now to the other one...
I got a *big* Christmas present this year so I am not only the lucky owner of an Almuse Jazzmandolin since the forelast week, but I was also able to order this DejaVu Electric Mandola kit from Tom Morici @ Moongazermusic.com. Wanna give you some field report in this thread here... share pics, show the building process and so on...
Well, to say the truth I had some trouble with the shipping because the German toll hold the packet back and I had to pay 82€ trade sales... First I was kind of miffed but finally I entered that dough as my special private donation to avoid state bankruptcy
So I was very curious about what the kit would be like...
I didn’t take photos from the accessories; it’s exactly as on Moongazer’s website except the Almuse Classic Humbucker I ordered. I missed just one thing – there is no screening foil into the set. I will definitely add some to prevent buzzing.
The body seems to be cut very accurately and had a careful pre-sanding. The neck (16,5'' with upgraded ebony fretboard) seems delaborated thoroughly and feels heavy and stable. Will be certainly a pleasure to play with
I pondered a lot about the design, I wanna give the instrument a hint of those pictures hanging into our living room:
Means that I’ll give it a graduated raspberry / crimson colour tone with silver on the edge that I will shape asland round the whole body.
While surfing around I found some examples that caused an order of a nice shelled maple veneer:
First I thought to veneer the whole surface, but the grain of the wood isn’t that bad especially at the left half – and I didn’t like the large black pickguard too much. So I finally decided to glue the veneer on a 4mm plywood and to cut a larger scratchboard out of it. I tried to simulate that just to get an idea of the form:
The veneer will give the scretchboard some nice pattern (still have to decide which side and if asland or straight):
I’ll stain it in a lighter raspberry with some burst of orange around the orange stripe of the veneer itself. The body will be stained in some darker raspberry that tends to black at the body’s border. I’ve got quite much time for this because I’ll spray the finish into my garage and the outside temperatures should be around 20°C therefore. It may be pentecost until that... give you an update here from time to time...
Have a good time,