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Nov-24-2002, 2:23pm
There are so many beautifully done headstocks. I was wondering if the folks could post closeup pictures.

What gave me the idea was the closeup picture of the Duff mandolin headstock. Just beautifully done.

Nov-24-2002, 10:03pm
Steve Smith 10-string bouzouki

Nov-24-2002, 10:42pm
head stocks

Nov-24-2002, 10:45pm
my beater (breedlove)

G. Fisher
Nov-25-2002, 12:37am
This is my Brentrup 23V.

G. Fisher
Nov-25-2002, 12:39am
Here is my friend Chad's Gilchrist.

Bob DeVellis
Nov-25-2002, 8:32am
Here's a little something different -- a century-old Martin Style 5.

Nov-25-2002, 9:38am
Rather pedestrian in comparison, but here's a ca. 170 year old Eulry:

Nov-25-2002, 9:41am
My Alvarez A800 "Baroque"


Nov-25-2002, 1:04pm
Coleson #16

Nov-25-2002, 1:32pm
1998 Gilchrist 5

Nov-25-2002, 7:18pm
Here's my fav from a Gibson F-4:

Jim Hilburn
Nov-25-2002, 8:06pm
Heres the peghead on #21.

Dan Cole
Nov-25-2002, 10:15pm
Ibanez 524, circa 1977


Nov-25-2002, 11:16pm
1908 Martin "Unidentified special"

Nov-25-2002, 11:21pm
Early 1900s John Brandt style 2

Nov-25-2002, 11:21pm
Phoenix Deluxe #283

Dan Cole
Nov-25-2002, 11:31pm
Weber Big Sky - 2002


Nov-26-2002, 2:45pm
Here is a '99 Gilchrist octave mandolin peghead modeled after a Loar mandocello peghead that Steve repaired.

Nov-26-2002, 2:48pm
'89 Gilchrist mandola peghead that was pictured on the cover of Steve's first brochure.

Nov-26-2002, 2:52pm
'97 F-5 black faced Gilchrist. One of the few (like Alan N's pictured above) that has "The Gilchrist" versus just "Gilchrist."

Nov-26-2002, 4:29pm
I love that Gilchrist 'cello-patterned headstock...reminds me, I need a haircut.

Nov-26-2002, 6:27pm
Here's a question - When did the practice of adding the word "The" to name of manufacturer begin and why. I have a Flatiron F-5 which bears the name "The Flatiron" and have seen this on Gibsons and the Gilchrist's above.

Nov-26-2002, 8:07pm
Hi Mandopete!

I am guessing that Gibson started this in the early part of the twentieth century. #The top of the line F and A models (F-4 and A-4 models, before the Loar F-5) had "The Gibson" designation in their headstocks. #I suspect that Flatiron carried this practice over for their best instruments but not sure. #Gilchrist only did this on 3 or 4 instruments, thus it is rare.

Nov-26-2002, 9:47pm
A couple of Gibson's

Nov-26-2002, 10:12pm
A Lyon & Healy mandocello.

Nov-27-2002, 2:37am
Interesting tuner variety (Waverly???) on vintage F-4.

Nov-27-2002, 9:02am
This is from my Weber Bitterroot custom. I haven't seen others use this striped ebony, but I think it looks kind of neat, if non-traditional.

Jeff Hoelter
Nov-27-2002, 10:24am
A few Nugget headstocks from http://www.greatdividemusic.com/

http://www.greatdividemusic.com/GDWebOnly/Nugget196ph.jpg http://www.greatdividemusic.com/GDWebOnly/NuggetA239ph.jpg http://www.greatdividemusic.com/GDWebOnly/NuggetStdF246ph.jpg

Nov-28-2002, 12:05pm
The word "THE" I have a 1896 "The Merril" this pre-dates "The Gibson" so I read somewhere on this site. I have always wondered why the word "The" was there

Nov-28-2002, 12:59pm
Weymann mandolute

Nov-28-2002, 2:58pm
Here's an exotic one from a late 19th century Neapolitan mandolin in a collection in Milano...

ho la la!!!

Nov-28-2002, 3:33pm

If I'm not mistaken, that Milanese mando has the entire headstock veneered in tortoiseshell...


Nov-29-2002, 10:07pm
Keep those pictures coming. The one's so far are great !


Bob DeVellis
Nov-30-2002, 3:48pm
This is a Trillium octave mandolin.

Nov-30-2002, 3:56pm
Can we see the rest of the Trillium mandolin in the "regular" picture-post section. The top is gorgeous.

Nov-30-2002, 6:59pm
Ok - here's a closeup of the Dude #21 Peghead.

