I have built four A style mandolins and one guitar-body octave mandolin so far, and I am hoping to build one more of each during August 2019, as I am currently out of stock. The first A style was in 2009 and was my first experience with building an archtop instrument. I built the second after the first sold in 2013. Then in 2016 I built my first cherry mandolin. The first octave mandolin was a custom order but I was pleasantly surprised by how resonant it sounded. I made a video clip of it, and there are some pictures on the Shop News page at the link below:
This mandolin was built in December 2016. It’s made from the same pattern as the other two I’ve made, in the Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual by Roger Siminoff. I made the F5 design in the book into an A5 by omitting the scrolls and points. The top is Engelmann spruce with a natural stain … Continue reading Mandolin #3, cherry and spruce-sold
This is the second mandolin that I have built. I followed the instructions in The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual by Roger Siminoff except that I made an A-style instead of the F-style he demonstrates. The soundboard and bars are Englemann spruce and and rest of the instrument is made from black cherry except for the … Continue reading Mandolin #2, A-style cherry-sold
This is my first mandolin, completed in 2009. It was built to the same design as the cherry #2 mandolin but from curly maple and western red cedar.