Since 2004, I have almost exclusively played Kimble Mandolins. Will Kimble, besides being one of the nicest guys one could hang with, is a genius with wood and wire. Will would say this isn’t so, but I will differ. He crafts a mandolin that is distinctive in look, feel, and sound. His mandolins are not like the myriads of small builder mandolins on the market. Whether it’s an A, 2-point (J), F, mandola, octave, or other mandolin family instrument, Will produces something that is both art and tool. His mandolins have defined my sound. I can easily play a blues, dive off into a percussive rock tune, and then back off into a Norman Blake vibe.
I’m not a paid endorser for Will. I’m a friend and a fan who wants to make it clear that I’m proud to know the man and play his instruments.
Currently I play a 2008 A5, a 2009 octave, and a 2005 Kimble FO. Below are videos of those, as well as the various Kimbles I’ve played and owned since 2004.