The McClung
A new concept in armrests
2. The standard 28mm hardware will fit side     
depths of 1 3/4"- 2", the 26mm 1 5/8" -
1 3/4"  Please check your size!
I have other sizes for some larger  
Nickel & Gold hardware only at this time
Collings MT w/Curly Maple McClung
Wayfaring Stranger
Elaina Mitchell Beard: violin
David McClung: guitar
Doug Edwards: mandolin, standup bass
HCS 2011 Birdseye Maple two point
2011 HCS Birdseye 2point
Pick Boxes
$25 - $65
Ebony $50
Hardwoods $40- $50
1/2 OTP
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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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.

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.

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 A
Traverse City, Michigan
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

Thanks again!
Best wishes to you and your family,

Ian Goldstein
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!

Roland F
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

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
Maple McClungs
$45 - $50
2011 HCS A5
Red spruce top, KOA neck back &
sides w/ curly maple binding,
James tailpiece
2011 HCS 2 point
Red spruce top, BE maple
back & sides, James tailpiece
BE McClung & PG of course
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
great product.

-Jason D
Big Muddy Mandolin
Specific  $40 - $50
1.  Select one of the armrests with a
BUY  NOW   Button.  
3.  Email or call /text your mandolin depth if it's 1 5/8" or
over 1 7/8".  Otherwise I'll assume to send the
armrest with 28mm hardware.  Thanks
817.239.6425  call or text
I’m really liking my new arm rest. I used it for the second chapel
service. It helps my playing, & it really looks nice too.

Pennny Lea Clark #purplehulls
The OTP armrest can be
positioned to cover a little
or fully over the tailpiece
My good friend David McClung has partnered with me to
make armrests, repairs, & inlay work.  I'm excited with what
he brings to the table  You can call or text
David 830.955.3399
Hi again Mr Edwards.

Just to let you know that the armrest worked a treat.
It hasn't slipped off so far  and the difference it makes to my right
hand action is astonishing. It frees up the wrist to play fluidly and
that in turn improves the coordination with the left hand.
For Irish music the right hand does a lot of triplets and
syncopated picking and the McClung stops your right hand
cramping up.
It's truly miraculous! All of the reviews I had read about the
McClung were true!

Thank you so much.
Left Handed Players only
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New maples, ebony, rosewood
and more being posted every day!
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Ebony $50
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