a few emails from people wanting to know what’s happening with the Standard
mandolins, well… here’s an update for you.
the Standard Plus: the body has now been fully French polished and whilst that
is hardening off, I’m applying a few coats of Tru-oil to the neck as I want to go
for that “speed” neck feel. In all truthfulness, the raw wenge neck has such a wonderfully
smooth and hard texture that you could get away with no finish. The wenge with
a coat of oil on looks like dark chocolate- good enough to eat! Although, the
photo doesn’t do it justice!
my intention was to offer this one up for sale once it had been completed, but
it’s already been snapped up and will be off to James in the West Country in a
few weeks’ time.
as the standard “Standards” are concerned, number IV has been pre-order by
Tristan; this gave him the opportunity to choose the tonewood for the back and
sides. With the current interest in my
mandolins, I thought that I’d build three at the same time and so I have been
preparing the wood whilst waiting for the glue to dry on John’s and the polish to
dry on Sean’s twin-points!
what we have here are the three backs; English walnut for the next Standard
Plus, figured maple for Tristan’s Standard and Brazilian mahogany for Standard
the soundboards are from some very nice, stiff European spruce. The two Standards
have the sound holes bound whilst the Plus has a rosette- this one using walnut
in the centre.
three soundboards together brought home to me how much extra time is consumed
making a rosette. As you probably know, with the Standard mandolin, I try to
save time in order to reduce the cost to the customer; believe it or not this
rosette took around three to four hours to do, so whatever your rate of pay,
hopefully you can appreciate my rationale.
you can see I’ve also been prepping wood for the necks. As always laminated for
extra stability, the Standard plus has green and walnut laminations to match
the rosette, Tristan’s maple and rosewood to match the body’s tonewoods, and
simple black lines for Standard V. By-the-way, the heads haven’t been glued on here.
the spliced head going on Tristan’s.
you’d like one of my standard mandolins you can pre-order by contacting me, via
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