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    Default Paul Shippey "Tone" Octave Mandolin

    Hi,
    I've just finished building this "Tone" Octave Mandolin for café member Rob.
    It has a 58cm (23") scale and carved top and back.

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    The back is a beautiful piece of local Sycamore that I've used for a number of recent instruments.

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    Top is Engelmann spruce.
    Brazilian mahogany neck, Ebony fingerboard and binding.

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    Black Gotoh tuners, Allen bronze tailpiece and Custom sound port in the side.

    For more photos of my latest builds, please visit my Facebook page.

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    Default Re: Paul Shippey "Tone" Octave Mandolin

    Paul, what can I say. It's the most gorgeous instrument I've ever played. And I had a sobell...

    Thank you is too small a word. It is worth twice what I paid imo

    Edit: "thank you" are actually two small words...
    My name is Rob, and I am Lord of All Badgers

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    Really nice. Looks like a good length for playing tunes as well as chording.
    David A. Gordon

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    That's astounding in every way !!!. The top colour,i especially like - well done once again Paul, & congrats. to Rob !,
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    Beautiful work Paul. Congrats to you Rob. Thats some collection of instruments you're building up there!!

    John

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    A really stunning creation, Paul!
    I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order. - Eric Morecambe

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    Default Re: Paul Shippey "Tone" Octave Mandolin

    Absolutely gorgeous - particularly love the top colour - what a beauty!

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    Default Re: Paul Shippey "Tone" Octave Mandolin

    Wow! Just wow!

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    Default Re: Paul Shippey "Tone" Octave Mandolin

    Beautiful work Paul, nice to see a fellow British luthier posting here!
    Cheers Gary

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    Default Re: Paul Shippey "Tone" Octave Mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by GarY Nava View Post
    Beautiful work Paul, nice to see a fellow British luthier posting here!
    Cheers Gary
    I commission instrument builds ONLY with British luthiers and luckily I've two awesome ones on my doorstep!
    I've always wanted one from Paul since I first got into mandolin family instruments, I own one of his axe bouzoukis... But to finally get a "Tone" model is a big deal for me I hate being at work this morning as I know what I'd rather be doing!!

    I'd love one from Rory of Taran Guitars one day but I'm way off that now... have a house extension to fund!!
    Last edited by Lord of the Badgers; May-14-2018 at 3:39am.
    My name is Rob, and I am Lord of All Badgers

    Paul Shippey custom "Tone" Octave Mandolin, Paul Shippey "Axe" Bouzouki,
    Phil Davidson A5 "Badgerlin" mandolin, Phil Davidson F5 mandolin,
    Mcilroy Tenor Guitar, Phil Davidson Tenor Mandola
    My band's website

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    Default Re: Paul Shippey "Tone" Octave Mandolin

    Hi Rob - I've not heard from you in a while,but that OM from Paul is astounding !!. If it only sounds 1/10 as good as it looks,it should be awesome.
    We're very lucky to have some very fine guitar / mandolin builders in the UK - wouldn't it be terrific if you could comission a build from each one,just as the late Scott Chinery did with his ''Blue Guitars''. What an assembly that would be !!
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    Default Re: Paul Shippey "Tone" Octave Mandolin

    It definitely sounds as good as it looks... And better!!
    My name is Rob, and I am Lord of All Badgers

    Paul Shippey custom "Tone" Octave Mandolin, Paul Shippey "Axe" Bouzouki,
    Phil Davidson A5 "Badgerlin" mandolin, Phil Davidson F5 mandolin,
    Mcilroy Tenor Guitar, Phil Davidson Tenor Mandola
    My band's website

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    Default Re: Paul Shippey "Tone" Octave Mandolin

    Thanks to everyone for your comments - much appreciated!
    I've just finished another Octave mandolin which I built alongside the one in my earlier post.
    This time it has what I call a "vintage" satin finish. The scale length is 548mm (21.6")….a little shorter than my standard 580mm.....and it has octave pairs on the G and D courses.

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