View Full Version : Finished my second F5

Dec-03-2004, 6:32am
Hello folks,
I finally finished my second mando.
Specs are:
-Euro spruce top
-Slovakian (Euro) maple back, sides, neck and binding
-Ebony f/b, p/h overlay and bridge
-Dyed pearwood fingerrest and t/r cover
-Engraved/scrimshaw MOP fish inlay
-Tuner bushings are solid turned stainless steel
-SS tailpiece is a design I copied from Keith Newell not knowing it was his design. Check his site at: http://newellmandolins.com
-Schaller tuners
-Violin oil varnish, french polished.
-Fingerboard is slightly radiused something like 22"
-Most joints hide-glued (all except rim to blocks and binding where I used white glue)
-The only part that I did not make or alter are the machines, though I'm considerind replacing the ugly plastic buttons with some turned deer antler buttons to match the bridge cap and nut.

Enjoy the pics http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Dec-03-2004, 6:33am

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Dec-03-2004, 6:36am
Sorry for the low quality of these pics.

Dec-03-2004, 6:37am
This is for Jeremy http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Dec-03-2004, 6:38am
Back close-up

Dec-03-2004, 6:39am
The headstock...

Dec-03-2004, 6:40am
One happy guy (me) http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Dec-03-2004, 6:40am
The last one.

Dec-03-2004, 6:46am
I recorded some sound samples on my $3 computer mic. Raw sound with no EQ...
First (http://www.fpv.umb.sk/~minarov/DH4.mp3) and second. (http://www.fpv.umb.sk/~minarov/HM4.mp3)

Dec-03-2004, 6:58am
That is a beautiful mandolin - excellent job! If this was your second, how much better is it do you think than your first attempt? It sounds awesome - and the good picking didn't hurt either.... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif


Dec-03-2004, 7:19am
This is how the first one looks like. Not much difference, the woods on #1 were plainer and I used different archings and tone bars positions and also f-hole shape than on the second one, which is very traditional.
BTW: The second one has actually number #004 because I'm making a batch of three (#002-004) And the #004 happened to be the first to be finished (11/17/04) the #002 will be ready this weekend. And #003 is still bare.


Dec-03-2004, 7:45am
I hope my 10 attempt looks that good. I'm starting my first one this winter. Any advice? HoGo how long have you been building? What was the hardest part of construction?




Lane Pryce
Dec-03-2004, 8:22am
Adrian that sound is worth a million bucks! I love the maple binding and that scrimshaw inlay is a mighty fine touch. Man be proud of yourself!!! And last but not least I will be more than happy to volunteer my time and energy to play it in for you;at no charge of course http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif . Great job,kudos my man!!!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif Lp

Dec-03-2004, 10:23am
Perfect, perfect, perfect!!!!(Especially that scroll) I am in awe Adrian. I still want one of those someday. The maple binding and the color go perfectly together. Excellent job.

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Dec-03-2004, 12:13pm
DUDE! That is a fine piece of work and sounds great ... WELL DONE!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Skip Kelley
Dec-03-2004, 12:26pm
Boy, that is one great looking mando!! You should be proud. You certainly have a gift for building!!

Dec-03-2004, 12:57pm
Hey HoGo.. - A beautiful looking piece!! - If it plays as great as it looks, it'll be a "keeper' - but..., I really hope you didn't put those Fender strings on it - hee... hee.. Thanks for sharing the pics!! - Moose. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Dec-03-2004, 1:19pm
Simply an awesome looking and sounding mandolin. I agree with what was said above, dude, you have been given the talent to build mandolins. Keep it up. I love the look of the wood binding and the sunburst. Awesome job.


Keith Newell
Dec-03-2004, 7:57pm
Very VERY Nice! Good job and now go enjoy your handiwork.
Keith Newell

Dec-03-2004, 8:48pm
All I can say is: very nice! #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif

Dec-03-2004, 8:49pm
Man that is great! You should be very proud.

