A. Lawrence Smart made this CGDAE instrument for Mike Marshall. He played it for me over the phone, and it sounds amazing. I was daydreaming about this kind of instrument and emailed Mike about it, and it turned out that the finishing touches were just being put on it.
Mike says the fanned frets are quite comfortable, and that he's really happy with it. I put in an order myself...I always hear lines (and especially chords) going lower than the mando range. This should be a lovely instrument for all kinds of playing, particularly jazz.
Looks odd. Sounds great!
I've never heard Django play a note without commitment.