I have built only three mandolins. The first one 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. I am hoping to build an octave mandolin or something in that family when time permits.
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-$550
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.