View Full Version : F-5, and 2 Two points

Neil Dean
Nov-08-2005, 10:06pm
I meant to post some of these photos before IBMA but I didn't have the time. I was glad to hear from other builders that I wasn't the only one working down to the wire.

This F-5 has a german top and a one piece sugar maple back. It has ebony appointments and an oil varnish finish.

Thanks for viewing and I'll hopefully have my website updated by weeks end.


Neil Dean
Nov-08-2005, 10:20pm
This next mandolin is a prototype two point that I spoke of briefly in an earlier post. It is the same L&H pattern, but increased about 4%. This new larger pattern makes the two point about the same size as my F and A-5. I'm very happy with it..



Nov-08-2005, 10:33pm
Very nice... on both counts, but I'm really liking the 2 points you folks are building. Great work!

Paul Doubek

Neil Dean
Nov-08-2005, 10:39pm
This last mandolin is a good example of some of my custom work. It was made for a schoolteacher in WA. that wanted to have a mandolin that could also be used as a tool in the classroom. She wanted to have a red-eyed tree frog motif. We went back and forth with pictures and drawings, and finally settled on this.

This mandolin has a german spruce top and red maple back and neck. The sides are more of that flat sawn crazy maple from Bruce Harvey.

Thanks for looking,




Nov-08-2005, 10:40pm
That F5 is absolutely amazing. I feel MAS flaring up again.


Jim Roberts
Nov-08-2005, 10:47pm
Beautiful work, Neil!

Nov-08-2005, 11:41pm
That F-5 just rocks!!! I like the others but I am an F-style guy. Simply gorgeous!

Nov-08-2005, 11:42pm
*drools* wow............i mean wow http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Nov-09-2005, 1:00am
Hey Neil - Great to finally meet you last week. #All of your mandolins were amazing but as you already know I absolutely loved the f5. Keep up the great work man. # Hopefully I will actually get to take one of these home someday soon. Take care - Pate

Nov-09-2005, 1:21am
Okay... that's too much! I want the one with the frog! Excellent!


Nov-09-2005, 7:48am
Great work! It was so nice to meet you in Nashville and get to see your mandos in person.

The butterfly on the headstock of that custom is just awesome. Also love the 2 pts.


Nov-09-2005, 8:52am
I love your work!


Nov-09-2005, 9:17am
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Nov-09-2005, 10:42am
Neil - these instruments are breathtaking! #Your two-point could quickly become a new industry standard.

Can you tell us about the "floating" type of tailpiece you're using on these mandolins? Is there a sonic reason for these or is it just asthetics?

Nov-09-2005, 11:04am
Looking great Neil!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jeff A
Nov-09-2005, 12:17pm
Neil, Good to see you last week at The Compton/Long show. Sorry we couldn't hang around on Thursday and see the new ones. Other than the one piece back,which I love,that new F5 looks my #35 which is getting better every day.

Nov-09-2005, 1:27pm
They are all gorgeous instruments. I'll give you $150 for the blonde with the fancy inlay.


Scotti Adams
Nov-09-2005, 2:58pm
..those look absolutley great..I love the back on the F....hope to test drive one someday..

Nov-09-2005, 7:21pm
Nice work, I really like your tailpiece. I think it compliments the 2 point very well.

Neil Dean
Nov-10-2005, 1:35pm
Thanks alot everyone for all of your comments. It was nice to meet and see some of you again down at IBMA. I get a kick out of meeting people that I have been reading their posts for years and finally get to match a face with their name.

Mandopete. I use the floating tailpiece predominantly for aesthetic reasons, however I have noticed their ability to slightly warm up an instruments voice as well as increase sustain and bring out more overtones. I also like the fact the the tailpiece is pulled into place by the string tension. This design does not exert extra downward pressure on the instruments top like some of the cast designs do.


Nov-10-2005, 4:33pm
This last mandolin is a good example of some of my custom work. #It was made for a schoolteacher in WA. that wanted to have a mandolin that could also be used as a tool in the classroom. #

I'm thinking that teacher's class offerings include "Principles and Practices in M.A.S. 101".

Nov-17-2005, 5:00pm
Neil, Thank you for sharing. That F-5 is simply awsome. One beautiful instrument. I would love to hear what it sounds like.

Steve Davis
Nov-18-2005, 10:53am
I like your two-pointers very much! Maybe some day I can figure out how to save enough money to get one.