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    Mandolin tragic Graham McDonald's Avatar
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    Default A couple of new mandolins

    A couple of new mandolins strung up, one for a client, the other an experiment in soundboard carving and bracing. The commissioned mandolin is a 2 point model inspired by the Washburn mandolins of the 1920s. A shorter 13"/33cm classical scale, strung with light strings (10-34) mostly made from Australian timbers. A King Billy pine soundboard, a Huon Pine back and Australian Red cedar neck with a CF bar for stiffness. The head overlay is overlay is figured gidgee, with a rosewood fretboard and ebony bridge. Tortoise binding, Rubner tuners and an Allen tailpiece. The second mandolin also has a King Billy soundboard, but with a knot in the middle, which meant it will likely not ever get sold. The body and neck are Queensland maple, with a Gidgee fretboard and Mulga head overlay. The soundboard was carved to a constant thickness, .150"/ 3.75mm, and used a carbon fiber re-enforced lattice to stiffen up the centre while keeping the soundboard as light as possible. It is very loud, but perhaps a bit too bright, so the next one will be carved a bit thinner.

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    Great stuff!
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    Default Re: A couple of new mandolins

    Those are gorgeous, Graham.

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    I like the knot. It adds a bit of natural elegance.

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    Default Re: A couple of new mandolins

    Really like the rod in the second mandolin. Do you do that to take a bit of tension out of the top? I would think that would do that and provide a little freer vibrating surface. Since it is so loud, do you think there’s cause and effect there?

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    Default Re: A couple of new mandolins

    Happy to see that other builders are using a rod from the head block to the tail block. I have found that when I have used the same that my projects hold tune amazingly well. I suppose that the rod acts to stabilize the "two ends against the middle" and may also keep the neck from working.

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