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    Work has started on the next archtop- this one will have American Black Walnut back & sides. The videos for, what is now “Jeremy’s Archtop” proved to be popular so I thought I’d do a second series and look at some different aspects of the build.
    Here are links to the first two- for some reason I can't get the videos to show here.

    Man v Wood https://youtu.be/8D4fF4EpqAU
    Making the head https://youtu.be/bE23IkrNQ40

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    Hi Gary - That is going to be utterly awesome !!. Walnut is my very favourite wood,especially Burr Walnut.

    Re.not getting the YouTube clips to show here - i've had the same problem for about 2 weeks now. The attachment works,but the vids. don't show up for some reason ??,
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    There is a thread about this in the general dsicussions section, it might be of help.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/s...8-Video-Upload
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    These are fascinating, Gary. Thanks for sharing them.

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    Thanks guys, glad that you're enjoying the videos. More soon!
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    Now he makes a walnut one

    That said number 1(15) is opening up nicely -I continue to be impressed and will try to make a recording soon.
    - Jeremy

    Wot no catchphrase?

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    Here's the back plate with outer surface carved- a video showing how I got here will be posted soon!
    Cheers Gary
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    This week I completed the back plate for the next archtop mandolin. So as promised I’ve put this video together so you can see how it’s done. Again, working by hand is physically demanding but also immensely satisfying!
    Cheers Gary
    Here's the link-
    https://youtu.be/ep-Gl5wHNVw

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    Here’s the tailpiece for the walnut archtop. You’ll see that there’s a thin green line running through it; this continues a decorative theme that the mandolin will have. I like to get the tailpiece made before the back is glued on to the rim, that way I can drill a hole for the jack socket and support the end-block to eliminate any chances of splitting.
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    Here's the completed body -purflings and ebony bindings in place.
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    I look forward to seeing that one completed, and hopefully being played on camera

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron McMillan View Post
    I look forward to seeing that one completed, and hopefully being played on camera
    Thanks Ron- you might have to put up with me "playing" it though!
    Cheers Gary

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    Another beauty, Gary. Your instruments do you credit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kelly View Post
    Another beauty, Gary. Your instruments do you credit.
    Many thanks for your kind words, John.
    Cheers Gary

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    Iíve always believed that the neck joint, on a fretted instrument, should be as rigid as possible. The aim of the game is to ensure that the kinetic energy, from the movement of the playerís hand, is converted as efficiently as possible into sound. Making the neck joint rigid, is one step to ensure that energy is not absorbed into the instrument itself. Iím sure there are many who will disagree with me, but those are my views.
    The walnut archtopís neck has now been affixed to the body and in these two videos (parts 1 & 2) youíll see the lengths that I go to ensure the neck and body are as one (or as close to that as possible)
    Part 1 https://youtu.be/rTJTW4TfjV0
    Part 2 https://youtu.be/Wx7LgKrQ3dk

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    Two fascinating videos, Gary. I particularly like the size of the tenon you cut - much bigger area than I am used to but I see why you are doing it and it seems to make a lot of sense. Easier to trim and adjust a bigger area (?)

    Thanks for posting and keep up the great work.
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    As you can see in the photos below, the Walnut archtop mandolin is coming together nicely. The next stage is to make the bridge and get it playing in the white. Getting exciting now!
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    Here’s the latest video on the making of my walnut archtop mandolin. The construction of the instrument itself is complete and now is the time for the hardware to be fitted and to make its first sounds!
    Cheers Gary

    https://youtu.be/BMPzXLEo59w

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    Yet another fine video and another lovely instrument. Well done Gary.

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    The last of the fettling has been done and the mandolin is playing very nicely.
    Tomorrow, it gets taken apart and the polishing process begins!
    Cheers Gary
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    Iíve just completed the walnut archtop mandolin and am so pleased with the outcome. Iíve got an old Gibson T-shirt that says ďTone, Feel, AppearanceĒ and Iím pleased to say that I think Iíve fully fulfilled those criteria. It is also the first time that Iíve used JJB soundboard transducers and they seem to produce an impressive tone even through my cheap and cheerful amp.
    So below are number of photos for you and the full spec. Iíll sort out the obligatory video over the next couple of days!
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    Hand carved top and back plates
    American Black Walnut back & sides
    European Spruce top
    Body fully bound in Ebony
    13 7/8Ē (352mm) Scale length with 30mm nut width
    Birdís Eye Maple neck with carbon fibre stiffeners
    Compound radius Ebony fretboard with wide gold EVO frets
    Nava handmade tailpiece
    Nickel Gotoh MA-40 tuners
    JJB Soundboard Transducers with endpin jack
    A light open-pore shellac satin finish
    DíAddario EJ74 strings (011, 015, 026, 040), bone nut & saddle

    Cheers Gary

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    As promised, a link to the video.....

    https://youtu.be/MBT3V_m6oRo

    Cheers Gary

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    Great work, Gary, and a very fine sound too.
    I also recommend the JJB transducers - I have fitted them to 2 different instruments, my mian mandolin and octave, and am very happy with the sounds they give. Was playing the mando on Friday evening in a guitar/mandolin duo with a fiddler and through my AER amp I was getting a really good mandolin sound. JJB offers a very quick delivery service too from the US to us here in the UK. NFI I must add!
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    Love the design and attention to detail work! Such a unique mandolin and a great sound.
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    That's a stunning build, Gary....and such a rich sound!

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