Jim Nikora

G. Fisher
Nov-30-2002, 9:44pm
Here is my 1981 LaPlant.

G. Fisher
Nov-30-2002, 9:46pm
This is my 2002 LaPlant.

Michael Lewis
Dec-01-2002, 1:40am
Style 18 headstock

Dec-02-2002, 12:46pm
That's a very nice headstock Michael....Great work!

Dec-02-2002, 1:26pm
The 19th c. Germanic/Austrian guitar heads were amongst my favorites to incorporate the flat-scroll-in-profile motif. Please don't lynch me, but to my eyes it is more elegant than the standard F-style head. I've also seen it applied to domra. I'd be keen to see some luthier apply the notion to mandolin.



Dec-02-2002, 3:32pm
Here's my Sigma SM-6S (imported, set up & distributed by C.F. Martin). #Don't know how old it is - bought it used in '96. #Headstock says: "Sigma Mandolin, Est. 1970".


Plamen Ivanov
Dec-02-2002, 3:34pm
All are great, but the Neapolitan from Milano - WOW, WOW, WOW! Incredible!!!

I put it on my Desktop!

Dec-02-2002, 4:17pm
Monteleone Grand Artist

Dec-03-2002, 4:31pm
The "Old Man" and "The Lady"

Dec-03-2002, 4:54pm
Wow, how about the rest of the instrument(s).

mad dawg
Dec-03-2002, 5:11pm
This from a recent acquisition...

Dec-03-2002, 8:54pm
Anxiously awaiting its arrival...

Dec-04-2002, 8:29pm
2002 Davy Stuart LT8 mandolin

oldwave maker
Dec-05-2002, 10:39am
The yellow-meated melondolin "Sweet" and the aquamarine radio flyer ripoff "whoa!"

Dec-05-2002, 12:08pm
Mad dawg,
and the string?

Jim Hilburn
Dec-05-2002, 7:57pm
This is the peghead of my first mandolin made in '79. Straight Siminoff.I even called him to order the tuners at 7 AM Mountain time,thinking he lived on the east coast,but he had moved to California,so I got him out of bed at 6 AM to make the order.
Nugget did the finish on it for $200.Those were the good ole days.

Dec-06-2002, 5:22am
Herman, your mandolins look fantastic! Who made those?

greetings, Arto

Dec-07-2002, 4:58pm
Hey guys, lets keep those headstock pictures coming.

Marty Jacobson
Dec-07-2002, 7:15pm
My personal favorite, for obvious reasons... :-)
Check out those ears on the neck. They're 3 pieces each, alternating maple & cocobolo, so you get that sweet stripe down the center, which is the inverse of the maple/cocobolo/maple center part of the neck. Sweet!

And the pretty lass, too... the reason she looks like she's got a great tan is because she's copper, in case you were wondering. :-) Goes great with the copper and ebony jazz-guitar-style trapeze tailpiece...


Dec-08-2002, 1:07pm
A delicious, graceful Embergher provided by Alex elsewhere on the board:http://mandolincafe.net/iB_html/uploads/post-6-12550-Embergher_kop_licht_scan04a.jpg

Dec-09-2002, 7:33am
Here's my Gibson F4

Dec-09-2002, 4:44pm

mad dawg
Dec-09-2002, 6:29pm
Mad dawg,
and the string?

MPO - we prefer to use cat-gut.

Gavin Baird
Dec-11-2002, 5:08pm
Head Stock of Bill Thompson's F4

Dec-12-2002, 4:34pm
The head and tuners on my Santos Beirao Lda., ca.?http://mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

John Hill
Dec-12-2002, 9:22pm

How about some photos of the whole thing, looks like a beauty so far.

Jim Hilburn
Dec-12-2002, 10:28pm
I really like the coco ears.I got to hold a Loar this past weekend,and was struck by how they used the black veneer overlay on the back of the peghead to hide the fact there were seams as well as starting the scroll climb so you don't see the seams.You,on the other hand used the seams to get a nice,contrasting look.
Watch out for that cocobolo.It can produce rashes if you let the dust get on you.

Dec-13-2002, 4:24pm
Here's a couple by Michael Lewis.

First, the D'Anjelico Mando

Dec-13-2002, 4:29pm
And the headstock on one of his Brazian rosewood F models

Dec-13-2002, 4:32pm
and a traditional F style headstock

(this one is mine!)

Dec-14-2002, 12:14am
sam bush...

Dec-15-2002, 3:02pm
Mike's Pricetone #33

Dec-15-2002, 3:06pm
Here's my D1M Dearstone headstock....

Marty Jacobson
Dec-15-2002, 11:08pm
Thanks for the kind words and caution. I actually had my first run-in with inhaled cocobolo dust turning bowls a while back. Something like an instant severe head cold... :-)
I use a dust mask now... at least, whenever my little brother's watching.

And I don't care what anyone says. Mr. Lewis is the man. Keep 'em coming!