Michael Lewis
Dec-04-2004, 12:01am
HoGo, you seem to have a good control of all the lines (very difficult for a beginner). I think you have trained in some precision demanding background, like in a machine shop or as a sculptor. Very impressive package from what I can see. Kudos! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Dec-04-2004, 2:35am
HoGo, when I played the first sound sample I thought " Oh my gosh that guys first homemade mando sounds incredible", but when I played the second sound sample it totally blew me away. Awsome job!!!!

Dec-04-2004, 2:54am
Very nice work!

Dec-04-2004, 10:45pm
Beautiful work! Nice pickin' too. You seem to have all the right stuff happening here. Love the Maple binding.

So...are these on the market for sale yet?

Jeremy - you've earned a scroll rep dude http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Nick Triesch
Dec-04-2004, 10:59pm
Your mandolin is a work of art. Looks perfect. Way to go!!!

Dec-05-2004, 7:52am
Well done HoGo, especially the scrolls

Dec-05-2004, 9:41am
Really, really nice. Great looks and great sound (and very nice playing too!). I would love to play this mandolin in person!!!

Dec-06-2004, 3:50am
Thank you all.
Moose, I'm sorry but I did something worse than putting those Fender string on this one... I put Martin strings on it http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif The a's are .014". I like 0.016" better. I strung up #002 on saturday and put those Fenders on that one... so far I can say I like the #002. I don't know whether the strings make the difference but the tone on #002 is a bit more woody. Very close to #004 but a bit more meat in the mids. The #004, however, seems to have more cutting sound in all registers.

Dec-07-2004, 4:26am
HoGo, you seem to have a good control of all the lines (very difficult for a beginner). #I think you have trained in some precision demanding background, like in a machine shop or as a sculptor. #Very impressive package from what I can see. #Kudos! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif
Thanks Michael, well, I am trained in math...:D. I've been studying and doing math since I was 10. It is precise enough, I think http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
But from what I read couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have the same teachers as Mr. Gilchrist - Monroe's record covers with his F5 and some Gil and Nugget photos... I spent almost five years drawing and redrawing my own plans before I was happy with the lines and design and started to build the #1.
I liked to work with all materials (wood, metal, plastic...) since I was a kid and did some small woodcarving and modelmaking as a hobby. And I have fairly good 3D memory and imagination which helps with archings a lot. And as a mandolin player I know what I want my mandolin to sound like. That helps, too.

Dec-28-2004, 7:40pm
I must admit that I just received the #002 today and I am totally blown away by this guy! You rock Adrian! I will be laying down my Bush model to play this thing and it is that good. I will post pics later if anyone is interested. The cool thing is that the price he charges for a varnished mando is so much cheaper than what most builders charge for a lacquer mando. Thanks again Adrian! He is the guy that I am going to be watching because he knows perfection and has done it!

Dec-28-2004, 8:21pm
Lucky Man Jeremy, That's a fine sounding mando. Fine looking too. How about some good close ups? I'd like to see the cap on the bridge saddle. Real nice job HoGo!

Dec-28-2004, 10:12pm
Looks like you've got a it working! Any pricing info available? PM Sent.

Dec-29-2004, 8:47am
Mick, the cap is simply a layer of deer antler (just like a bone) about 1/16" thick. The string notches are filed in this layer. It seems not to change the tone, but looks cool, at least to me http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif.
For me varnishing is easier than spraying lacquer. I don't like the fumes and all I need to do a varnish is one quality brush and a little bit of sun (or artificial UV). I use violin oil varnish formulation that dryes in one day in the sun. And very light french polish on top.

John Zimm
Dec-29-2004, 3:57pm
That looks just beautiful. Ever consider making an a-style? I can only imagine what would result. It seems like you could have a great future in lutherie Adrian.


diamond ace
Dec-30-2004, 2:46pm

I just played two of your mandolins today and WOW! Those are THE nicest mandolins I've ever seen! The workmanship, tone, feel, Playability, .... is just great! I plan to own one real soon. If you keep building mandolins like this you will soon be one of the most recognized names in the buisness. One of the mandolins (I think #4) was sighned on my birthday! I plan on doing everything I can to get that one!http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif