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Known for handcrafting the finest acoustic instruments with tremendous care and attention to detail, Bruce Weber understands that the color of your instrument can be equally as personal and expressive as the music you play.  That is why we are offering a FREE COLOR UPGRADE*!

Love the color of the Scarlet Fire but the appointments of a Rawhide?  Does the Gallatin fall easily into your price range but you like the look of the River?  Well, now is your chance to have it all!  Take advantage and get the color of your choice through the end of November.  

This offer is available in ALL body shapes and sizes, including resonators, archtop guitars and the ever-popular Octar.   Don’t have a dealer in your area?  Contact us at 888-886-7598 or online, and our team will be happy to help.   Does not apply to existing orders.

*Cannot upgrade Gallatin's to a Black Ice finish. Below is a sample of some of our colors.

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The Bluegrass Situation is the online hub for American roots music, culture, and lifestyle reporting and curator of one-of-a-kind live shows, concerts, and workshops. They’ve been fostering a tight-knit, tech-savvy, real-life roots community since 2012. The brainchild of two passionate creatives, Ed Helms and Amy Reitnouer, The Bluegrass Situation brand has snowballed in no small part because of the resurgence of American roots in the culture at large – a yearning for the handmade and authentic – but also because of a high standard for the very best talent, quality content, and finely tuned aesthetic. The Bluegrass Situation is representative of a broader community: one that respects a rich and varied history yet looks ahead for ways to innovate its traditions, translating them into their own authentically modern, carefully curated lifestyle.

The festival took place at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles the first weekend in October. This years' lineup consisted of names like Dawes, Punch Brothers, Della Mae, Wild Reeds, Sam Outlaw, Spirit Family Reunion, and Weber artist Dustbowl Revival and many more great musicians. Weber has seen first hand how amazing this festival is and wanted to be apart of it. “The 2015 LA Bluegrass Situation contained an incredible lineup, and we knew what we had to do,” said Bruce Weber about sponsoring the LABS. “We were so lucky to have Fretted Frog represent us there.  We just wanted to be apart of the music culture that we belong in,” continued Bruce.

Weber got in touch with our good friend Roland with The Fretted Frog music store in Pasadena, CA to see if he would be interested in holding down the Weber booth at the show. Roland, being the great friend he is, said yes of course! So the Weber team shipped down a few instruments to him, and he managed the booth while selling a few Weber mandolins and giving away some Weber swag.

One of the best parts of the sponsorship was seeing that Weber banner behind the Plaza Stage. The LABS family set up cornhole games, vendor booths, etc. near the Plaza Stage to encourage people to relax, play, and listen to some great music. Weber deems this festival as a great success, and we hope to remain partners with the Bluegrass Situation family for years to come!

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Anyone familiar with country mega star Carrie Underwood? If not, she first rose to fame in the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Her powerful vocals and soulful lyrics have brought her success almost immediately. Throughout the show her talent stuck out and it lead her to be the winner of American Idol. Since her debut on American Idol she has won a vast array of awards, has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and also into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

You might ask, “So what does Weber Fine Instruments have to do with Carrie Underwood?” Well, Carrie’s utility player, Jimmy Herman, is a die hard Weber artist. The multi-instrumentalist was raised on a rural west central Wisconsin (Pleasantville,WI) dairy farm, where country music was relatable to his family's everyday, hardworking life. He began touring with Carrie in 2008, and has developed quite the track record for live performances. He has played on the Grammys, ACM and CMA Awards, on Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Ellen, American Idol, Saturday Night Live, and more. Jimmy has had the opportunity to play many instruments and the fact that he chose a Weber mandolin as his go to is pretty impressive. “If you have ever picked up a Weber instrument, you know the brilliance that it must have taken to create such a beautiful looking and sounding piece of art.  Bruce overlooks whatever his workers produce; sometimes making them redo pieces and steps until it meets his standards.  He is picky and precise.  He knows when that instrument leaves his shop, it has his name and reputation on it and if it's not perfect; it doesn't see the light of day,” says Herman.