Dec-17-2002, 12:38am
Hey ArtDeco -

I love those Michael Lewis headstocks and tailpieces. When are you going to post some pics of the mandos they're attached to?

Dec-17-2002, 9:02am
Dudenbostel #2:


Dec-31-2002, 2:59pm
89 Flatiron F-5 Custom....my new Baby....

Albert Whiting
Dec-31-2002, 5:02pm
my mando headstock

Charles Johnson
Dec-31-2002, 5:04pm
1993 Limited Edition #55 of 200 - from my personal collection.

Charles Johnson
Dec-31-2002, 5:09pm
1981 Grit Laskin 10 String Octave Mandolin from my personal collection.

Charles Johnson
Dec-31-2002, 5:12pm
1940 Gibson F4

Dec-31-2002, 5:50pm
1998 Syrian oud:

Dec-31-2002, 5:52pm
1913 F-4:

Jan-01-2003, 8:04pm
The headstock to my newest Phoenix mandolin, #301, from Rolfe Gerhardt.

Django Fret
Jan-01-2003, 11:16pm
My first time posting, so I hope this works.

Django Fret
Jan-01-2003, 11:18pm
And here is a picture of the back of the headstock...

Jan-02-2003, 4:53pm
Here's the headstock on my 1998 (Gibson) Flatiron "F-5 Special."

Jan-03-2003, 8:44pm
I finally couldn't resist anymore. Here is my Stinnet. Dated Dec. 2000.

Albert Whiting
Jan-04-2003, 12:35pm
here's my kick butt weber fern

Jan-04-2003, 3:13pm
I've seen this Weber before, about 12 posts ago. It is beautiful; do you have two?

Jan-06-2003, 10:36am
2002 Peter Coombe A-5 w/ Nugget / haircut headstock...love it!

Matt Livingston
Jan-06-2003, 3:44pm
Here's the headstock to the mandolin I made at the 4-H Workshop led by Don Kawalek. #I did the inlay at home. #Its based on a necklace bought at the gift shop at Bryce Canyon National Park.

Jan-10-2003, 2:31am

Jan-19-2003, 12:04pm
Hey folks, with all the beautiful mandos people are talking about, how 'bout putting up some nice closeups of the headstocks?

Jan-19-2003, 10:59pm
C'mon, Peakbagr, give us a headstock of yours!

Jan-20-2003, 8:51am

Guilty !!!!

I have a digital camera provided by my employer and pictures of my Rigel. I'm having problems trying to scale the pictures down to a size the Board accepts.
Hope to have this figured-out by the time Hans Brentrup gets to building my mandolin next year.


Jan-20-2003, 2:14pm
My Collings F....sweet instrument....

Jan-20-2003, 3:17pm
My first try.

Jan-20-2003, 7:09pm
Collings MT2R

Django Fret
Jan-24-2003, 11:42pm
Hodson Djangolin over 78 RPM cover

Jan-27-2003, 2:49pm
F-4 by Mark Bluett

RI Jim
Jan-29-2003, 5:31pm
I found this picture while cleaining out the shoebox !! A couple of years old, but still a pretty nice looking picture..
It took roughly 8 hours to do and i LOVED every minute of it ! Why would anybody pay money to see a shrink when they can do pearl inlay work ! It'll cure whatever ailments you have ! Life is Good .

Jim http://mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif)

Jan-29-2003, 5:55pm
Troiano #6

Joe F
Jan-30-2003, 3:39pm
The headstock on my Freshwater FF-101 deep-box mandolin. #My instrument was the first one he shipped with the new headstock design, featuring pewter inlays for the "Freshwater" name and thistle design.

Feb-09-2003, 4:26pm
Collings MF-5R

Mar-16-2003, 9:48pm
My Givens...

J. Wiens
Mar-18-2003, 7:01pm
Here's one of mine.....

G. Fisher
Mar-19-2003, 7:48pm
Let's try this again.

Mar-19-2003, 8:55pm
Greg....were you by chance over to Hans' place today mando tasting?

Apr-24-2003, 11:35pm
With deer antler inlay I designed.

May-09-2003, 1:33pm
Here are a couple of pegheads that I recently got back from my inlay guy, Paul Bordeaux. I'll let his work do all of the talking.

May-09-2003, 1:37pm
And one more from Paul...

May-09-2003, 2:55pm
These are lush, John! The latter reminds me of a notion I had for a 000 guitar with wetland-/fish-themed inlays. One day...

May-11-2003, 1:18pm
When that "one day" comes, I would highly recommend that you talk with Paul. He can design a scene from scratch, or you can provide him with a line drawing of your own. Either way, he is a joy to work with.

