The Standard Mandolin (part I)
Recently, I mentioned that I’m putting together a new mandolin; The Standard.
As I said before, time is the most expensive component of any hand made instrument, so I’m hoping to keep the construction straight forward- cut down on the time- hence keep the price down. BUT still build to a high quality and use the construction techniques which I believe make for a better instrument.
Well, here are a couple of pictures of the progress so far. For the head shape I’ve resurrected a style that I used on some steel-string guitars many years ago.
Secondly, as all the edges are straight, the head can be planed to shape. I estimate that this shape probably saves around 1 hour compared to my curved head shape that I use on the twin-point mandolin. Also no inlay- saves two hours!
Talking of the twin-point, the Standard shape is based on the twin-point minus the points which gives the traditional tear-drop design!
You can see that I’m still using solid linings and an X-braced back, the same proven construction as my twin-point.
So far that’s a ten hour saving- whatever your hourly rate is, you can see the lack of embellishments will have a favourable result on the price without build quality being compromised.