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Oct-11-2013, 11:30pm
Just finished my second mandolin.

Oct-11-2013, 11:40pm
Impressive, nice work! Your first F?

Oct-11-2013, 11:41pm
Looks really really good. I dig the finger board. Back wood is awesome, nice touch with the burst. What's the top species?

All the best

Oct-12-2013, 12:07am
Thanks, guys! Yes, this is my first F style. Top is Colorado Engelmann spruce, the red maple sides, back and neck are from Old Standard Wood.

Randi Gormley
Oct-12-2013, 9:02am
I like the Roman numerals -- I thought I was the only one who actually counted them out to find which dots were on which fret!

Bob Clark
Oct-12-2013, 9:41am
Beautiful job! I, too like the Roman numerals. Congratulations to you.

Denny Gies
Oct-12-2013, 9:42am
Beautiful work, how does it sound?

William Smith
Oct-12-2013, 10:00am
very nice man! First build, wow impressive quality.

Oct-12-2013, 1:34pm
I have never seen roman numerals as fret board markers. That is really cool. I like that a lot. Very nice job on the mando.

Oct-12-2013, 2:24pm
I think Mike Kemnitzer used the roman numerals on one of his black top A's a decade or so ago.

Pete Summers
Oct-12-2013, 2:46pm
Very nice. I'm also a fan of the roman numerals on the fret board. I'd make that a standard feature of mandolins if I could. It really assists in learning the upper positions.

Oct-12-2013, 3:43pm
Yes, I got the idea from Nugget #219. I thought it dressed it up a lot without being too fancy. Thanks for all the compliments, everyone! Here are a few more photos in better light.


Skip Kelley
Oct-12-2013, 7:12pm
Aaron, that mandolin looks amazing! I can't imagine how you can get any better than that! Nice work!!!

Pete Jenner
Oct-14-2013, 10:49am
Great work.

Oct-14-2013, 11:39am
Hi Aaron -

Like the color and the 'burst - very tasteful.

Roman numerals are a neat touch, no question now where the VII fret is.

Oct-14-2013, 12:12pm
Great job!


Oct-14-2013, 12:14pm
Seriously fantastic. How's it sound?

Oct-14-2013, 1:53pm
Thanks! It sounds and plays great. I will probably keep working on the set-up to get it dialed in but I am happy with the results so far.

Avi Ziv
Oct-15-2013, 9:44am

Stephen Cagle
Oct-15-2013, 3:28pm
Wow! #2 is really really nice but 1 is my fav!! nice job. ~o)

Oct-15-2013, 4:13pm
Nice looking instrument. Can we hear it?

Mike Conner
Oct-15-2013, 5:52pm
Really, really cool!

Oct-15-2013, 8:57pm
I post on the song-a-week social group from time to time. I will make sure my next one is on the new hatchet and post a sound clip here as well.

Mike Snyder
Oct-15-2013, 10:05pm
We all want to hear that. Many, many builders small and large struggle with the proportions of scrolls and points and headstocks. You've hit on correctness very early on. Well done! Very nice traditional scroll.

Oct-16-2013, 11:19am
Thanks, Mike. I used the Minarovic plans from Elderly and also Andrew Mowry's .pdf templates as references. I wasn't really trying to build a Loar copy but it is very close in many areas.

Oct-16-2013, 12:05pm
Nice work, Aaron. It came out great!

Oct-16-2013, 12:59pm
Nice work, Aaron. It came out great!

Thanks, Andrew. And thanks for all the tips along the way, your binding article in AL was very helpful!

Oct-16-2013, 10:59pm
How can I access Andrew's article on binding?

Pete Jenner
Oct-17-2013, 6:21am
Subscribe to American Lutherie and get the back issue.

Oct-18-2013, 10:51am
Getting a jump on the SAW tune this week. Here is a video with the new mandolin. I have a hard time getting the mic set to where it doesn't clip at times but should give an idea of the sound. Turns out I may be better at building than playing mandolins....


Oct-18-2013, 12:00pm
Thanks for the sound clip, Aaron. That one will play in nicely.

Oct-18-2013, 2:22pm
That's a fine sounding mandolin! I like it a lot, thanks for sharing.

Pete Jenner
Oct-20-2013, 10:23am
Thanks for the sound clip, Aaron. That one will play in nicely.

Play in? Sounds pretty played in to me.