May-11-2003, 1:19pm
Here's a shot of "Blackjack", Pomeroy #21, built by Don Paine. Fore more pictures, http://mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin....;t=5599 (http://mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ib3/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=5599)
Pomeroy website:


May-11-2003, 1:22pm

May-11-2003, 1:50pm
Nice work from Mr. Bordeaux. The first has a definite M.C. Escher spin on it.

May-25-2003, 8:42am
Here's an upclose of the detail of my King Brown Oval Holed F5. Hope you all aren't too sick of these posts! I think I must of done this to all of our friends when we had kids too. I never realized it without a documented forum such as this.
Please enjoy!

May-25-2003, 9:11pm
This is Fisch number twelve from Czech luithier Fischmeister Karel.Yes,I've already been warned about getting poked with those string ends.

May-26-2003, 11:30am
Here's one from a Bluett F5 Signature

May-26-2003, 1:37pm
Gibson Master Model "Flag"

May-28-2003, 8:30pm
Here's my Randy Wood F5 Supreme

Dan Adams
Jun-05-2003, 7:42pm
Another Fisch, #14. Karel's own design, and the handmade, carved truss rod cover. Gold hardware...

Jun-17-2003, 9:37pm
2000 Woodley F5 lefthanded

Jun-24-2003, 8:42pm
First time trying to post a picture here so I hope it works!

This is the headstock belonging to the love of my life ... My new (well still kinda new at 5 months old) A. Lawrence Smart "F" #146.

I had wanted to post pictures of this beauty since the first day I held it in my arms but found it impossible to put down long enough to take some photos!!! :-)

This is my second Smart mandolin; I have one of his "A" models as well. To say that I am a huge fan of his and consider him to be almost God-like in the way that he crafts these instruments would be a vast understatement!

I used to own a Monteleone Grand Artist but life circumstances forced me to sell it some time ago. I never thought I'd find anything comparable to that instrument but I have to say that these two Smarts are just so damn nice that I really no longer have that ache in my soul over the Monteleone anymore ... They (The Smarts) are that good!! OK ... Enough raving. Thank you for indulging me! Here's the headstock.

I'll try to post some shots of the rest of this killer sometime next week ...


Edit #1 Well ... That didn't work. I guess it's time to look around for hints on how to correctly upload a picture.

Edit #2 OK ... I've searched around and haven't found any clues as to the proper way to post a picture soooo ... Anyone care to offer the clueless a helping hand? Thanks!

Jun-25-2003, 7:46am
Weymann headstock from early 1900's

Jun-25-2003, 7:51am
Wayne, down towards the bottom of the page under File attachments, their is a rectangular box with "browse" Click on it and then find the pic on your computer and then open it and Add reply. #I think the size limit is 56k but thats a guess. Hope this helps.

Martin Jonas
Jun-25-2003, 10:20am
Here's the headstock on my Majestic (more photos of the entire instrument posted separately).

Not much like any of the others posted here -- note the zeroth fret and real bone nut. Tuning pegs are bakelite, frets brass. The wood looks like beech to me, but I'm not too sure.


Jun-25-2003, 10:43am
1996 Flatrion Performer

Jun-25-2003, 2:30pm
Wayne, down towards the bottom of the page under File attachments, their is a rectangular box with "browse" Click on it and then find the pic on your computer and then open it and Add reply. I think the size limit is 56k but thats a guess. Hope this helps.

Thanks!! I thought I had tried that last night but it was late so I might have messed up. OK ... here we go again ... jpg file attached, 27kb in size ...

A. Lawrence Smart #146

Jun-25-2003, 2:32pm
It's a thing of beauty isn't it???!!!



Jun-25-2003, 3:38pm
yes it's a sweetie for sure...Mr. Smart just lives about 2 hours up the road, but I can't afford his work yet. The ones I've heard were killer fo'sho!

Jun-25-2003, 3:55pm
He's about 3/4 of the way across the country from me so I've never met him face to face but in dealing with him on my two mandolins I feel like he's one of my best friends! What an incredibly wonderful guy to work with!!

I'm sure if you're ever in his neighborhood he'd welcome a visit ... Just prepare to be seduced by his instruments. They are truly special!


Jun-30-2003, 1:51pm
Here is my favorite headstock picture of my 1936 Triolian Mando

The skull is the mandocrucian "trademark" . He made it for me when I was at his Blues Mando Bootcamp in 2001 .
The only thing I don´t like about it is , that on a local Blues Jam it attracts more attention than my palying ;-)


Kent Barnes
Aug-21-2003, 7:58am
My first: #Harlan #1.


Aug-21-2003, 10:36am
bluesmandolinman...sweet! My nickname, well one of them is Skull. A reference to my primitive man shaped head. Im a proud member of the evolutionary process...

Aug-21-2003, 1:05pm
Thanks mandolooter

After I placed the photo there was no response for some weeks and I was afraid to have killed this nice topic because obviously everybody was shocked .

