View Full Version : Fan-fret Electric Mandola

May-04-2005, 3:21pm
Here is an electric mandola I made last winter. I really like the fanned frets; the scale varies from 14-1/2" to 15-1/2".

The quilted maple top cap came from Bruce Harvie. http://www.silphium.net/images/mandola-1.jpg

May-04-2005, 3:30pm
too cool! Can I add this to emando.com?

May-04-2005, 3:43pm
I'm verklempt... Talk amongst yourselves... #Did you cut the fretboard yourself? #Does it fret true? #Is that a tiny switch in line with the knobs? #What does it do? #If you could change anything on it, what would you change? #

What an awesome piece! #I'll give you $50 cash for it...

May-04-2005, 3:44pm
man is that pretty- i love quilted maple!!

May-04-2005, 3:53pm
Pretty...but I'm with mike on this...how does it fret and what is the advantage?

Baron Collins-Hill
May-04-2005, 4:19pm
i need one of those tailpeices! whered you get that? that thing is amazing! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif

May-06-2005, 3:50pm
How does it play? You can just barely tell the difference; just a tiny bit more stretching on the bass side. The string tension feels more even across the strings with a longer bass. The fret job may not be as accurate as what I normally get with the Stew-Mac saw-guide and template system, but I was as careful as possible and think it intonates pretty well.

The tiny switch was for the previous pickup, a Strat-sized rail pickup with a coil tap. It isn't used with the current pickup which has just two wires.

Anyone can use the photo if they want.

I originally designed this as an eight string:


but the fingerboard just wasn't wide enough to get proper string spacing. Live and learn! I have another similar electric mandolin almost put together which has ten strings: CC-GG-DD-AA-EE, sort of a mandola-mandolin. I'll put a full-size humbucker on that one.

The body wood under the maple cap is Eastern red cedar, clear and quartersawn. The control access panel on the back is curly maple, 1/8" thick.

The tailpiece is a chunk of a guitar bridge blank with the grain running up and down. I inset it into the body and glued and screwed it in place. The strings run through holes counterbored to receive and hide the ball-ends.