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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Here's the finished sapele back for my my next archtop.
    Cheers Gary
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    Re: Flat top Arch back mandolin

    Always a difficult question, as all my mandolins tend to go straight out of the door and I never have two around for a comparison. This one; my initial thoughts were, maybe a tad louder and great A...
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    Re: Flat top Arch back mandolin

    Thanks Jeremy- hope that you’re keeping safe and well.
    So many variations and so little time to build them all!
    Cheers Gary
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    Re: Flat top Arch back mandolin

    Thanks, glad you like it. Not quite sure what you mean by “Does your version take a different path?”. This mandolin is really development of my Standard Plus model, but with a carved arched back...
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    Re: Flat top Arch back mandolin

    Many thanks for this Jill. For quite awhile now, I haven't been able to embed my videos, I guessed it might be because I'm in the UK??
    Thanks again, Gary
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    Flat top Arch back mandolin

    Hi Guys,
    Hope that you’re all keeping well and safe- a video for your viewing pleasure!
    Take care Gary
    https://youtu.be/lTKxQ2xx2ts
  7. Re: Pickup options for an F hole octive mandolin

    Headway make an undersaddle transducer which has a built in pre-amp that requires a 9v battery. However, it can be simply modified to run off phantom power from one of their external pre-amps ( via a...
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    Re: Opus mandolin

    Very cool. Always good to see something different.
    Cheers Gary
  9. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    As promised here is the last video of the current series; presenting the complete mandolin. As always, I try to demonstrate it and as always, I fail to do it justice. You’ll have to imagine what it...
  10. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    Look forward to hearing that.;)
    Cheers Gary
  11. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    The archtop is now complete. Im very pleased with the outcome; if youve followed its construction from the beginning, you may remember that I said, I feel a responsibility to make something...
  12. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    I guess all luthiers search for the Holy-Grail of wood finishes; something that’s a doddle to apply, looks great, doesn’t affect the sound, doesn’t affect your health etc. etc. But having, over the...
  13. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    Sorry for the delay in answering, not logged on for a while! Just outside of Wisbech.
    Cheers Gary
  14. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    Here’s the latest video covering the bridge for the archtop and my rationale for its design.
    Cheers Gary
    https://youtu.be/OejL_n5ydp0
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    Re: Electromagnetic output from pickups

    Having recently completed two electric mandolins, one with a 360mm scale and an octave version with a 546mm scale and exactly the same pick-ups, amp etc. I think that all things being equal it’s down...
  16. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    Thanks Randi.
    For the first time, I’ve just used epoxy to fill the grain of the rosewood and am really pleased with this. I normally use pumice to fill and then French polish. But I feel like...
  17. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    A few photos in the white:
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    Cheers Gary
  18. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    Here's a little video showing all the work that has been done on the mandolin so far.
    https://youtu.be/te85mqMuN_w

    Cheers Gary
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    Re: A couple of electrics

    And here's the octave e mando complete!
    Cheers Gary
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  20. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    I’ve made up the neck blank and you can see that I’ve used Brazilian rosewood for the head overlay. The inlay is from black pearl; I like its subtlety; in some lights, it disappears into the wood!...
  21. Re: Jacobson Nautilus Mandolin #39 - Ziricote and Birdseye

    Lovely work as always!
    Cheers Gary
  22. Re: Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    And here's the completed rim and carved back plate.
    Cheers Gary
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  23. Nava Archtop #3; with a nice smattering of Brazilian rosewood

    So, I’ve got my next archtop underway. This one is having Brazilian rosewood for the sides (and other parts) and a maple back. I’ve put together a couple of video; the first dealing with bending the...
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    Re: A couple of electrics

    I’ve been getting the octave e-mando set-up prior to applying the finish.
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    I’ve included a photo of me with it so that you can get a better idea of its size.
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    Cheers Gary
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    Re: A new F style mandolin

    Always good to see something a bit different (and nicely done!)
    Cheers Gary
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