Bruce Weber and Jimmy got together to create a special Weber Mandolin. They call it the “Muley” mandolin, with a perfectly inlayed mule deer skull on the headstock that Weber drew up himself. “I have used it on every tour, tv show, and album since it arrived at my doorstep,” Jimmy states. And folks, he isn’t lying about taking Muley everywhere! Carrie Underwood recently performed her newest single “Smoke Break” on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and guess who was rocking a mandolin right beside her? That’s right, Jimmy Herman with his Black Ice Weber mandolin named “Muley”!

To check out Carrie Underwood’s tour dates go here and to learn more about Jimmy Herman go here.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based One Ton Pig melds the singer-songwriter tradition of artists like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash with the imaginative genre-bending of jam bands. The result is a fingerprint aesthetic that blurs the lines between folk, jazz, country, bluegrass, gospel and rock’n’roll. Tim Farris, mandolinist in the talented musical group, plays a Weber Yellowstone mandolin, utilizing the clean, earthy, Weber tone along with a variety of pedal effects and his own unique style.

Over the summer Tim and his One Ton Pig bandmates headlined the annual Jackson Hole Live. It was a huge turn out, great supporting fans, and a lot of fun. “Last year, One Ton Pig opened for Old Crow Medicine Show so it was fun to headline this year,” Farris tells us. If you find yourself in Jackson Hole you can find them at their residency at The Wort on Tuesday's.

After One Ton Pig’s exciting summer, they are eager to announce their New Year's Eve show featuring Tony Furtado Thursday, December 31 at Mangy Moose Saloon, Teton Village, Wyoming, US.  Tony is widely regarded as one of the world's best instrumentalists. Check back with Weber Player News for updates on One Ton Pig and ticket info for their New Years Eve Bash! 

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Marie Miller, who is taking the music industry by storm, is a gorgeous 26-year-old with dark locks and a voice of an angel. She recently performed her biggest gig yet, The Festival of Families. The Festival of Families is an international celebration of family, community, and faith. The general public is invited to attend this joyful gathering to celebrate support and love. During this event, well known performers entertained and educated participants from all around the world.

Weber was able to catch up with Marie after her performance. “Walking on stage felt like a dream, the stage itself was just beautiful, and the whole crowd was beaming from seeing Pope Francis. The best part for me performing was the opportunity to play my original songs for such an important figure that I look up to. I was quite nervous in every aspect, but I felt that even if I made a mistake in my set The Pope and the audience would be forgiving. The promoters requested “6’2”, which was accompanied by a beautiful ballet piece from the Pennsylvania Ballet. I also chose “You’re Not Alone” because I wanted to deliver the message of the importance of community on such an occasion. I chose to perform with my Weber mandolin so Pope Francis would be able to hear the beautiful sounds from American traditional music,” Marie described.

Marie Miller is a fine musician, and the Weber family is happy to have her as an artist! Marie’s performances are soulful, enchanting, and she really knows how to move the crowd! To learn more about Marie Miller head over to her Weber artist profile! In the meantime watch for more great things from Marie, we have a feeling there will be more to come. 

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Recently the Weber team has been releasing short clips of the craftsmen here who want you to know what their favorite colors are in light of the Weber Free Color Upgrade. The recent videos have caused a lot of talk in the mandolin community. Jimmy Herman, an avid Weber collector and multi-instrumentalist for Carrie Underwood, caught wind of these videos and wanted to share his thoughts on the stunning Weber colors.

Jimmy began playing the fiddle at age four and was playing in bands by age seven. Herman has quite the musical background and is very particular with the instruments he plays. “If you have ever picked up a Weber instrument, you know the brilliance that it must have taken to create such a beautiful looking and sounding piece of art.  Bruce overlooks whatever his workers produce; sometimes making them redo pieces and steps until it meets his standards.  He is picky and precise.  He knows when that instrument leaves his shop, it has his name and reputation on it and if it's not perfect; it doesn't see the light of day,” says Herman. Jimmy who has quite a few Webers wanted to talk about his Weber Black Ice “Muley” F mandolin and his new Weber Desert Dawn “Wapiti” Octave.