Well at least 1 person likes it.

I never was Mainstream in any way......


Aug-25-2003, 12:49am
John, let me say, somewhat belatedly, that the lizard inlay is just amazing. THAT is over-the-top inlay I could live with!

Mando Medic
Aug-26-2003, 11:42pm
Here is my Master Model #3 Prototype with a new neck and headstock. What a treat it is to have it back from Gibson. They sure did a great job at replacing the neck and blending the finish. Charlie and Danny, you're the best.

Aug-26-2003, 11:54pm
96 Montana-made Flatiron F . . . . . .

scott carey
Aug-30-2003, 12:37pm
Scott Carey #2

Bob DeVellis
Aug-31-2003, 9:27am
Here's the latest addition to the herd, a Howe-Orme Style 5.

Sep-01-2003, 10:27am
Mr. Carey-

Would you be so kind as to post photos of the rest of your instrument. If the headstock is any indication, the rest of the mandolin must be one fine looking beast. So, how about it?!

scott carey
Sep-02-2003, 3:14pm
Hey Slowhands, thanks for the compliments. I am just learning the ropes for posting pictures, so i will post the others on the show us your mando thread. Incidentally the truss rod cover and the lightning bolt are real tortoise laminated over MOP, thanks again.

Sep-06-2003, 2:43pm
92 Gibson F5L.....

Scot Thayer
Sep-10-2003, 6:26pm
Here's the headstock of my new Sawchyn S-5.

Oct-01-2003, 10:56pm
I thought my headstock looked good until I saw the rest of these, good work fellas! (JD) http://mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Oct-03-2003, 7:14pm
My spartan Martin. They don't get much plainer than this.

Oct-04-2003, 10:42pm
Evergreen # 29 http://mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif http://mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Jonathan James
Oct-08-2003, 7:21pm
Pomeroy A-5 #26...

Oct-09-2003, 10:44pm
My new Duff and my Dude #2:


Oct-16-2003, 9:59pm
This is one I'm working on now.For the fisherman in us all.

Bob Kellett
Oct-17-2003, 6:04pm
I just have to show off my Brentrup 23V headstock!

Oct-20-2003, 8:58pm

nothing so ornate as those pictured above, but the sun is real ivory (from recycled piano keys)- the truss rod cover will be rosewood. simple yet beautiful imho

Brian Ray
Oct-21-2003, 12:42am
Rose #10...

Oct-21-2003, 10:27am
can't seem to get it to work- headstock at the following site-

Nov-10-2003, 9:28am
My brand spanking new Kneeland.

Nov-10-2003, 8:26pm
Where is the rest of this beauty?

Nov-10-2003, 9:55pm
Funny you should ask Mikey. It's actually back at Brians right now getting the final french polishing done. I get it back Thursday and am already going through withdrawal symptons after playing it all day Sat. and Sun.

I took a few quick pics but keep in mind that the finish wasn't done and I'm not exactly Ansel Adams with this new fangled digital camera. Heres one of the back of the peghead.

Nov-10-2003, 10:09pm
Here's a front side pic.

Nov-10-2003, 10:13pm
Love those Allen monteleone style tail pieces! Nice neck wood. It is great to see these mandos w/o the sunburst coverup.

Nov-10-2003, 10:16pm
And here's one of the back. I'll take some better picks next week. You would not believe how good the tortoise shell binding looks with this color scheme.

Nov-10-2003, 11:51pm
BRW #28

Nov-11-2003, 1:56am
Somebody emailed me and said my post in another category should go here so here it is: Driftwood #2

Nov-11-2003, 1:58am

Nov-11-2003, 6:09pm
Here's the headstock of my Custom Yellowstone. It is sporting the soon to be extincted Flower Pot.

Nov-17-2003, 11:05pm
Here is a pic of the "Prodigal 5" peghead

Nov-17-2003, 11:07pm
Here is a pic of the "Tennessee 5" peghead by Mark Taylor

Nov-18-2003, 12:56am

Great stuff! Prodigal 5 couldn't be more custom. Very original and gorgeous.

Nov-18-2003, 1:03am
Hey Jessbo did you buy that Evergreen? I'll admit, I was tempted, and had Charles play it for me over the phone. (I wound up getting a different one he had in stock however.)

Nov-26-2003, 2:16pm
Kentucky KM400E 4-string electric. Only one I've ever seen.

(Ugh, this is my first attempt at Photo Editing. I need some pointers. The original is sharp and clean, but a zillion bytes. I switched to 8-bit color then used resize to reduce the bytes.)

