c1915 Weymann Keystone State Mandolute – Restored

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 as partial payment towards one of my instruments from a local Cafe member, and it seemed like it would be a good opportunity to develop those skills. I know it will make me better at building new instruments.

This little instrument shined up pretty nicely. I couldn’t understand why they had made it sound like it does… until I tried playing in more of a classical style. I’m not very good at it, but man, that’s where it shines. Pointy Pettine plectrum and lots of tremolo and grace notes is where it’s at with these instruments.

I dated it as 1915-16 because the serial number is in the high 22,000’s.

Hey, I know I ruined the original look with the curly maple pickguard. But.. it really makes it look great, doesn’t it?

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Comments

  • Beautiful work!

    Boge QuinnJuly 20, 2013

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