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    Hi!!
    Next week Ill be getting my first mandolin, A less expensive one about $200 and im really excited, I see some mandolins (and even guitars/ukuleles) with paintings on the body I wanted to know if I can do that on a mandolin? Since its a fairly standard mandolin (an A style Bryden archtop mandolin), Id really like to make it my own but I want to be sure that its not gonna change the sound or break it in anyway?

    Thank you

    (Also sorry if this question is in the wrong spot/has been asked before!)

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    My favorite mandolin with an image on it the "Parrot Loar", a signed Gibson mandolin for the 20's. A later owner made the decision to have the painting removed. As Don says, it's your mandolin.

    http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/71055
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    Ah, if that mandolin could only squawk.
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    In general, thicker finish on a mandolin equates to worse, less responsive sound. Adding paint would likely have some negative effect on the sound. However, a $200 mandolin is not likely to have the best sound anyway, due to its construction and finish, so the effects of additional paint might not be significant. Personally I think it seems like a fun project. Share pics if you proceed!
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    Feel free to customize your mandolin to suit your needs and tastes. In theory, paint does affect how the sound is transmitted through the wood, but in real life, I doubt if you could hear the difference unless it was heavily painted all over.

    The back of an instrument is less important to sound transfer than the front, so you could always start by decorating the back.

    Look at the Silver Angel line of mandolins for some inspiration.
    A quarter tone flat and a half a beat behind.

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    Go for it. Won't affect the sound unless you put a tin of paint on it. It will, of course, affect re-sale value but then again, you'd maybe want to keep it for ever.

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    Default Re: Question about customising a mandolin

    Flatiron did it...

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...-flag-mandolin

    Gibson has as well, I seem to remember one over the top "Venetian" style F-5 from decades ago.
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    My 2 cents would be to lock yourself up in a cabin in the woods. You have food, water, a couple of good OldTime tune books with TAB too, and a METRONOME.
    Three months should do it.
    When you emerge that mandolin will be yours.
    Then you can think about artwork.
    -though you probably wont actually do any artwork because then youd be wasting valuable practice time while waiting for the paint to dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Flatiron did it...

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...-flag-mandolin

    Gibson has as well, I seem to remember one over the top "Venetian" style F-5 from decades ago.
    Check out this thread. I believe it's in there with some other over-the-top stuff.

    Actually, the late Paul Hostetter posted the Greg Rich Venitian mandolin and another amazing piece of work in this message in that thread in this message.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Question about customising a mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by Heuristics View Post
    ...I want to be sure that it’s not gonna change the sound or break it in anyway?
    To address that part of the question: it's not guaranteed to be optimal, perfect, or rational, but is nevertheless sufficient for reaching an immediate, short-term goal.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Yep, post #17 in the first link.
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