Nov-26-2003, 3:15pm
Lee, your technique is OK, but you need to filter your image, before you switch to 8bit mod - for example: when you work in Adobe Photoshop(In the RGB mode), you lower the resolution first(by using either bilinear or bicubic graphic filtration)and then change output format. Most desirable is JPEG format, when you can alternatively setup the ratio and type of compresion - these parametres have the major influenceon the final picture.. the additional advantage of this graphic type is, that JPEG automaticaly reduces the number of non-recognizable(for human eye) color tints in the photo.

There's picture of my sakis bouzouki:
(billinear filtering, optimilized JPEG - middle quality)

Nov-26-2003, 4:03pm
Bucubic Graphic Filtration. Microsoft Photo Editor won't do it?
Nice Sakis headstock!

Nov-26-2003, 4:20pm
This began at 232 KB. Maybe the camera should be set differently?

Nov-26-2003, 4:35pm
You need at least 400 X 500 or there abouts for a good pic (resolution) Yours is 210 X 368 Rt click on photo and then click "properties" to get resolution

Nov-26-2003, 5:29pm
Here is a pic of the "Tennessee 5" peghead by Mark Taylor
Hey Mark,

This is what I'm talking about in regards to another post on Gibson's copywriting their logos. Your logo is beautiful! A graceful work of art. Great job!

oldwave maker
Dec-01-2003, 11:51am
Ray's peghead in the white, mesquite burl/crotch veneer.
BTW, inheriting one of Mark Taylors a models from the mid 70's is what inspired me to get into building, still use that aesthetic body shape for my A's. Thanks Mark!

Dec-01-2003, 12:20pm
I like that. It's reminiscent of the scrolled holes in old bowlbacks, the best examples of which in turn recall a pair of violin scrolls facing each other in profile. I also like the pseudo-snakehead configuration of the tuning posts for a straight string passage over nut.

Keith Newell
Dec-01-2003, 1:05pm
The latest on my A style. Black Mother of Pearl with White Pearl "N".

Dec-11-2003, 5:05pm
A-style Kentucky KM-1500 "Dawg" Mandola.
This could be my first succesfull photo post.

Dec-11-2003, 5:07pm
Whoa, kinda large, sorry.

Dec-18-2003, 3:00am
just arrived: Scot # 6 by Keith Murchison

Jan-09-2004, 10:03pm
Thought I might as well ad one.

Jan-09-2004, 10:27pm
Here's my Jack Spira Mandola headstock. The Veneer is Ringed Gidgee. MOP and Abalone inlay.

Jan-09-2004, 10:30pm
And here's a sideview of the same:

Scotti Adams
Jan-09-2004, 10:34pm
John..I like your work..I hope I get a chance to play one of your mandos someday

Jan-16-2004, 2:26pm
Fraley F5 1997
Recent ebay purchase. #Also have one on order from him. #Love it!!


Jan-16-2004, 2:32pm
While I'm doing this, I'll add this, my new Cittern made by Gray Burchette, Elkin, NC

Gray's webpage (http://www.burchetteguitars.moonfruit.com)

Scotti Adams
Feb-11-2004, 8:53am
..here is #6 with the ebony buttons and abalone trussrod cover installed...

Scotti Adams
Feb-11-2004, 8:55am
oops..wrong pic...

Scotti Adams
Feb-11-2004, 9:02am
..here..I know..I know..the pic sucks..the camera sucks....maybe with my tax refund I can get a new one...ya think?

Feb-11-2004, 6:23pm
Looks real nice Scotti, I have to get new glasses though, mine are getting kind of blurry!

Feb-11-2004, 11:52pm
Where did you get the ebony tuner buttons?

Scotti Adams
Feb-11-2004, 11:55pm
MandoMedic...aka Ken Cartwright...a real class act...I should add that my tuners are Grovers and the buttons are for Waverlys..I had to do a little dremel work to get them to adapt..and I ruined a couple along the way....Ive heard of some guys actually grinding the tuner shaft to make them fit. I didnt want to go that extreme....they are really snug...if one should start to slip in the future I do have extras I can refit.

Darryl Wolfe
Feb-12-2004, 12:08pm
One of my all time favorites..1905 A3..photo by Frank Ford

Feb-12-2004, 12:25pm
Daryl was that one actually built by Orville?

Jim Hilburn
Feb-12-2004, 12:28pm
Someone over on Comando was asking about what tools they may have been using in those days, wondering how they did inlay before dremels. I see a couple of splits in the veneer on the '03, and guessed it might have been from hand cutting, but "The Gibson "would be a tricky one to do by hand. But, if you didn't have another way ,you would just do it ,wouldn't you.
They may have had something like a Fordham by the Loar day's, or an early dental tool, but I doubt it in'03. I did a Google search of antique power tools, and I didn't come up with anything before the early '50s.

oldwave maker
Feb-12-2004, 1:07pm
Bout-to-get-strung-up #329 with the new design flowerpot (no offense intended toward any luthier or craftsman, living or dead, real or imaginary), arizona ironwood burl peghead veneer, pipestone (catlinite) pot, tru-oil finish, alongside my homade real horny fiddle scroll finished with a fulton-style varnish cooked up from pinyon pine sap, linseed oil, and hematite from a prehistoric shawnee warpaint mine in the eastern ozarks.