For “Muley”, Jimmy and Bruce got together to find the perfect mix of  rock n roll and country in a mandolin. The beautiful instrument is equipped with a mule deer skull inlay on the headstock drawn by Weber himself and complete with a rock n roll color. The color of choice you ask? Black Ice. Black Ice is a visually breathtaking finish and is unlike any traditional mandolin you have ever laid eyes upon. The double stained back shows ever bit of the flamed maple in gray and charcoal tones and leaves you astonished. “I have used it on every tour, tv show, and album since it arrived at my doorstep,” Jimmy states.

As for his newest Weber obsession, Jimmy and Bruce created a completely custom vintage octave mandolin. This beauty features an elk skull inlayed at the headstock and elk hoofs for fret markers. The color he chose for this…drum roll please.. The Desert Dawn. “I chose a Satin Burgundy Burst. The burst is what I envision when I think of vintage mandolins, the finish guy over at Weber knocked the color out of the park! I’m calling this one “Wapiti”, said Herman.

Here at Weber the new Free Color Upgrade has inspired us. Now more than ever we are hearing what Weber lovers color choices are and what the color means to them. We encourage Weber fans everywhere to share what their favorite color is!

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Anyone familiar with country mega star Carrie Underwood? If not, she first rose to fame in the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Her powerful vocals and soulful lyrics have brought her success almost immediately. Throughout the show her talent stuck out and it lead her to be the winner of American Idol. Since her debut on American Idol she has won a vast array of awards, has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and also into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

You might ask, “So what does Weber Fine Instruments have to do with Carrie Underwood?” Well, Carrie’s utility player, Jimmy Herman, is a die hard Weber artist. The multi-instrumentalist was raised on a rural west central Wisconsin (Pleasantville,WI) dairy farm, where country music was relatable to his family's everyday, hardworking life. He began touring with Carrie in 2008, and has developed quite the track record for live performances. He has played on the Grammys, ACM and CMA Awards, on Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Ellen, American Idol, Saturday Night Live, and more. Jimmy has had the opportunity to play many instruments and the fact that he chose a Weber mandolin as his go to is pretty impressive. “If you have ever picked up a Weber instrument, you know the brilliance that it must have taken to create such a beautiful looking and sounding piece of art.  Bruce overlooks whatever his workers produce; sometimes making them redo pieces and steps until it meets his standards.  He is picky and precise.  He knows when that instrument leaves his shop, it has his name and reputation on it and if it's not perfect; it doesn't see the light of day,” says Herman.

Bruce Weber and Jimmy got together to create a special Weber Mandolin. They call it the “Muley” mandolin, with a perfectly inlayed mule deer skull on the headstock that Weber drew up himself. “I have used it on every tour, tv show, and album since it arrived at my doorstep,” Jimmy states. And folks, he isn’t lying about taking Muley everywhere! Carrie Underwood recently performed her newest single “Smoke Break” on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and guess who was rocking a mandolin right beside her? That’s right, Jimmy Herman with his Black Ice Weber mandolin named “Muley”! 

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About Jose's history with Weber:

"A friend of mine had a Weber Absaroka standard mandolin some years ago and I really liked his. I was playing guitar mostly with him at the time. Soon after our musical time together ended I saw a beautiful Weber Absaroka octave mandolin at Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan, an exact larger version of my friends that I just had to have.  That was my first Weber purchased in 2010.

In 2011, I was checking out the Mandolin Café website and saw a Weber Gallatin A model mandola that a fellow was selling.  I had no real intention of buying anything else, but after speaking with the guy I decided to go for it.  I must admit I was attracted to the honey-colored finish on the mandola and bought it without hearing it- I trusted that it would sound as wonderful as the seller claimed.  He was right, and my previous experience with Webers told me to trust that intuition. 

