Cedar $40 - $45
A new concept in armrests
Please provide the depth of your mandolin
The standard 29mm hardware will fit 1 3/4" -
1 7/8", the 26mm 1 5/8" - 1 3/4".
I have other sizes for larger mandolins
Chrome, Nickel, & Gold hardware
Collings MT w/Curly Maple McClung
Elaina Mitchell Beard: violin
David McClung: guitar
Doug Edwards: mandolin, standup bass
HCS 2011 Birdseye Maple two point
2011 HCS Birdseye 2point
Hardwoods $40- $45
(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.
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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!
*FYI, Eastmans can be 1 5/8" - 1 7/8", The Loar also. Please
check when ordering. Instruments with rounded edges may
require special consideration.
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
extraordinary...like 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 armrest...it's never
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.
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 !
Traverse City, Michigan
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.
Best wishes to you and your family,
Doctoral Candidate in Music
University of California, Berkeley
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.
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!
HDCurly Maple OTP $53
Ebony 1/2 OTP $53
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
Wanted to let you know my armrest came today and
apologize for not emailing sooner, but my excuse is
I’ve been playing the “new” mandolin all afternoon!
Wow, what a change and boy is it a beauty too: the
armrest! I look forward to getting one of the more
fancy styles in the future with a few of your other
craftsmanship items, but for now I’m just loving
what I’ve gotten!
Thanks again! So super impressed. I’ll call
you/email you when I’m ready to setup my next
order and we’ll go from there.. awesome find and
you can know that I’ll be passing you along to
others I come across in need of your work!
10 Stars (out of 5)!
Big Muddy Mandolins and similar
Not a good pick for traditional mandolins
$45 - $50
2011 HCS A5
Red spruce top, KOA neck back &
sides w/ curly maple binding, James
2011 HCS 2 point
Red spruce top, BE maple back
& sides, James tailpiece
2011 HCS 2 point
Red spruce top, curly maple
back & sides, James tailpiece
Got the armrest today, super fast
shipping. It was simple to install with
the included tool and instructions. It
looks great on my mandolin and does
wonders for my picking arm. I put
nearly five hours into picking today
with the rest installed and I noticed a
better angle on my pick attack, and best
of all, the tension in my forearm is gone
as the edge of the mandolin body is no
longer digging into it. The improvement
was immediate and very noticeable.
Well done, and thank you for such a
I'm entering in to semi-retirement, so
availability of products will be less. Those
items with a Buy Now are ready for sale.
I'll still have some offerings show up on the
website and mandolin cafe from time to time
but will not be able to offer custom pieces.
Rosewood made the CITES List and is harder to obtain.
Big Muddy Mandolin
Specific $40 - $45
More in progress,
check back soon
I'll be out of the shop 2/20 - 3/6
Last shipping will go out 3 pm CDST