In one of the previous posts you’d have seen the start of
the tailpiece for Peter's mandola; here is the finished item, a juxtaposition of Indian rosewood,
brass and stainless steel!
Also, I mentioned cutting the fret slots; here’s that
fretboard being glued to the neck.
And here’s the front view with the compound radius put onto
the ‘board, position markers inlaid and fretted.
And the back view…….
…..As I said previously, this mandola has been commissioned
to match the black walnut Standard mandolin that Peter had awhile back.
Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the mandolin had a walnut neck with maple
laminations, but the mandola’s neck is a kind of negative image; maple with
walnut laminations. Why? Well, there’s about 17% more tension in a set of
mandola strings compared to a mandolin and the neck is also longer, so maple, being
just that wee bit stiffer, makes a sensible choice.
You’ll also notice that at this stage the neck is still
square- just my preferred way of working!
Labels: Gary Nava handmade guitars and mandolins, handmade tenor mandola