just been doing the purfling and bindings (amongst other things) on Sean’s
twin-point and “Project X”.
always seems so barbaric to cut the channels on such a small instrument with a
router, but of course it works incredibly well! However, what I have started to
do recently is to score a line around the instrument with my purfling cutter
before using the router- this dramatically reduces the chances of the
soundboard’s end grain ripping.
here is Sean’s.....looking very pretty, if I say so myself.
here is Project X
thinking of calling this one “The Standard Plus”, O.K not very imaginative, but
reflective of what it is- a mandolin with my Standard shape but upgraded
tonewoods and more ornate. I love the single box wood line and rosewood
bindings, I always used to do my classical guitars like this; it looks very
can see the back and sides are Indian Rosewood. This beautiful wood seems to
have fallen out of fashion, which is a great shame as it is one of the best
tonewoods around and in general, I would use it as my de-fault tonewood for
back and sides. Sonically it produces a well-balanced rich tone, it works (and
bends) remarkably well and looks...... well, as I said before elegant!
is going to be a very nice mandolin and I hope to offer it at around a grand
for those who are interested. It should be complete by September 2012.
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