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    Default Wilkie 10-string mandolin

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    Gordon Stevens plays "If I Only Had a Brain" on his Wilkie 10-string mandolin.
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    Default Re: Wilkie 10-string mandolin

    Georgeous, Wyatt,
    What scale length did you use to get an extra course without fanned frets?
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    Default Re: Wilkie 10-string mandolin

    14.25" scale length. Lower course worked out beautifully using .053"s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwwilkie View Post
    https://soundcloud.com/wyatt-wilkie/...ly-had-a-brain
    Gordon Stevens plays "If I Only Had a Brain" on his Wilkie 10-string mandolin.
    Great track, lovely sound. Oh, and it's gorgeous as well.

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    Thank you Ron.

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    Yay for another 10-string. Handsome and fine sound!

    14.25" is a popular scale length for 10s, it seems, these days. Dudu Maia's Topher Gayle resonator 10-string is 14.25" and so are Buchanans. I had Almuse use that scale for my electric 10-string. I use a lighter set, from .010 to .047 on both acoustic and electric. I don't know the scale for the Ribeiro 10-string Hamilton de Holanda uses, but it is not very long, maybe also 14.25".

    BTW, what is the internal volume? Buchanan's 10-string is roughly 50% larger than his regular mandolin, air resonance down around E3 (165 Hz).
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    Thanks for the info Tom. I didn't know 14.25" is often used for 10-strings these days. I have to say it seems right to me although I've only made two of them so far. Both are archtop mandolins.
    Internal volume is not a measurement that concerns me nor is air resonance so I can't help you there. Those things would only screw me up.

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