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    Default Gypsy Mandolinetto

    What do you guys think of this design for a flat top (flexed radius top) mandolin? We built a Macaferri designed gypsy jazz guitar that turned out so good we thought the same design for a mandolin would be pretty loud and punchy.

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    Looks good
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    One thing to think about is that "Gypsy" guitars never have a round soundhole. So I think your design will look a lot more like an homage to the Selmer-Maccaferri tradition if it has something - really anything- other than a perfectly circular soundhole. Right now it looks like a mandolinetto (guitar shaped mandolin), but it has no design cues which actually relate to that genre. Gitane style tailpiece, Manouche style bridge, the straight shape on the cutaway, overall proportions even, are all things you can consider to mix and match for something that feels more Gypsy-like.

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    Default Re: Gypsy Mandolinetto

    What Marty said.
    Here is a Maurice Dupont instrument from 1999........

    While your drawing reminds me of a Weber Cutaway model....
    Last edited by Charles E.; Mar-23-2019 at 10:07am.

    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    i don't know how you can get a sound similar to the long scale gypsy guitars on a mandolin, even if you extended the scale length. Just too much string tension, but there are Djangolins.
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    Eric Foulke's Selmer-inspired mandolin I played a few years ago was amazingly loud and rich sounding. Definitely everything a flat-top mandolin should be... not "good for a flat-top", good for a mandolin.

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