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martinedwards
May-05-2006, 5:25pm
I already posted this in the builders section, but I know, well I'm choosy about which sections of forums I go & play in, so for all you non builders.... here's my first attempt at building a mando. the construction is a little off the normal.........

OK, I bought a mando off ebay and couldn't play it cos the skinny little neck just didn't get on with my big pudgy fingers.

SO.......

Here we have my attempt at a mandolin with an adult sized string spacing (sorry all you purists, just ignore me & I'll go away!!!)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e328/gowanedwards/4f270a66.jpg

the back is an inch thick slab of mahogany that used to be a bench in a science classroom. I milled it out hollow to 3.5mm thick, leaving an edge all the way round as a side. The top is a plank that I found in the woodstore here at school, carved in the traditional(ish) manner to roughly 4mm thick all over. The neck is a 3 piece mahogany sycamore mahogany laminate with a scarfed head at 14 degrees. Faceplate is a little bit of beech I had laying around. Fingerboard is rosewood, bridge, tuners, tailpiece & truss rod from Stewmac (where else??) Truss rod cover still to be done, but will be similar to the one on my acoustic Les Paul

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e328/gowanedwards/40600028.jpg

OK, I APPRECIATE that there will be purists here who will hate it and I accept that, but for a first attempt at a scroll I'm perty pleased!!

grandmainger
May-05-2006, 6:05pm
Martin,
Cool stuff http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
I like the optimistic numbering (#0001) http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif
Germain

JEStanek
May-05-2006, 8:10pm
Nice work. Better than I've made!

Jamie

troika
May-06-2006, 2:36am
I see you're planning on building at least a thousand.

martinedwards
May-09-2006, 2:02pm
well, since posting this pic I've had two orders!!!!

Both for lefties believe it or not