Well the French polishing of Tony’s mandolin continues and in between
polishing sessions I’ve been working on the e-mandolin. Believe me, it has been very much a
week of experimentation!
The blade humbucker works very well; using a blade style eliminates
any worries about the alignment of pole-pieces.
I tried a couple of different
piezo transducers to see which works best; an Artec and a Headway. I had to
make up a rough bridge in order test them and in this situation i.e. without
the benefit resonant hollow body, the Artec unit seemed to work best- its
higher output balances better with the humbucker and by the time it goes
through an external pre-amp the tone is really good too. I also made 3
different saddles; ebony, bone and micarta. Without doubt the ebony
worked best by reducing some of the harshness and helping to limit the sustain.
So next week, I can start sorting out the fiddly bits, prep for finishing and
apply the finish- Tru-oil in this case; my favourite solid body finish.
Remember John’s twin-point?
Well he posted a thread on Mandolin Café forum and
you can read what he and others have to say about it, whilst I quietly blush!
Many thanks for posting this John. The link's below.
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