Das right dudes
Its a octave mando, or a tres depending on how she gonna B strung up, but we aint there yet.
See, about 5 years or so back Bobalou gifted duh Padma this here billet of Mutant Spruce Lutz that he snafood on his visit to see the Mario DaCosta at Spruce Tone Woods.
Well me was very surprised with Bobs generosity and kindness that me promised to name the instrument after him when me got around to using it.
Now about a month or so ago my very own personal instrument had an amp fall on the body....real bad. So me decided to make me another one. It would be faster than fixin the mangled one.
and so here it is...."the Bobalou"
Mutant Lutz spruce top, cocobolo back with some banding me ran about 15 years ago from padauk, birch, cedar and spruce, balony inlayed ebony fret board, ribs and neck are wishbone construction in cedar, cantilevered fret board, and the trim gonna be padauk and holly. She gonna be around a 22 to 23 in. string length and possibly even an oval sound hole ~ we see when we gets there.
Here is the cedar body on its solara....notice the inside padauk corner block with the white holly strips. The holly strips and part of the padauk will stand proud of the ribs on the outside, that way me don't gotta inlay all that corner banding....sneakie eh!
Gooed on the back..............................
Commin up next is carving the top Lutz top plate....
More pics as it progresses.