Mandrake Dynasty is an Ash Mandrake’s solo studio project focussing on his guitar innovations. There are 8 of these guitars. Ash designed them to explore varieties of the bass and the tres. There are 4 single concept guitars and 4 hybrids which explore fretless/fretted, bass/tres and other combinations on the same neck.
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The Dynasty Motif
WITHIN MANDRAKE DYNASTY THERE ARE FOUR SINGLE CONCEPT GUITARS:
Tres Mandrakus Octave pairs tuned in fourths (6 string)
Reverse Tres Octave pairs tuned in fifths (6 string)
Bastard Bass Two string course/ octave pairing (4 String)
Balrog Baritone (4 string)
THERE ARE FOUR HYBRID GUITARS EXPLORING MIXED CONCEPTS ON THE SAME NECK:
Mandrakus 9 (9 String) (fretless baritone and octave tres in 4ths)
Pentroid Hybrid Mirror Tres (10 String) (bass end tuned in 5ths [unconventional string pair tunings] treble end tuned in 4ths [octave string pairs]
Mandrakus 8 (8 String) (Fretless bass and octave tres in 5ths)
Bastard Balrog (6 string) (Fretted long course bass and fretless short course baritone)
ALL ARE ORIGINAL CONCEPTS CONCEIVED AND DESIGNED BY ASH MANDRAKE
(Hybrid guitar conversion and building work by Andy Manners, Stephen Canty and Jacob Nettle)
THE 8 GUITARS ARE USED IN FOUR ASH MANDRAKE BAND COLLECTIVES:
MANDRAKUS: Mandrakus 9 .
SHAKMANDAR: Mandrakus 8
KESHANADRAM: The prile of tres guitars
DANE SHAMRAK: The prile of basses
To read more about the instruments used in these enterprises click here