Darryl Wolfe
Feb-12-2004, 1:42pm
...1905 A3 peghead..I noticed those little splits too. #I think it's peculiar how the script is actually heavier than "normal", but yet so symmetric and flowing. #I suspect that they sawed the overlay out with a jewelers saw just like the pearl work.
More pics are at: #
frets.com link (http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Museum/Mandolin/Gibson/1905A3/1905a3.html)

Don Grieser
Feb-12-2004, 2:44pm
Bill, love the new flowerpot. Can you tell us the significance of those initials, or is it top secret? Will you have any bolos for sale at the Durango Meltdown?


Feb-13-2004, 5:22pm
I have got to add mine.

Luthier Vandross
Feb-14-2004, 7:26pm
I have alot of favorites, but this one I'll always love.


Feb-15-2004, 3:58pm
Here's my peghead for mando #1 I'm building.

Now if I could just find where I left my Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator, I could finish the thing...

Feb-15-2004, 8:11pm
Marvin the Martian--- that's brilliant !!! #make sure you keep use posted on this !

Feb-15-2004, 11:54pm
Best. Mandolin. Ever.

Feb-16-2004, 4:09am
Holy Dang!!! These are awsome!

:Speaking of a Dudenbostel headstock I seen earlier:
I noticed a few times when seeing Random pictures (and Videos) Of Nickel Creeks, It looks like one of the Mandolins Chris Thile plays, well, It looks like the headstock is Broken or something? What the heck is it?!

Feb-16-2004, 8:59am
Yes, it's broken. Once upon a time, it was broken too...

Feb-16-2004, 5:36pm
Ah ha!! Thank you, Now I can actually show my sister I was right, It IS broken. Thank you, thats very interesting!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Feb-16-2004, 6:09pm
OK, back to the original photo. #If that's the little outer space guy from the old 'Bugs Bunny Cartoons' -- well hell, that's brilliant. #I'm impressed.

No, no I'm not! #It makes me "very very angry!" #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Excellent job! #One of a kind.

Feb-16-2004, 6:45pm
Glad you like him! Marvin the Martian is one of my all-time favorites. They had just re-run all the Bugs bunny cartoons with Marvin on some cartoon channel recently, and I watched them all -- just hilarious stuff ("I'm going to destroy the Earth... it blocks my view of Venus" "Where's the ka-boom? There should have been an Earth-shattering ka-boom!"). I already have shirts, coffe mugs, folders, bumper stickers, etc. with Marvin on them, so I thought he would make a wonderful mascot. I thought about a little flying saucer for the 12th fret and stars and planets scattered down the fingerboard, but I don't have nearly that much time to cut pearl.

Feb-16-2004, 7:32pm
Did you check that flowerpot out with WB?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif

Feb-16-2004, 7:42pm
That fine ram-head violin on the last page got me stewing on some renaissance cittern heads. Check out some of the fine work by the UK's Barber and Harris (http://www.lutesandguitars.co.uk/htm/cat05.htm), like these unicorns:
...and gilded-horn rams:

Feb-16-2004, 8:38pm
"Did you check that flowerpot out with WB?"

Hey, from 20 ft away, it looks like a Roman soldier.

oldwave maker
Feb-18-2004, 12:28pm
Flowerpot- magnificent marvin! wish'd Ida thoughta that!
heres #331- mesquite burl peghead veneer, bison femur nut, along with the worst sounding fiddle I ever made. It sounded so bad even after regraduating top and back and making a few bassbars, I sawed off the bighorn sheep scroll to make a bolo tie, grafted on a block of maple, and carved a monkey with the hands over the ears.......

Feb-18-2004, 2:50pm
bill that Monkey is the funniest headstock I have ever seen! It cracks me up...I think that would fit my style of fiddle playing just fine casue that is is the general reactionI I get from anyone that heres me play fiddle.

Cover your ears, Run for Your Lives!!!!

uncle ken
Feb-21-2004, 12:18am
My 1930s A-50, the tuning keys are starting to show some wear.

Feb-22-2004, 2:19pm
Randy Wood 2-pt A5 "fern" -- he tried this inlay for the fisrt time with this A -- turned out rather well I think (but I'm still trying to figure out this picture uploading thing, so may not come out too well).

Feb-22-2004, 7:15pm
Quick quesiton on the Marvin the Martian mandolin (well there's some alliteration for ya)...are you making a standard f-style body, or perhaps go for something a bit different, like maybe a rocket ship? Personally, I think that would be one of the ebst mandolin's on the forum, but that just may be me.

