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    Default A couple of electrics

    Next on my list to build are a couple of electrics; a left-handed e-mando and an e-OM.
    The body of the lefty has a really nice figured sapele top.
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    Iím still thinking about the final design of the octave, so more on that one soon(ish).
    Cheers Gary

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    Default Re: A couple of electrics

    Cool.

    Specs for the lefty?
    What pickups are you putting in? (Single coils apparently )

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    Default Re: A couple of electrics

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Nestlerode View Post
    Cool.

    Specs for the lefty?
    What pickups are you putting in? (Single coils apparently )

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    This e-mando will have two blade style mini-humbuckers; I’ve used these on all my e-mandos and like the ability to be able to simply switch the configuration of the coils and get two different tones. It will also have a piezo transducer under the saddle for an “acoustic” sound. They’ll be wired up to a stereo out-put.
    As it’s a custom build the nut will be 33mm and the scale 360mm to suit the client.
    Cheers Gary

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    Default Re: A couple of electrics

    The neck has been glued to the body- I use a large mortice joint and to be doubly sure that it’s never going to move, it’s locked in place with 4 hardwood dowels.
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    And with the fretboard in place.
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    Cheers Gary

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    Just completed these two aluminum tailpieces. One for the lefty and the other for the OM
    Cheers Gary
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    Quote Originally Posted by GarY Nava View Post
    Just completed these two aluminum tailpieces. One for the lefty and the other for the OM
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    Cool!

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    All the woodwork on the lefty is complete; so a few more photos for you!
    Cheers Gary
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    Just started applying the Tru-oil- it really pops the grain.
    Cheers Gary
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    Looks great Gary!

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    beautiful work!

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    Default Re: A couple of electrics

    Hi Guys,
    Thanks for the positive comments- work is now underway on the octave e-mando-
    here's the wenge body.
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    And a nice Brazilian mahogany neck with an ebony head overlay.
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    There are a few more photos on my blog and a bit about the construction too.
    Cheers (and have a good Christmas) Gary

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    Default Re: A couple of electrics

    Made some good progress on the octave e-mando this week. As you can see from above, the body, neck and fretboard are now all one! The ebony and wenge are going to give it a dark, stealth-like look; very cool.
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    The left-handed e-mando is now complete and I must say that I’m incredibly pleased with the outcome. There are a few more photos on my blog.
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    Gorgeous work as usual Gary!
    My 4 year old son is a lefty, so I am now more aware of left handed instruments. I hope his interest in music grows enough to get you to make another one in a few years!

    Daniel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Nestlerode View Post
    Gorgeous work as usual Gary!
    My 4 year old son is a lefty, so I am now more aware of left handed instruments. I hope his interest in music grows enough to get you to make another one in a few years!

    Daniel
    Thanks Daniel, glad you like it.
    My Grandson is left handed too. I believe about 10%of the population is left handed but what surprises me is, that although I’ve made a number of left-handed instruments, it would only account for 3% of my total output. I would have thought that being a maker of custom instruments, I would have had more requests. Maybe lefties are forced to play right-handed?
    Cheers Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarY Nava View Post
    Thanks Daniel, glad you like it.
    My Grandson is left handed too. I believe about 10%of the population is left handed but what surprises me is, that although I’ve made a number of left-handed instruments, it would only account for 3% of my total output. I would have thought that being a maker of custom instruments, I would have had more requests. Maybe lefties are forced to play right-handed?
    Cheers Gary
    Ya you are right ! A lot of us left handed people either didn't know about left handed instruments or were given right handed ones to learn on. Pretty awkward to start on . Herman

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    Beautiful instruments.
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    I’ve been getting the octave e-mando set-up prior to applying the finish.
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    I’ve included a photo of me with it so that you can get a better idea of its size.
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    Cheers Gary

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    Beautiful work Gary. I especially love the mandolin. Bravo!!

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    And here's the octave e mando complete!
    Cheers Gary
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    Quote Originally Posted by GarY Nava View Post
    Thanks Daniel, glad you like it.
    My Grandson is left handed too. I believe about 10%of the population is left handed but what surprises me is, that although I’ve made a number of left-handed instruments, it would only account for 3% of my total output. I would have thought that being a maker of custom instruments, I would have had more requests. Maybe lefties are forced to play right-handed?
    Cheers Gary
    You’re right it is about 10% of the population. However I don’t agree with the forced to play right handed comment. I tried to play left handed but found it far easier to play right handed.
    I suppose it depends on how hands on you are with tools etc as they are biased right handed too. With many impossible to use left handed. So you tend to end up ambidextrous to a certain degree.
    Beautiful work as usual by the way.

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