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    Default 1952 Bigsby inspired 5 string Electric Mandolins

    I think I've caught the Bigsby bug, I've been wanting to build bunches of Tiny Moore style mandolins for a long time, I've tooled up, here's the first 2 bodies I built yesterday, going to saw out some necks tomorrow. Stay tuned for more photos.
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    Cool! Can't wait to see the final product....

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    Wow! Wonderful!
    I wish you every success!

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    Looking forward to it.
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    Very cool! Have you decided yet what kind of electronics you will be installing?

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    T.K. Smith does beautiful work! I'm a fan. Is that one yours?? I'm going to be offering mine in 3 models, The Standard (most affordable) this is like the 2 I'm building now, solid bound basswood body, set flame maple neck. The Custom, birds-eye and flame maple bound, chambered body, set flame maple neck. The Deluxe, neck thru chambered birds-eye and flame maple bound body. All 3 come hand made Bigsby style pickups and hardware and custom hand made cases.
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    Default Re: 1952 Bigsby inspired 5 string Electric Mandolins

    Quote Originally Posted by Eddy Mando View Post
    T.K. Smith does beautiful work! I'm a fan. Is that one yours?? I'm going to be offering mine in 3 models, The Standard (most affordable) this is like the 2 I'm building now, solid bound basswood body, set flame maple neck. The Custom, birds-eye and flame maple bound, chambered body, set flame maple neck. The Deluxe, neck thru chambered birds-eye and flame maple bound body. All 3 come hand made Bigsby style pickups and hardware and custom hand made cases.
    Looks great! Better renew your website, though!

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    Well I managed to get out into the shop, routed the binding slots bound the front and back and sanded both bodies. Picked out a nice piece of 5A flame maple big enough to make 2 necks and a couple pieces ebony for the fingerboars. More photos to come.
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    Managed to get my 2 necks ruffed out. These are flame maple, ebony fingerboars and black walnut burl head overlays.Going to start doing inlays tonight.
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    I’m really digging these!
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    Going Sax hook strap, and screw eyelet?
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    Default Re: 1952 Bigsby inspired 5 string Electric Mandolins

    Something tells me you would have NO trouble selling a bunch of those . . . .

    Looking forward to the final product.
    I recently finished a new homemade 4-song EP of original solo acoustic songs; (sorry, no mandolin content this time). If you are interested in a FREE copy, feel free to send me your address via Private Message, and I will be glad to send you one. Trust me, it will be worth the price!


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    Default Re: 1952 Bigsby inspired 5 string Electric Mandolins

    Well friends, I findly got back out into the shop this weekend, finished up the necks for my Bigsby Tiny Moore style mandolins. Did the mother of pearl inlays, fretting, binding and shaped the backs of the necks. More photos coming soon.
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    Any update? Sure like to hear one.
    Play it like you mean it.

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    Sprayed sealer today on all 5 of the instruments I'm building.One of my mandolins is sold, one is still available, stay tuned for more photos.
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    Here's a few photos of the painting.
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    Findly getting one put together, took a while to carve out the all the aluminium goodies. Can't wate to play it.
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    That's looking really awesome!
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    Great looking mandolins- love the gold finish. What scale length are you using?
    Cheers Gary

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    What pickups are you using?

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