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Steve Hinde
Feb-09-2010, 9:31pm
Anyone have pictures with this combo? I have one I am getting ready to stain, and would like to see some examples. Also looking for some different green shades to shoot for.
I am thinking of a green back and sides with a black face.


Feb-09-2010, 9:52pm
My all time favorite green mandolin is Dale Ludwig's "Greenie" (http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?p=667777&highlight=green#post667777) that Larry managed to get away from Dale. Granted no tortoise binding.

My second favorite is James Condino's Cricket (http://www.condino.com/cricket.html). Again no tortoise binding. I think if your green isn't too deep the tortoise would look pretty cool.

I wonder if you had a thin layer of white sidebound to it if the reds would show through more. Green and Red are complimentary colors so that would be pretty cool on a snazzy mandolin. There are many examples of tortoise binding in this recent thread (http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?t=58724&highlight=tortoise+binding). You'll note on many of the darker bodies, a line of white is often, and in my opinion, smartly used.

Let us see what you end up with.


big h
Feb-09-2010, 10:21pm

Feb-09-2010, 10:37pm
You're only allowed to have a green/tortoise if you play it on the bus.

Steve Hinde
Feb-10-2010, 7:00pm
I always back up the tortoise with either white/black or just white to get the amber to show. Without the white behind it, it is all brown. And, the thinner I can get the tortoise, the more the color variations show. I usually triple bind as well. The black edge gives a scraping line and clear delineation to the white strip. I waste a lot of material trying to find some good color too.
Thanks for the links that helps a LOT!


Feb-12-2010, 1:03am
Well said, Martin. Well said.