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    Here are some pics of an F model I finished a few months ago. It has bigleaf quilted back and sides and a hard maple neck. The top is made from fir that is over 50 years old. Nice and dry and it has a great woody tone. Tight grain with some areas around 25 lines per inch. The fretboard, peghead overlay and bridge are all made from cocobola. I colored this mandolin to compliment the beautiful colors in the cocobola. The varnish aged the binding to a nice amber color. It makes the mandolin look older.




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    What pics?
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    Sorry my computer crashed!
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    nice job, Skip.
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    Here's the back...
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    The side...
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    The peghead...
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    The bridge...
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    Back and sides...
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    Very nice Skip! That is a wild pattern on the back.
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    Wow! That is some wood! VERY NICE JOB
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    well done skip. baby got back.

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    Very Nice, Skip. I really like the woodgrain on the back too. Very warm looking mando with the reds/oranges and the binding. Even the overlay on the peghead has a great warmth to it. The bridgewood looks like it came from the same stuff as the overlay on the peghead, yes?

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    Bravo Skip, it's very beautiful. I love the quilt, the clean fretboard and that cocobola is fantastic. I have some cocobola waiting for a project and yours inspires me to do something with it. I have not used any fir but I've heard a couple mandolins with fir tops and they sounded great as I'm sure yours does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (JEStanek @ Feb. 03 2008, 14:49)
    ...#The bridgewood looks like it came from the same stuff as the overlay on the peghead, yes?
    From the original post:
    "The fretboard, peghead overlay and bridge are all made from cocobola. I colored this mandolin to compliment the beautiful colors in the cocobola"
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    On the back there is a pattern of what looks like three inverted V-shapes, each one larger than the previous one. Did you do that, or was it just in the wood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by (Curious @ Feb. 03 2008, 16:01)
    Quote Originally Posted by (JEStanek @ Feb. 03 2008, 14:49)
    ... The bridgewood looks like it came from the same stuff as the overlay on the peghead, yes?
    From the original post:
    "The fretboard, peghead overlay and bridge are all made from cocobola. I colored this mandolin to compliment the beautiful colors in the cocobola"
    Smacks head... Duuuuuh, Jamie. Thanks Bill, Now I know.



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    The cocobola is all the same piece of wood. The figure in the quilted back was just that way. It is an unusual piece. Thanks for all the compliments!

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    If it sounds as good as it looks, then it's a killer!

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    Congratulations Skip, Looks great!

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    Finally came back to this thread enough times for the pictures to load (@#$% dial-up!)
    Fine job, Skip. That "flying V" back wood is something else!
    (Still Winter there too, huh?)

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    That's a beautiful Mandolin by any standard plus NO position dots on the fingerboard - I like !,
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    Beautiful work, Skip ! As Jamie said - very warm aesthetic. The peghead, fingerboard and bridge really add to the beauty and warmth of this instrument's look.
    How does the cocoola compare tonally with "traditional" bridge materials ? .... on my way to the search function now #

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    Love to give that one a spin, Skip!

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    John, Yes it is still winter here. We finally had some warmer temperature so I took a few pics. drmole, the rosewoods used for bridges usually give the mandolin a warmer tone. Thanks to all for the kind words!

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