View Full Version : Dickinson # 8  done!

Nov-06-2007, 12:58am
Here is my lastest wittle stick. This is a F2 style body but I used the F5 scale lenght for a longer faster neck.
I also used tone bar construction inside.
I used rosewood for the fretboard, bridge, and finger rest. I really like the look of the rosewood fretboard.
I wanted to do a rosewood headstock too, but didn't trust my inlay skills in rosewood, I hear it has to be perfect, kind of like the soundhole rosette.
This is my 3rd ovalhole, I remember my 1st rosette took me about 5 days the first time and a lot of e mails to Hans for help. This one I made and cut the channel (with a razorblade) and got it inlayed in about 5 hours. No room for error on these, but they sure look good.
I added a birdseye veneer to the back of the headstock, gives it a nice "finished" look.
I also cut the sound hole just a hair smaller than spec and tap tuned the plate to about a Cb, looking for a good tubby sound and boy did I get it!
The volume and tone on this #8 is incredable. It has a real "tubby" loud low end and a sweet sounding high end. This one sounded A+ in the first 1/2 hour of playing, never had one sound so good right off. The "E" sounds a little tight like it is holding back but I'm sure in a month or two it will loosen up and wake up. I played it at a friends for the first (real) try out and it was fantastic! My buddy Bill has a pretty heavy hand he played it about 45 min. and I noticed when he handed it back that "E" string really woke up a lot, started sounding louder and more bell like. You can tremelo on a open "G" full tilt and it has zero fuzz,buzz just a loud wooden thumpin real deep tone.... love it!
Color: is a stain called honey mixed with some other shades along with a couple yellows.
Finish:Spirit varnish blond.
Shaller tuners (non reversed). not by choice.. long story!
Bill James Tailpiece.
White MOP inlay.
and reversed Binding! (Black line on the sides)
Enough of my words, heres some finish photos (Enjoy Yonkle)

Nov-06-2007, 1:00am
The back side flame maple

Nov-06-2007, 1:03am
A closer look at the back with some sun shine, same color as the fall leaves on our maple trees.

Nov-06-2007, 1:06am
Here is a birdseye view of the birdseye head.

Nov-06-2007, 1:08am
close up of the rosette, pickguard, you can see the color of the rosewood bridge too.

Nov-06-2007, 1:11am
close up of the flame and scroll. I have been making my scroll opening bigger lately, but think I am going back to a tighter slot next time.

Nov-06-2007, 1:13am
I just made a rosewood tru rod cover to night, not put on yet, plain black looks fine tho http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Nov-06-2007, 1:19am
another back angle. You can see "Abby the Basset" pacing back and forth keeping close guard of the new axe!

Nov-06-2007, 1:32am
Abby! it's me... your'e paw ! Back off! She wouldn't let me get any closer! I told her to keep an eye on it while I went in to get some coffee and she's letting this guard dog stuff really go to her head!

Nov-06-2007, 1:36am
Last shot. Me, the proud papa Only reason I'm not smileing, I'm still in shock, the damn dog about took my hand off getting this thing from her! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/coffee.gif

Nov-06-2007, 3:36am
How do you post a sound clip? Never figured it out http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Skip Kelley
Nov-06-2007, 7:16am
John, the mandolin is awesome! I love the extra point! You selected some real nice wood for this one also! Great work!

Mark Walker
Nov-06-2007, 7:23am
JD - VERY well done. That mandolin is sharp fore and aft; starboard to port! (Sorry - gearing up for another sad anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald here in Michigan's Lake Superior. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif )

Seriously, that is a fine job on that mandolin. #Fit, finish, wood selection - everything. #Keep up the great work. # http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

PS - I never considered Bassets to be guard dogs. #That's a whole new paradigm to overcome! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif

Nov-06-2007, 8:22am
Very classy, John! Does the guard dog howl when the mando barks?


Tom C
Nov-06-2007, 9:12am

Nov-06-2007, 9:17am
Love the color and concept. Great job.

Jason Kessler
Nov-06-2007, 9:41am
Really beautiful.

Nov-06-2007, 9:58am
MAS attack!

steve V. johnson
Nov-06-2007, 2:20pm
JD, that is some really, really beautiful work, and a wonderful combination of the F features of different models/periods.

I was just going to admire your work in silence, but then I saw your classified, and I have to say that I think this mandolin
may be the bargain of the decade.

I'm not "in the market," nor do I have the dough, but that's a wonderful price for such a nice instrument.

Well done, a beautiful instrument, congratulations!


Nov-06-2007, 2:32pm
It's sooooooooooooooo nice to see the three point being revived. This is truly a golden age of luthiery. Lots of very high quality takes on standard designs, new concepts, bringing back old designs...no wonder we all have MAS. It's like being a kid in a candy store!

Lane Pryce
Nov-06-2007, 8:45pm
Yep ----- its all good. Very well done!! Lp

B. T. Walker
Nov-07-2007, 4:43am
Very nice. It has been fun watching this beauty come together; thanks for the ride. Enjoy!

Nov-07-2007, 6:39am
Beautiful! The sunburst color is fantastic.

I, too, prefer a tighter scroll, but it certainly doesn't detract from this mandolin.

You have an extremely high level of craftsmanship for only being on #8.