This is an insight into my instrument making workshop. Guitars, mandolins and other fretted instruments, built to the highest standards by hand.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Peter’s Mandola has now been completed and is safely
residing with its sibling. I liked Peter's description of his new mandola, "Magnificent!" That'll do for me!
I must admit that I enjoyed playing it- already
looking forward to doing the next one! I think that as designer/maker (of
anything) you should always evaluate what you’ve made and where necessary make
modifications the next time around; that’s how your work evolves and improves. At
this stage of my luthiery career there are no longer major design changes just
subtle tweaks and there have been a few tweaks to my mandola’s overall design
since the last one, all of which worked out extremely well.
For those of you who are interested, here are some
more choice photos and some of the instrument’s details. Oh and scroll down for
the obligatory video!
410mm scale length; neck/body joint at 13th fret.
35mm nut width.
Maple neck with walnut laminations, carbon fibre inserts.
Sitka spruce soundboard with bound sound hole.
Black walnut back and sides fully bound in maple.
Indian rosewood fretboard, compound radius, wide gold evo
Rosewood bridge with bone saddle.
Handmade Nava designed tailpiece.
If you are interested in commissioning your own mandola,
you’ll find contact details etc on my website.
I’m Gary Nava, luthier. I make guitars, mandolins and other fretted instruments entirely by myself and by hand. I am now based in the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk Fens, after a move from Twickenham, West London. I made my first guitar when I was 14 and then went on to study instrument making at the London College of Furniture, during the 1970’s. I’ve been making them ever since!