View Full Version : My muth

Paul F
Nov-13-2007, 9:37pm
After about 19 months, Larry Muth has begun work on my instrument. In the end, it will be quilted, blond, ivory binding. Here is the back, before the first rough carving.

Paul F
Nov-13-2007, 9:38pm
Same wood, different shape

Paul F
Nov-13-2007, 9:39pm
And now, the neck:

Paul F
Nov-13-2007, 9:41pm
Another view of the neck:

John Hill
Nov-13-2007, 9:54pm
Nice. Not that it doesn't already but the back will look awesome once stained.

Nov-13-2007, 10:00pm
It is a shame the back will be so plain looking...yeah, right! What a pretty piece of wood. Sure will be exciting to see this finished.


Nov-14-2007, 9:42am
I love seeing a nice quilt on a frosty morning. Spectacular wood.


Bruce Evans
Nov-14-2007, 11:03am
Ahh, another maple junkie. I have a Larrivee parlor guitar in quilted maple, a Breedlove Quartz mandolin in quilted maple, and a custom archtop tenor ukulele in - ready? - quilted maple. Love the stuff. I was at a festival and saw a lady with a 3/4 size stand up bass in quilted maple. What a body!

The bass. Didn't really notice the lady. Yeah, I got it bad. Looks like you do too. It's gonna be cool.

AW Meyer
Nov-14-2007, 11:59am
That's a gorgeous chunk of quilted maple there. I have no doubt the finished product will be excellent. I've had my Muth mandolin since June/06. It is a fine instrument with great tone and looks. Larry's work is getting better and better. I met with him in September. He wanted to see how my mandolin had come along after 15 months or so. He also showed me one of his latest -- his first varnished mandolin. Yummy!

Paul F
Dec-06-2007, 10:40am
One more, this just in, of the peg head inlay.
The anticipation is beginning to wear me down.

Skip Kelley
Dec-06-2007, 1:09pm
Nice peghead inlay and the quilted back is awesome!

Dec-07-2007, 4:55am
'n when your finnished lookin' at it you can listen to it. love the sound of quilt.. ..

Paul F
Dec-16-2007, 8:47am
Dear fellow voyeurs, here is the most recent update, the addition of binding on the peg head.

Mark Walker
Dec-16-2007, 9:44am
LOOKIN' GOOD! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Paul F
Dec-21-2007, 6:20pm
One of 3 new pictures received today

Paul F
Dec-21-2007, 6:21pm
#2 of 3

Paul F
Dec-21-2007, 6:22pm
#3 of 3

Dec-21-2007, 6:42pm
The back of the headstock is amazing! Its a shame there has to be tuners on it. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

AW Meyer
Dec-22-2007, 12:39pm
Yes, Larry does some nice stuff with maple burl on the back of the peg heads. Here's mine:

Paul F
Jan-05-2008, 10:08pm
Most recent updates...

Paul F
Jan-05-2008, 10:09pm
And this...

Paul F
Jan-05-2008, 10:10pm
And finally...

Sheryl McDonald
Jan-05-2008, 11:22pm
#3 of 3
What are the patches next to the tone bars? Part of the tuning process, or put there to clamp against?

Or now that I think about it, maybe somethin to do with the f holes?

Dan Voight
Jan-05-2008, 11:30pm
#3 of 3
What are the patches next to the tone bars? #

Or now that I think about it, maybe somethin to do with the f holes?
Probably to prevent tear out and cracking around the f holes.

Paul F
Jan-06-2008, 7:00am
That is gauze around the f holes. Larry Muth (the builder) had this to say about it:

"The gauze on the inside of the "f" holes is to help prevent the top from splitting along a grain line. It is standard in mandolins. This area, on a mandolin receives allot of activity with picking as opposed to the violin which does not have its area touched by the bow and therefore they do not put the gauze on the violin top."

I'm still not clear myself about this, and wonder if some fabric remains after the hole are cut. Anyone else familiar with this practice?

Skip Kelley
Jan-12-2008, 9:56pm
Paul, it is coming along nicely! Keep the pictures coming!

Paul F
Jan-28-2008, 6:08pm
In this, the fretboard is just sitting on the neck, not yet attached (though by now it is).

Paul F
Jan-28-2008, 6:10pm
And finally,

Paul F
Feb-05-2008, 6:04am
Nearing the end. The tape is to keep the finish off the fingerboard. It is too cold in Saskatchewan to spray right now.

Paul F
Feb-05-2008, 6:05am
The back, stained, unfinished.

Paul F
Feb-05-2008, 6:06am
And the back of the peghead, stained, unfinished.

Feb-05-2008, 7:26am
Looking great - I love the colour


Paul F
Feb-13-2008, 8:22pm
WIth the second of 3 coats of finish:

Paul F
Feb-13-2008, 8:23pm
It will cure awhile, then a final coat, buffing, and in the mail.

Feb-13-2008, 8:41pm
It's'a very nice'a.

Mark Walker
Feb-13-2008, 9:20pm

In that latest photo, is that the natural grain showing through the F-holes? #Or some sort of birds-eye quilted label?

Regardless, it's VERY obvious (and cool-looking) in that light and angle! #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Paul F
Feb-13-2008, 9:27pm
Hi, Closetetc.,
I don't know what that is inside the f holes, and likely won't until I take possession of the mandolin, which will be near the end of the month. Larry Muth has been sending me these progress reports. I'm curious, though.

Skip Kelley
Feb-13-2008, 9:40pm
It looks like paper to keep the back and inside clean during the finishing process. Very nice mandolin!

Mark Walker
Feb-14-2008, 8:44am
It looks like paper to keep the back and inside clean during the finishing process. Very nice mandolin!

Skip - that could be it. #Sure has that 'quilted' look to it if it IS paper! #
However - obviously - if it IS paper or tape stuck up to the top from underneath to keep it clean in there, it'll have to be removed. But it looks pretty cool with that in there - whatever it is - in that photo! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Feb-15-2008, 3:14pm
Wow. It's looking great. That's a killer piece of maple on the back, and I really like the back of the headstock.

I'm glad I didn't click this link back in December. I couldn't have stood the anticipation.

Paul F
Mar-05-2008, 6:28am
Due to be delivered in 2 days, these just arrived from Larry Muth. How will is sound? I'll have to wait. I may post a few that I take myself when I have a chance.

Paul F
Mar-05-2008, 6:29am
Headstock with hardware

Paul F
Mar-05-2008, 6:30am
Detail of the quilted back