thank you. If you only made the standard model, that would still be a comfortable
improvement, but being able to compare the two, the McClung with that medium angle is the clear winner.  A
quick testimonial (feel free to use it if you like):

The McClung armrest is outstanding! I didn't know what I was missing playing without one for the last 17 years.  
It positions my arm such that the base of my hand/ my wrist falls naturally right over the bridge. Most importantly,
it just feels like part of the instrument--very natural, not intrusive in the least. I put it on, began playing and nearly
immediately forgot it was there.  The increased depth of the instrument under my arm allows me to rest my
forearm lighter on the mandolin, and encourages me to make minimal to no contact with the bridge top. The
result is that I play in a more relaxed, fluid way (and thus faster too). The improvement is more than subtle!  Looks
great on the mandolin as well.  Just wanted to add one more voice to the chorus of enthusiastic endorsements
for your fine handiwork.

Thanks again!
Best wishes to you and your family,

Ian Goldstein
Doctoral Candidate in Music
University of California, Berkeley
Congratulations to Jesse Brock, IBMA's
2015 Mandolin Player Of The Year!

Jesse uses a McClung armrest too.
Non-angled armrests
Standard Armrests
Just wanted to share a quick Thanks
for a wonderful functional, and
beautiful piece of art. Within moments
of using the McClung  I could see
what the hype is about. It's perfect.
The wife and I are retiring the end of March.  We plan to travel quite
a bit the rest of this year to start out.
That means I'll be shipping remotely on the longer trips. I plan to
keep producing  products for Hill Country Stringworks for quite
some time, I just won't be in the shop as much.
The last several months have been tough on me physically from all
the repetitive motion. I have relied on extra help to keep things
moving and hope to have grand kids to pick it up later on.
I love what I do, but need a break.
It is perfect.  Within seconds, my
playing improved from this simple
posture adjustment.  Plus, it's a
beautiful piece of wood.

Cheers, Sir!  Happy retirement!

Roland F
Ebony 1/2 OTP $57
Big Muddy
Walnut Big Muddy
Ebonized Rosewood
Cherry 1/2 OTP $47
Ebony 1/2 OTP w/inlay
Quartersawn Sycamore
Ebonized Rosewood
These are about the
same size, but the
photo is skewed
Left Hand
New HD Curly Maples posted 9/25

A few more in final level/polishing.
Email with a photo for color matching.
I will be out of the shop 10/05 - 10/28.
I will have most of my inventory with me
and will be able to ship remotely.
Rosewood Big Muddy
$47Walnut 1/2
Ebonized Rosewood OTP
(Over The Tailpiece) $49
Over The Tailpiece
Hey I have now used both
instruments ( just one until last night)
and both are awesome. I'm going to
reposition them just slightly after
hours of use because I see the
optimum position they need to be at.
My band mates have given me props
for the clarity they have added
to both instruments. They have given
more volume making it easier to
play ( less force) and with more
dynamics added to already incredible
instruments. I would and have
recommended them to others. One
picker commented " I thought it was
part of the mandolin ". So
that speaks of the quality and
attention to detail. Thank you for
such an incredible asset to my prized

Doug I can't say enough about how
this enhances the angle of attack
from my pick hand and also
keeps my arm from aching after
hours of jamming. Also the McClungs
price for a custom piece is very
reasonable. ��

John B