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    Default Re: anyone ever seen a Van Halen mando?

    there's a bunch to tidy up....

    the back plate needs to go on, the knobs need changed and the frets need levelled a little, but this is SO much fun to play!!!



    even my 5 yearold daughter got in on the act.....

    though I have to admit, it looks more like her size!!

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    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    Thank you for that, I really enjoyed coming along on your journey.

    Always wanted to do a "Ted Nugent" style zebra stripe e-mando,
    oh well, maybe some day.
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    Wow, that thing is TINY! Either that or you're HUGE!

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    Just got a return email from Erico at Malagoli, and alas, the mini-strat cavacos are no more. However he did point me to this site on Guitarra Baiana that has more than you ever wanted to know...

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    Wow that thing is small, or are you 9 ft tall? Any sound clips?
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    Hi Martin
    Your creation looks goods so far! can you post a pikky before you do the Van Halen paint job!:
    Oops, now found I didn't make of to the end of the thread: disregard!
    Sorry madam, but we are fresh out of bull-dogs today!

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    That does look miniature! Did you use a standard scale length? Your two knobs are jammed in there pretty tight, eh?
    I always design my emandos on the large side to avoid the comical appearance (no offense intended). The bigger I can make 'em the less I hear, "Izzat an electric ukulele?".
    too many strings

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    scale is standard Stewmac 13 7/8"

    I wanted it to be in proportion and look like a strat and not a big body with a tiny neck.

    the knobs are too big (and definitely too cream!!) something WILL be done about that.

    I have been having SO MUCH fun playing this.....

    even with the frets still needing levelled (the 9th fret is high so the 8th might as well not be there) and the nut is still a hair highit is just a real laugh to play.

    I love it to bits!!

    and as for being confused for a Uke, most of the folks I know don't know a uke from a mando from a hole in the ground so that doesn't really apply!!
    Quote Originally Posted by stout1
    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    oh all right then!!

    soundclip.

    dry through the Squier SP10, then the SP10 really fizzy distortion.

    only other processing is a little delay on a last note of a phrase.

    REALLY weird having to think about where to put my fingers on blues runs because of the different tuning from a guitar!!
    Quote Originally Posted by stout1
    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    Good work! I attach a pikky of an electric uke, just to demonstrate that there are similar(ish) looking instruments out there. I have yet to see a uke styled as a strat, but I have a feeling I will!

    So, how about turning out another but with a 17" scale length? Arguably that would be more of a mandola!
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    Sorry madam, but we are fresh out of bull-dogs today!

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    Nice job. Sounds really nice and looks so cute I wanna just stick it in my pocket! I probably could too!

    Not to steal your thunder, but I'm currently building an emando too, it's going to be a neck thru explorer style mando. Made the "wings" out of black walnut, and the neck is a spalted sycamore/black walnut composite! I'll post some pics when it's done!

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    Default Re: anyone ever seen a Van Halen mando?

    If you're willing to install your own tuners/nut/bridge (or go with 5 strings instead of 8) there are tons of cheaper alternatives.

    For example, THIS.

    I'm going to guess it's made of plywood or nato or something cheap like that, but heck, I think Eddie's first was made of poplar...

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