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    Hi troops, I have a bundle of bass guitar pickups on theb way from ebay land, and included are 7 or 8 split pups.

    I've HEARD that these can work well on a solid mando......

    so last night I had a guitar buddy over and we got talking (no alcohol involved, honest!!) and I told him about the idea to build a 4 string electric.....

    I showed him pics of a mandocaster and a mandobird and he suugested a mando tribute to Eddie Van Halen's frankenstrat (all be it with a hard tail bridge......)



    after a search I was amazed that I couldn't find a strat mando ANYWHERE, let alone a EVH copy......

    the paint job would be easy, but does anyone know any reason (other than good taste) why there aren't any strat shaped mandos out there?
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    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    yup, I can see the neck's very wide.....

    but still no reason not to go for it.....

    all I need now is a name......

    Mandocaster is gone........

    Frankinmando?

    stratolin?

    mandohalen?

    Vanhalendolin?
    Quote Originally Posted by stout1
    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    Well, there was the Pentasystem... (not to get in a pissing match)

    And Bahian Guitars... (look up "Armandinho" on emando.com)

    You gotta have the whammy bar! If you're going to do it, do it right!

    There are all kinds of other "mini-guitars" just waiting for 6-5 or 6-8 conversion... IIRC EVH has a "mini" Frankenkramer himself.

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    How about Eddie Vandolin, kinda rolls off the tongue (and on to the floor!)

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    Wideass string gap on that mando!

    At a glance the closeup looked like it was triple strung

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    You might check some of the sites from builders on this page.

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    An EVH-dolin would be pretty cool.
    Make mine a 5 string short scale octave (17 or 18") with a B above middle C as the first string (GDAEB).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DNestler View Post
    Make mine a 5 string short scale octave (17 or 18") with a B above middle C as the first string (GDAEB).
    I'll get one built before I start taking commissions!!
    Quote Originally Posted by stout1
    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    There are a few Strat-style emandos out there. Both Joe Glaser and Schwab have made a few, and I've seen a really nice one from George Weisel in Montana.
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    Interesting, Darrell. The little guy in front looks like it could be mando-fied. And what's a collection of electric guitars without a matching cordless drill?
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    Well, it's started.

    I projected a pic of a strat onto a wall with a projector and then scaled the image so it had a 13 7/8" scale.

    the nut was a hair too narrow for me so I widened the pic to make the nut spot on the inch, then traced the body onto a piece of paper which became a template to cut it out of a big old plank of Ash I had in the pile....

    pics to follow......
    Quote Originally Posted by stout1
    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Interesting, Darrell. The little guy in front looks like it could be mando-fied.
    There are lots of those floating around (there's another one on the left of the photo above). Here's another pic of one, from the set for "Hot For Teacher":



    I seem to remember a pic of EVH playing one, but can't seem to find it at the moment...

    And what's a collection of electric guitars without a matching cordless drill?
    EVH actually uses drill motors to energize the strings on some tunes, hence the paintjob.:

    Van Halen Poundcake video (probably not suitable for mixed company, unless you want her to lose all respect for you)

    Sf course the drills are repro'ed by enthusiasts. Here's a better shot of the whole collection (note the stool):

    Mini-Kramers, guitars, necks, furniture...

    Edit: found the pic with EVH, but it's a mini-LP, not a mini-kramer:

    EVH w/ mini-Les Paul on the Diver Down tour
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    There was a super mini EVH guitar in the movie "Better Off Dead" :-)


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    Default Re: anyone ever seen a Van Halen mando?

    Wouldn't that be a Van Halin?

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    Under way!!

    bridge scavenged from a squier strat.......



    Body is a lump of ash from a dumpster, neck is lumberyard maple, fretboard is a stewmac 13 7/8" scale.......

    Quote Originally Posted by stout1
    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    As long as I'm being OCD about this, it really should have at least a maple fingerboard...

    I mean if you're just going after a strat shape + an EVH paint job, I'm sure yours will look cool. But in that case wouldn't reworking the Cassandra Elk emandola have been a lot easier? That would've been closer to what Eddie actually did. YMMEVH.

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    Got to love that Hot for Teacher Video
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    I HATE maple fretboards!!

    I have one in the workshop as a template and that's IT!!

    it's not a TOTAL EVH tribute, just a mandostrat with the paint, That'll be shocking enough for most folks
    Quote Originally Posted by stout1
    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinedwards View Post
    I HATE maple fretboards!!

    I have one in the workshop as a template and that's IT!!

    it's not a TOTAL EVH tribute, just a mandostrat with the paint, That'll be shocking enough for most folks


    "No maple fretboard?"

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    OK troops, this morning before work I made a neck plate and screwed the neck on.

    I gotta say this lump of ash looks too nice to cover up.....

    and there isn't a floyd of course......

    so there is a strong possibility that the EVH idea may be binned in favour of a natural finish strat.......

    Then I looked at some pups actually in situ, and there's just not enough room for both the bass pups to fit in there.......

    this simplifies things as I won't need to squeeze in a switch, just a tone & a volume.......

    so then I got a sheet of black polystyrene sheet and rough cut a scratchplate..........

    sorry Eddie, your tribute will have to wait!!

    this just looks too nice to cover up!!

    I'll post a pic or two when I get home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stout1
    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    tuner holes cut.....fretted....... some sanding done......pup cut out in scratchplate......



    still a LOAD of sanding to do all over, but I'd love to think I could get a first coat of clear on before the weekend.........
    Quote Originally Posted by stout1
    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    Default Re: anyone ever seen a Van Halen mando?

    Dude! Stop hijacking your own thread!

    Looks to be coming together nicely... Looks like a little P-bass now.

    Anyway, all this strat-mando talk reminded me I owned this thing (is losing track of how many emandos you own a bad sign?):



    It started off its life as an electric cavaqinho (which I suppose it still is) but I keep it tuned in fifths. I don't think they make them anymore - at least the website for the manufacturer (Malagoli) only shows pickups now. I got the pic from the Internet Wayback Machine. Check out the other groovy colors!

    Anyway, back in the day, I got this from a Cafe member (Mad Dawg) who was considering importing them. They were real inexpensive, like $300. It sounds good and plays fine; but I've since gotten other instruments that I play more.

    I forgot how Strat-ish it looked. If the finish wasn't so nice (or if you could somehow find another one in Brazil) this would look really cool in EVH livery...

    Now I have to see if I can play "Mean Street" on this thing... (without a Floyd Rose)
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    Now THAT is VERY nice!!

    if only the head was more strat and less tele......

    I've never liked tele heads......

    Ah well summing up my build?

    I raided the scrap box for a lump of Ash & a strip of Maple.....

    added a Stewmac EIR fretboard.....

    4 tuners, 2 knobs and a broken bridge off a squier strat....

    and half a precision style split bass pup......

    and in 5 days during lunchbreaks and after work.....

    Tadah!!!





    beside a big sister to give an idea of size.......

    Quote Originally Posted by stout1
    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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