View Full Version : Dickinson (JD) F5 #5 (with Virzi)

Feb-01-2006, 3:56pm
I started a photo thread in the builders forum of this mandolin being built, here it is complete. Started Thanksgiving 2005 - DONE FEB 1st 2006 #Set up and playing fine!
*Curly Maple Back,Sides,neck
*German Silver Spruce Top
*Shaller Tuners
* Randy Woods Bridge
*Bill James Tailpiece
*My own JD Pickguard
*Fern Inlay,MOP logo
*12" Radius Fretboard
*Double Bound W/B/I
*Virzi Fitted
*Shallac Finish
This one plays, feels and sounds great right off the bat!
Looks..... What say you? # Enjoy JD #(Hey Becky time to pick!)

Feb-01-2006, 3:57pm
Full back shot

Feb-01-2006, 3:58pm

Feb-01-2006, 3:58pm
Back Scroll

Feb-01-2006, 4:01pm
Front close

Feb-01-2006, 4:02pm

Feb-01-2006, 4:04pm
Blond Shallac 2# Cut, good shine

Feb-01-2006, 4:05pm
Went from J.D. to Dickinson on the headstock

Feb-01-2006, 4:06pm
Made my own pickguard too and bracket.

Feb-01-2006, 4:08pm
I made this bracket, did my own "tap and die" Also inlayed a nut into a piece of Ebony and beveled the edge into a "wooden Nut" for looks. No bolt showing on the outside made the link out of ebony too. #A little different. (I see I have dust under the guard already)

Feb-01-2006, 4:10pm
Her she is in her new coffin.... I mean home!

Feb-01-2006, 4:11pm
left to right #1 #4 #5 and #2 (sold #3 to make #5)

Feb-01-2006, 4:12pm
Proud Papa! (Darn I was hoping for a banjo!)

Feb-01-2006, 4:13pm
inner lable on old paper

Feb-01-2006, 4:14pm
Close up of headstock

Feb-01-2006, 4:15pm
LAST PHOTO (Me with the family)

Jonathan James
Feb-01-2006, 4:28pm
Outstanding work, JD! I know your latest is new, but can you contrast the tone/sound of the new one with virzi to your other F5's??

diamond ace
Feb-01-2006, 4:46pm
Very nice work! I would love to play one of those.
Just wondering how much do you charge for one like that?

Great work.

Feb-01-2006, 5:01pm
Beautiful work!! This could turn into a "Thinking of a Dickinson" thread if you keep making them like that http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Feb-01-2006, 5:31pm
In regard to the Virzi, it's too early to tell the tone, it has not woke up yet. However the tone is different, hard to discribe, maybe more fluid, less edge. Still very new only picked about 1 hour, still doing adjustments ect, I will clue you in when she "comes to" JD

Phil Jolly
Feb-01-2006, 5:32pm
Wow, that is beautiful

Stanley Cox
Feb-01-2006, 5:50pm
JD, Great looking work. Whos plans are you using now? Keep it up.
Stanley http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Brad Weiss
Feb-01-2006, 5:51pm
One of the prettiest headstocks I've seen- not to take anything away from the rest of it! Must be satisfying...

Feb-01-2006, 5:56pm

Feb-01-2006, 11:10pm
Yonkle, you have certainly come a long way in a very short time. I don't know what else one could want in a mandolin besides what you have built there. That is a great job.

Feb-01-2006, 11:11pm
Oops, almost forgot....you definitely get my scroll approval (not that you needed it!).

Feb-01-2006, 11:31pm
Wow, looks great, John. Nice work! I like the sunburst. Did you cut the signature inlay by hand?

Feb-02-2006, 1:24am
Here is the scroll in the white. The stained photo it looks red in that light, but in indoor light it looks brown, I did add some red to the brown, guess it shows outside. The sunburst can see all 3 colors outside looks like 2 colors inside. JD
PS: A girl in Viet Nam cut the Dickinson name in MOP $12
(for 12 bucks its a no brainer, I couldn't cut it myself for that much and it would look bad to boot) JD

Feb-02-2006, 1:38am

Skip Kelley
Feb-02-2006, 7:17am
Nice work John!! I love the sunburst; perfect color! That mandolin is everything a mandolin should be, awesome job!!

Scotti Adams
Feb-02-2006, 8:08am
Looks very nice...you should be proud. Did you cut the script inlay?...I like that alot.

Feb-02-2006, 8:10am
JD, that's VERY nice! Unbelievable for #5.

Feb-02-2006, 9:32am
Very nice JD. Would you be so kind as to post a pic of the F4, or direct me to a thread where it is shown.

Chris in Canada

Austin Clark
Feb-02-2006, 10:44am
Very nice John. When are you going to bring it over??? Is that the new pickguard?

Lane Pryce
Feb-02-2006, 10:56am
JD looks like it has "clicked." Fine job and I do so admire your creativity. Were you gonna pass out cigars with this one? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif Lp

Feb-02-2006, 10:59am
Wow JD! Great work! And amazing turnaround, especially with the holidays if they consume as much of your time as mine (I've got youngish kids, nieces, and nephews to shop for). Your carving, inlay, and finish look flawless in the photos.

I seriously considered buying #3 when I saw your ad... if finances permitted I would have snagged it. Probably the last chance to get a good price on a Dickinson! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Paul Doubek

Feb-03-2006, 3:16am
Comando..... F4 is Here ...> http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin....f4+done (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=7;t=24050;hl=f4+done)

Philip Halcomb
Feb-03-2006, 8:47am
Excellent job Yonkle, those look like some fine mandolins.

Feb-03-2006, 11:36am
Thanks for all the nice comments, Austin.... Yes that is the new pickguard (finger rest) I actually had to make another after you cut that one out on your bandsaw. I messed up the binding on it, I ended up making (3) guards before I was happy with one, but now I know how to do it, the 3rd one didn't take long at all. JD (I,ll bring it by soon)

Feb-03-2006, 1:15pm
WOW! The lines of that mando look just perfect - right how they should be. For a #5 that is incredible. Can you elaborate on the Shellac finish. Why not varnish? The finish has a gorgeous sheen to it. How does it affect the sound compared to a varnish and is it very soft?

Feb-04-2006, 2:02am
The finish is Blond Shellac flakes cut with alcohol. 2# cut then later a 1.5# cut. Sprayed on then hand buffed out. Yes shellac is soft, much softer than lacquer,scars easy in the first few days of playing if not careful, so far I have only had to buff out a couple scratchs nothing bad. In 4 weeks or so I will look for any flaws after it has shrunk more and rub them out, and then play the hell out of it. I did a little more fine tuning on the nut and bridge tonight and got it feeling pretty "jammed up and jelly tight!" sounds starting to get louder and tone showing signs of "good mojo!"

Bill Snyder
Feb-04-2006, 8:47am
JD, did you carve this one from scratch?
You definitely have got the skills to make a fine looking instrument. Could you give contact information on who supplied the MOP name and did they do the rest of the peghead or just the name?