You can see that polishing has started on Tony’s mandolin
and the real beauty of the wood is starting to show.
I mentioned the figured maple bindings in a previous post-
here’s the effect that I was hoping for.
In between polishing sessions the e-mando has grown some
I’m often surprised that “special” fretting hammers are sold
by luthier suppliers, most of them variations on dead-blow hammers and soft face
mallets. Well here is mine and I think that I have virtually fretted every
instrument for 30 odd years with it. A quite simple ball-pein with its face
carefully polished and the edges rounded so that there are not any burrs or
such like that could mark the fret. It works so well!
Anyway thought that I’d design and make the tailpiece for
the ball-end strings- again this emphasises that when I say my instruments are
handmade, I mean it!
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