Feb-23-2004, 3:48pm
This headstock is a 2-pt oval hole built by Pavel Sucek.

Feb-23-2004, 3:50pm
and a rear shot of the same

Feb-23-2004, 3:59pm
Here's one of my vintage Favilla before restoration

Feb-23-2004, 4:03pm
Here's another of the same headstock after a time intensive restoration. It took about ten minutes!

Feb-23-2004, 4:05pm
Lee...have you posted a complete shot of the back of the oval hole on the cafe yet? Love the way that mando looks.

Feb-23-2004, 4:10pm
Hey Spare Change, not yet. I'll post it in the work-in-progress forum. The front shot's a little blurry.

Billy Mack
Mar-17-2004, 9:06am
Ok, need one of these in here...

Mar-17-2004, 9:14am
Billy, I've always thought that was one of the coolest around. Pure understated elegance!!

Mar-17-2004, 12:35pm
I followed the link from the cafe front page
to the updated Collings website and noticed
that the MT2 shows a different headstock inlay
than the one on my #115. I wonder when they
changed the inlay design.

Here's a close up of mine ...

Mar-17-2004, 12:41pm
And the MT2 from Collings' website ...

Mar-17-2004, 12:58pm
flowerpot, I love it.

Delays, delays, delays!

Mar-17-2004, 6:17pm
1984 Kentucy Dawg

Mar-18-2004, 2:08pm
1983 Hutto Master Model (Left Handed)..the first mando that John put 'The Hutto' in the peghead.

Ken Berner
Mar-18-2004, 3:22pm
Please pardon the poor quality of this photo. L to R is a '93 Flatiron A5 Artist, '92 Flatiron F5 Artist and '99 Weber Beartooth.

Mar-18-2004, 8:28pm
Here's the headstock of the second mandolin built by Christian Mirabella. He is a devotee of the late great John D' Angelico
whose influence is clearly shown. I hope you like his work.

Jim Hilburn
Mar-21-2004, 2:21pm
I'm going to cheat and post some non mando nonsense.
This is a series of animal pegheads I've done over the years. (Back when I could build whatever I felt like, as long as I went to my day job first.)
They range from 1982 till 1998. There's my first solidbody electric, which now has bass strings and no pickups, an electric 12 string which can still be played, my wife's acoustic bass, and my dreadnaught.

Jim Hilburn
Mar-21-2004, 2:24pm
Let me show you the dreadnaught that's attached to the tiger headstock.

Mar-23-2004, 11:23pm
JD #3 Done March 21st 04

Mar-23-2004, 11:42pm
Heres the headstock for my new Muth!

Mar-24-2004, 9:14pm
My new Johnson #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif


Mar-24-2004, 9:41pm
Thats a real nice floor under that dreadnaught Jim http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Eric Foulke
Mar-25-2004, 12:44am
No flowerpot, no logo....no room! Just wood and steel.

Michael Lewis
Mar-25-2004, 1:49am
Very pretty Erik.

Mar-25-2004, 11:17am
here's mine.

Mar-25-2004, 11:38am
Thats nice looking! I love the look of the slotted headstocks. Just how hard are they to restring anyways?

Mar-25-2004, 12:20pm
just like anything else. you get used to it.. now its easier.....


Apr-05-2004, 4:01pm
Here's mine. Duff #0063 (december 2000)


Apr-05-2004, 4:10pm
OK, let's hope this works (thanks to Michael Lewis for showing me the sizing tricks!). This is the latest idea for headstocks for me (prolly should have posted it in "under construction", but I was here anyway).

Apr-05-2004, 4:11pm
Oops, trying again.....

Apr-05-2004, 5:20pm
Looks very nice! Classy looking. But why not "The Zeke"? I'd buy it for my 22-month old son named Zeke! Actually, you are one of the few Zeke's I've ever run across. (We chose a non-common first name, Ezekiel, to counter my too-common last name).

Apr-05-2004, 6:14pm
..........but don't the New Orleans Saints have a copyright on the logo ?


Apr-05-2004, 7:59pm
Very nice Zekeman! Did you hand cut that name, it looks like a ton of work.

Keith Newell
Apr-05-2004, 10:39pm
Nice script Zeke. Will look great with some finish on it.
Keith Newell


Apr-06-2004, 12:59am
Thanks for the nice comments, guys, I really appreciate it. Since we're on the subject (and also to practice this re-sizing technique) I'll add a pick I took a few days ago of my new "A" style peghead as well (surrounded by her Z-5 sisters). Just finished binding it but haven't inlayed anything other than my name.

Apr-06-2004, 8:16am
thats some real nice headstocks