As for the Octar itself, I had always been enamored with the arch topped, f holed, guitar bodied octave mandolin as played by Tim O'Brien and Sarah Jarosz. They have such a voice, a presence, especially on the lower end.  When I saw Weber had it's own version of that instrument, I knew it had to be a special instrument.  As with my other two Weber purchases, I bought it seeing only a picture of an Octar, having not plucked a string on any of my purchases prior to buying them.  I had played several Webers at Elderly, Down Home Instruments in Frankfort, Illinois and Gruhn's in Nashville. Every one was rich and beautiful sounding from the mandolins to the mandocellos.  But for whatever reason, I wasn't ready to buy at the times I had actually laid my hands on some at the various shops.  While I'd never done that with any guitars or other instruments, i.e. actually trying them out before purchasing, it attests to the total trust I had that Weber was INCAPABLE of constructing a mediocre instrument. Also, the first rate attention I received from Suz at Two Old Hippies,and the good folks at Elderly Instruments made the experience all the more exceptional. 

I have been primarily a guitar player in various bluegrass/old timey bands with the occasional acoustic rock songs thrown in the mix over the past 40 years. I had always had some dabbling with the mandolin, but only really started seriously learning my way around the mandolin family about 10 years ago. As most people play a standard mandolin, getting out an octave or mandola at a jam (and now, an Octar) elicits responses of surprise and ultimately, delight.

So, I can honestly say that Weber instruments have enriched my musical life; heck,my life in general. They have made me a better player; they certainly have made me sound better."

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Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments creates amazing handcrafted instruments in Bend, OR, U.S.A.  Known for building its mandolin family of instruments – Weber is also known to throw a few unique body shapes in the mix.  The Weber Octar is definitely one of those.  “I love eight stringed instruments!!”  says Bruce Weber, Master Luthier. “Anything that carries six strings can be improved by converting it to eight!  After listening to our first archtop guitar, it took mere moments to decide this body, tuned as an octave, with a 23 1/2 “ scale would be killer.”  

The Octar delivers a big body sound - rounder and throatier than any mandolin family of instruments deliver.  Its an instrument that is easy to play with its 15” bottom bout and 4” deep body that just doesn’t quit when pushed.  

Weber artist Peter Fand describes it like this, “The Octar is something special. It has such a unique and defined character to its voice, which seems to play between the classiness of a sophisticated old-time cocktail party, and a back porch romp.”  

The Octar fits in any genre.  Great for backing up folky ballads and really at home in Celtic music.  Bluegrass even works well because of its unexpected voice and performance.  Fand goes on to say, “It’s been a wellspring of compositional ideas since it arrived, and promises to be a lifelong musical partner.”  

The Octar is available in all aesthetic packages and can be ordered at your local dealer. 

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Sierra Hull, a Weber artist, has no limitations as a musician. At age 8 she was given her first mandolin. By age 23 she has played the White House, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, traveled the world inspiring others with her music, and has released three albums. Many artists cannot compare to Sierra Hull who has accomplished a successful career in music at the ripe age of 23. 

Sierra, the talented and beautiful musician, has been nominated for the IBMA for the eighth year in a row. There is a high chance she will be the first woman ever to win in the mandolin category.

Even though she has not yet taken home the Mandolin Player of the Year award, she remains the youngest and only woman to be nominated in the category. “Weber is honored and proud to have such a wonderful artist in the family. We are always excited to see what Sierra brings to the plate and we are confident that this year the award will be hers,” Bruce Weber of Weber Fine Instruments says.

The IBMA will take place October 1, 2015. To learn more about where the IBMA will be held and where to purchase tickets go here. Be sure to be on the lookout for Sierra’s new album dropping in 2016. Check back in to hear the release date!
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