View Full Version : Elkhorn Cocobolo F-5

Feb-20-2009, 11:09am
Just wanted to post a few photos of the latest Elkhorn F-5. It has Cocobolo back, sides, neck,and fingerboard,Western red cedar top,12 inch radius fingerboard,Waverly tuners with ebony buttons, hand engraved James tailpiece,fossilized ivory nut, and a hand rubbed spirit varnish finish. This was somewhat of a test to see how the hardness of the Cocobolo and the softness of the Red cedar worked together. The result is and incredibilly rich , full sounding instrument with a great tone all over the fingerboard. Enjoy the Photos! Thanks for checking this out. All best, Robb

Feb-20-2009, 11:12am
great gooogaly mooogaly!!! that is stunning!

Feb-20-2009, 11:13am
Holy smokies! That looks wonderful. The headstock inlay, normally called Torch and wire is all shell! I would love to hear that one playing some jazzy stuff. I can only imagine the tone.


Feb-20-2009, 11:24am
hey robb,
that is one awesome looking mandolin and i'm sure it sounds great! my F model #4 sounds better everyday. it has a deep woody chop and the notes really pop out of it. whoever gets this beauty will be greatly pleased. keep up the good work

Chris Biorkman
Feb-20-2009, 11:40am

John Malayter
Feb-20-2009, 11:49am
Really nice, wow is that neck angle huge or is it me.............?

Brad Weiss
Feb-20-2009, 12:17pm
sheesh, virtuosic building there. I love the tone of most cedar soundboards.

Joe Mendel
Feb-20-2009, 12:30pm
That is pretty!!!!!!

Feb-20-2009, 1:09pm

Feb-20-2009, 3:38pm
Stunning is the word. The figure on that colobolo along with a complimentory finish makes for a great looking instrument. Would love to hear that baby if you can post an MP3 or video.

Feb-20-2009, 3:48pm
humina humina

Feb-20-2009, 4:33pm
Nice! How was the cocobola to bend?

Bill James
Feb-20-2009, 5:19pm
Very nice Rob!

Feb-20-2009, 6:48pm
Looks great, that side wood has some beautiful stripes, and nice work on that torch and wire!

Charles E.
Feb-20-2009, 7:39pm
Very nice, how was that Cocobolo to carve ?

Rick Turner
Feb-22-2009, 12:25am
Well now, that just went onto the list of instruments by other luthiers that I'd like to own! And it's not a very long list...

Ken Olmstead
Feb-22-2009, 12:49am
Holy frejoles! Man that is flippin' gorgeous!! Very nice work! I LOVE DIFFERENT!!!

Skip Kelley
Feb-23-2009, 7:55am
Robb, That mandolin is awesome! I love cocobola! To me it is one of the most beautiful woods available. Nice work!:)

Trey Young
Feb-23-2009, 9:32pm
that is one fine looking mandolin Robb, really dig that torch and wire inlay.

Feb-23-2009, 10:58pm
Thanks for telling me the pictures were up Robb. That is beautiful.


Feb-24-2009, 9:02am
Thanks for all the positive comments about the Cocobolo mandolin. It was definatey a challange to work the stuff; it is really a dense wood and sometimes it was like working steel! It really was worth the effort as the end result was great. Thanks again to all who commented. All best, Robb @

laddy jota
Feb-24-2009, 9:30am
It appears that you are taking a different approach on the carving of the back. I don't see any recurve. Am I seeing correctly? Maybe this is a compromise to the hardness of the cocobolo or just a preference? I made a wenge mandolin once and I know what a tortuous task it is to carve some hardwoods.

Feb-24-2009, 9:51am
The back of the mandolin definately has a recurve, it's just that I'm a little better at building than I am at photography. The lighting and the way the grain runs just makes it hard to see. I'll see if I can find a better shot. Robb