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Jul-03-2013, 11:02am
Here's a few photos of my latest flat top project. I used California redwood for the top on this one. Red maple for back, sides and neck. This is the first one I made with a redwood top. I've used red spruce, engelmann, and western red cedar previously. I really like the tone.

General Specs:
Crystal Forest #0713-017
California Redwood top, red-curly maple back sides and neck, Ebony peghead overlay with gold fleck mother or pearl inlay. EVO gold narrow fretwire. Gold pearl dots on fretboard. Christian fish symbol at base of fretboard. Tuning machines are Grover 309, 18:1 (gold plated), Tailpiece is a Gibson style gold with engraving. This mandolin has been fitted with a quality Cumberland Acoustics, adjustable ebony bridge. The nut is 1 1/8" bleached bone. The dimensions of this mandolin are: Overall length 24 1/2", Body width 9 1/2", Body Depth 1 1/2". The top and back and an induced radius (96"). The scale length is standard mandolin 13 7/8". The neck has an adjustable steel truss rod.

Sample Sound Clip (http://crystalforestmandolins.com/sound/CF17soundclip.mp3)

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Jul-03-2013, 11:15am
very nice - I like
kind of has a flat iron look to it

Shelagh Moore
Jul-03-2013, 12:11pm
Very nice work!

Jul-04-2013, 1:08am
Very nice Terry. I was making a deal with a guy to get one of these used a few months ago. I have always regretted that deal not going through. Where would you say your mandolins are best applied musically? Celtic, Old Time?

Jul-04-2013, 6:41am
My mandolins are a copy of the original Gibson Army-Navy mandolin sold in PX's and later produced as the Gibson Flat Iron pancake.
Most of the folks who have bought and are playing my mandolins are playing Celtic, Old Time and Classical/Renaissance music. I play in bluegrass jams and Gospel venues.