Above, you’ll be able to hear the tap tones from #29 through #43, which is kind of fun. Tap tones are kind of like baby pictures- you don’t know exactly how the final instrument will turn out from the tap tones, but you can get a glimpse of the what the character will be like. […]
OK, here’s new style of “stacked” rosette inlay I came up with. First, two rosette inlay rings are precisely cut to match their intended grooves and the contour of the top. Then the first inlay is installed. Then the second inlay is cut into the first, ensuring a nice tight fit. Then gluing of the […]
From Kent George at rubnertuners.com.
OK, Lee had a good idea, so I’m hosting the pictures for these posts on my Web site again. So you can find updates here or at the MandolinCafe Spring 2014 build log, plus a lot of discussion from other folks. Done with necks, finally. Now it’s on to boxes, and to focus on the […]
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Mode 4 on #22… Mode 3 on #23… Mode 3 on #19.. ?….
Here’s a Weymann I just finished cleaning up. It had a major top seam separation, several top and back plate seam separations. It got a new nut, fret work, the usual. This was my first real vintage restoration on a real instrument. I haven’t done a lot of repair or restoration, but I received this […]
That extra C string is getting a lot of interest lately. And this post from last year is getting a lot of visits from people looking for 5-string electric instruments. So I thought it might be time to dust off the ideas for a 5-string electric. Here’s where they are headed… with a splittable Alumitones […]
The summer 2013 batch is well underway. All the instruments are also spoken for. No pressure! Laminated necks — #22 on the left/upper, the other one is probably going to be used on a personal instrument due to the inconsistency in the coloring. Highly figured Makore for block inlays and headstocks on #24 […]
#17 mark II is finally delivered! Mark did a nice write-up of the process in this MandolinCafe thread. Thanks to Mark for his patience as I built him one instrument (#17 mark I), then scrapped that one, and built another (#17 mark II), encountering numerous delays along the way. I made four fretboards, carved four […]
Comparison of Nautilus mandolins recently completed. In order: #15 – parallel braced, tone bars, spruce top, J74’s #16 – transverse braced, yellow cedar top, Thomastik Mittels #18 – parallel braced, curly redwood top, JS74’s #20 – transverse braced, spruce top, J74’s #21 – parallel braced, spruce top, FW74’s
Partly to show off some recently completed instruments, I invited several mandolin enthusiasts and MandolinCafe members from the Atlanta area. The gents generously brought several of their mandolins, some of them very valuable, some of them very rare, but all of them very interesting – and put them out for everyone to experience. I believe […]
So… this is a toy mandolin / ukelele thing I made for my kids. It’s got a solid cherry top, solid cherry back and sides, and a curly maple neck. Shaped like an archtop Telecaster, obviously. The frets are machined right into the fretboard. It sounds like a shoe box with some rubber bands on […]