View Full Version : Sel-Mac Prototype

Dec-19-2004, 3:22pm
Thought I would share some pics of the prototype mando I have been working on. A take off on my ArchJazz mando (previously posted here some time ago....search ArchJazz from beginning if intrigued!) Actually, this mando involved a completely different construction technique. Even incorporates a novel (certainly to me, if not to all) bracing method....circular bracing! As I pondered your basic carved top....the mechanics of central mass moving up and down on a perimeter hinge prompted this approach. If you could support a thin top sufficiently, yet keep more mass centrally....well, seemed to make sense! Credit is due to Grant Goltz, a friend and guitar maker par excellance, who shared circular bracing in guitars. The light went on and we collaborated to apply it to mandos.
One disclaimer: I could not stand the suspense any longer and had to substitute a standard tailpiece so I could string it up and have at it. Ultimately I will use a tailpiece more in keeping with the Selmer Maccaferi inspiration that I am making myself.

Dec-19-2004, 3:28pm
Here's a pic of the top.....(sorry for the crick in your neck, could not get it to rotate!)


and bottom.....



Dec-19-2004, 3:36pm
Here's the end result.......



Dec-19-2004, 3:38pm
Here's a couple more.....



Dec-19-2004, 3:42pm
The headstock was originally to be slotted. However, I could not locate a source of good gold horizonatal tuners. Wouldn't you know....I now have found a source. So subsequent SelMac mandos will have slotted heads. As you can see, I have not even trimmed the strings....Figured it would be easier to change them when I replace the tailpiece.
Ahhhh, patience is not one of my virtues. Although, since the finish is a zillion hand rubbed coats, using no filler other than building up and cutting back time after time...I suppose I do have SOME patience.


Dec-19-2004, 7:29pm
Bravo! A classier style you could not have chosen. It looks vintage in just the right measure. Very impressive. How much will these sell for?

Ted Eschliman
Dec-19-2004, 7:45pm
Oui! An instrumente tres belle...
Very nice, Tom!

Dec-19-2004, 8:18pm
Merci beaucoups mes amis!
I suppose I should comment on the voice of this fair fellow...
To tell the truth, it shocked me. Astounding volume, rich ...across the board, nice sustain, yet clarity.
Get the feeling I was pleased? # http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif Subtle, eh?
What I am really happy with is that the success of this method allows me to use a palette of exotic wood combinations. I have been wondering why the custom guitar boys should have all the fun! Just imagine!!!!!
I appreciate the cost inquiry......would prefer you email me. #Obviously, I would be more than happy to discuss cost as well as tonewoods available. I have several enticing combinations in line for subsequent instruments, but hey....let's hear your ideas!

Dec-20-2004, 6:51pm
Sweet! I like the headstock, too. (I do not like slotted headstocks, they're a pain)