Friday, November 16, 2018


If you’ve been looking at the blog lately, you would have seen me sawing big chunks of wood by hand; so, for a change I’ve been cutting some aluminium.
I’ve just completed two e-mando tailpieces; one for Pete’s e-mando which you’ve seen already and the second for Dave’s electric octave mandolin which is still on the drawing board (but hey, I know it needs a tailpiece!). Here are a few photos to give you a flavour of the process.
And here is Pete’s with the bulk of the construction work done and looking very pretty- I now need to sort out all the fiddley bits!

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Friday, November 09, 2018

E-mando fretboard

If you’ve watched my archtop videos, you’d have seen how I tackle the neck joint. The method is virtually the same for my e-mandos; because they’re solid bodies, it doesn’t mean that I’m any less fastidious!
Once the neck has been glued to the body, 4 hardwood dowels “lock” it in place.
Then the wedge (which, as the neck tilts back, is needed to support the end of the fretboard) is glued in place. That little phrase “is glued in place” belies the amount of work that goes in to it!
And then the fretboard is glued on……………
Now it’s really coming together.


Saturday, November 03, 2018

E-mando progress

Back to the bench then………………Pete’s emando is coming along nicely; the head cut-out, drilled and inlaid.
Always a bit bizarre tapping a thread in wood!
And a major step forward the neck joining to the body.

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Archtop Sold

I’m pleased to tell you that the Walnut archtop has now been sold. Amanda and I were extremely pleased that it went to an existing “Nava” owner and, as I’ve said before, someone coming back for a second instrument is the highest compliment that can be paid! Have a look at the last few posts on this forum thread for the reaction.