-Contributed by James Bolenbaugh-
I could be wrong about the year, but I believe he made this in 1999. The story goes; every high school graduation, my grandfather would give his graduating grand child a mandolin that he made especially for them. When it came close to time for me to graduate from high school, he was working on a BEAUTIFUL mandolin made out of mesquite. For those who don’t know, I would guess this is probably one of the only instruments ever made from that wood. I was in love with it, and watched it progress. Then months before I graduated my younger cousin Katherine Beringer came over from Australia, and he gave her the mandolin because he figured it was the last time he was going to see her before she graduated high school (or Uni… or whatever they call in the commonwealth.) I think he registered my composure while screaming on the inside “WHYYYYYYYY?!?!?!” So he gave me the only mandolin he ever made expressly for himself. It’s a five string tiger maple beauty, and inscribed on the inside is “Handcrafted for Ted Beringer by Ted Beringer.” Though that mesquite mandolin was a hard one to watch go, I am so incredibly honored to have been given the one made for the king.