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ShaneJ
Feb-21-2006, 10:29pm
After the first top split on me due to a thin recurve and/or using Titebond II to join the top (last March), I'm finally making some progress again. I am not quite ready to string it up yet. I still need to fit the bridge. Other than that, it's "in the white".

I know a lot of folks don't like an F-style peghead on an A-style body. Actually, I prefer a snakehead myself. But I originally intended to make this an F-style. After being a bonehead rookie and cutting the top out upside down, I decided to just cut off the scroll and points and go with it. I already had the neck done.

LOTS of "learning experiences" so far! Here's the peghead....

ShaneJ
Feb-21-2006, 10:31pm
Here's the rest of it

ShaneJ
Feb-21-2006, 10:34pm
Back...

Lane Pryce
Feb-21-2006, 10:39pm
Shane I like it. The peghead looks equally at home on the A body. The inlay looks great too. Another way of looking at the Florentine peghead on the A body is getting the best of both mandolin worlds. You did just fine!! Lp

Coy Wylie
Feb-21-2006, 10:41pm
It looks cool. I am amazed by first-builders here on the cafe! Your headstock logo is sweet too.

ShaneJ
Feb-21-2006, 10:53pm
You'd be less amazed if I had Mr. Biemborn's macro lens camera! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Skip Kelley
Feb-22-2006, 7:22am
Shane, Awesome job! I relly love the inlay; It's classy!

Gibson A5
Feb-22-2006, 8:59am
Great job, love the way you did your logo!
Bill Pruitt

thistle3585
Feb-22-2006, 9:34am
The inlay looks great. Well balanced. Did you cut it yourself? What is the letter style?

ShaneJ
Feb-22-2006, 1:00pm
Thanks for the kind words, y'all. I did cut the inlay myself. I only broke 1 or 2 pieces. The "EN" is joined, but the other letters are individual pieces. The font is "Enview", I think.

I lost some color on the abalone flowerpot by leaving it a little proud. I thought I'd do that so I could sand it down perfectly flush. I got it nice and flush, but some of the color was very thin. It still looks OK, but not as pretty as it was. I'll know next time to get the depth right before sanding.

Stanley Cox
Feb-22-2006, 7:55pm
Shane, That is a fine looking mandolin.You have really done well. I believe that it will sound fantastic. If you start on the finish now it will be ready for Mr. Sam Bush to put some notes in it. The inlay and the binding looks great. Well done.
Stanley http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

ShaneJ
Feb-22-2006, 9:51pm
You think I could get Sammy to teach it how to play? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Stanley Cox
Feb-22-2006, 10:52pm
Forgot to ask about the tailpiece wha kind is it? Sammy will put awhole lot of notes in it but he wont tell you where they are. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Stanley

ShaneJ
Feb-22-2006, 10:54pm
Tailpiece is an Orrico. I may break down and get a Bill James though.

mandoJeremy
Feb-23-2006, 1:25am
Shane, that really looks great but I somehow knew it would because you seem to a good learner and someone that cares to take their time and do it right. Excellent job and I can't wait to see that first F style. By the way, I like the peghead on there and that inlay does look nice!

ShaneJ
Feb-23-2006, 8:54am
Thanks, Jeremy! I hope I can pass the scroll test when I get the F done! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

mandoJeremy
Feb-23-2006, 11:53am
I'm sure you will have no problem with that at all!

sgarrity
Feb-23-2006, 12:19pm
Thats your first effort? Looks pretty darn good to me. The F-style headstock adds a little something unique. I like it. I might have to et on your waiting list before it gets full! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

ShaneJ
Feb-23-2006, 1:40pm
It's full. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

It's been almost 18 mos. on this one, and I'm still not done. I have an F oval top that needs a body, and I want to try an F-5 too. At this rate, I may never get past all the "learning" mandos. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

pick up the world
Feb-23-2006, 1:46pm
I love A_style mandos with F-style heads!!! NICE WORK
Hey my birthday is on sunday. Would like to see a present like that http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

MOLE
Feb-23-2006, 6:58pm
I LIKES IT!!!! THAT'S WHAT MY NEWEST IS. I'M USING THE F HEADSTOCK ON THE A BECAUSE I JUST LIKE THE LOOKS OF IT OVER THE "SNAKEHEAD, PADDLE, BLOCK, & ETC." I KNOW A LOT OF MANDOLINERS WILL DISAGREE, BUT COOLNESS IS IN THE EYES OF THE ONE THAT GOTS IT. AND IF IT'S REALLY A HUGE ISSUE BUILD A "F" WITH A "A" HEADSTOCK. NOT BEING SMART 'CAUSE I AIN'T GOOD AT IT. JUST BUILD IT LIKE YOU WOULD WANT ONE BUILT FOR YOURSELF.

ShaneJ
Feb-25-2006, 12:14pm
I got it strung up about an hour ago, and nothing has imploded so far! That's always good. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

I put J62's on it, just to go easy though. I am pleased with the sound. Obviously tight at this point, but sounds better now than it did when I first tuned it up. The J62's are thin-sounding too. It does sound significantly better than my beater Kentucky I've been playing since I started building this one. (That, of course, isn't saying much.)

I am waiting on some bone to laminate a piece on top of the bridge and get it properly intonated (as best I can). Also, I'm going to put a little more V-shape on the neck. I left it a chunkier U-shape to see if I liked it. It's a little thick.

Other than that, ready to stain & finish and hope it opens up and sounds good while I get to work on the next one.

Like so many other novice builders here, I REALLY appreciate all the help and advice from the pros. Whether it's a direct answer to my questions or answers to so many others' questions, I learn more every day from you guys.

John Hamlett, Dale Ludwig, Michael Lewis, Chris Baird, Jamie Wiens, Jim Hilburn, and all of you others that share information, ideas, wisdom, and tips - thank you!

Stanley Cox
Feb-25-2006, 6:08pm
Its amazing how much work gets done after a little shower. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif Good looker Shane.

Stanley http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif