Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Left handed e-mando II

Good progress made with Chris’s e-mando; essentially, most of the woodwork is done, so I shall now get it set-up, wired and playing and when I’m 100% happy with it, I’ll take it apart and apply the finish!

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Safe in Japan

What a tense week it’s been for Amanda and me! Last Sunday we packed Youhei’s mandolin ready for its 6000 mile trip to Japan and off it went with UPS on Monday. Being able to track packages is both marvellous and nerve wracking. From us to East Midlands Airport to Cologne, Germany to Hong Kong and finally Tokyo!
You can imagine our relief when we received an email from a very happy Youhei!
Here are a few choice photos of his mandolin; quilted maple back and sides, walnut neck, head overlay and binding, European spruce soundboard.

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Martin’s mandolin

This week saw Martin’s mandolin; strung up, “in the white.”
This is the first time that I’ve used this particular design of rosette and combined with the all the other cocobolo details, the design of the whole instrument is coherent. Aesthetically a limited pallet of tonewoods works really well.


Monday, February 01, 2016

Left handed e-mando

Well, you can see below that Chris’s electric mandolin is definitely a lefty!
 And here are a few shots of the tailpiece being made- by hand, no CNC here.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes the bug……

Sometimes you look back at the week and think, “What on Earth have I been doing all week?” and sometimes you think, “Well that was a good one: I deserve a beer!”
So couple of photo sequences for you- the cocobolo bindings going on to Martin’s and the neck on to Chris’s.

I'm going to have that beer.
Cheers Gary!

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Two Backs

Two quite different mandolins on the go here.....

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

So what’s on the bench…..

Firstly, the French polishing of Youhei’s mandolin has been completed and it’s just hardening in the workshop. The quilted maple looks truly stunning, I’m sure you’ll agree!
Next on the bench is a Standard mandolin for Martin; he has opted for a couple of upgrades, a  cocobolo and abalone rosette, abalone head inlay and an under-saddle transducer. Also there’s a left-handed e-mando for Chris. 
Below are the two heads.
The rosette’s apparently “simple” design belies how tricky it was to make, however both Martin and I are happy with the outcome;-)