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I have been designing a mandolin and I finally got up the nerve to try to make it. It will be tuned one octave lower than the common mandolin, with a classical size body and 14 frets to the body, with a 25.5 in scale. The whole thing will be made of mahogany, top,sides,back and neck. The top and back will be a laminated wood (2.5 MM) that I use for a hollow body electric that I make, and I must admit that this material has a nice ring to it all by its self.
I will post pics as I get different stages of it done... thanks for viewing.

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Comment by Donald A. Fortune on September 22, 2009 at 6:44pm
here's the sides fitted to the top -- note the lack of or the size of the braces, because of the laminated top I didnt feel like getting to hefty, or use too many braces.

Comment by Donald A. Fortune on September 23, 2009 at 8:59am


Forgot to put this pic in first- it's the form I used and the sides puit in to set for a time...
Comment by Donald A. Fortune on September 23, 2009 at 9:01am


here's the back ready to be put on...
Comment by Donald A. Fortune on September 23, 2009 at 9:04am

binding channels being cut-- binding will be cream plastic on this one because it is a proto-type--
if it works well then wood will be used on the next one...
Comment by Cliff Morris on October 5, 2009 at 11:12pm
Hey Don, You sure are an adventurous soul. Looks good so far.
Comment by Donald A. Fortune on October 7, 2009 at 8:42am


Bound and ready to watch it dry :)
Comment by Donald A. Fortune on October 7, 2009 at 8:43am



Here's the finished body-- now lets see??? what did I do with that neck????
Comment by Donald A. Fortune on November 17, 2009 at 7:06am

Finally got it done- here's the finished product-
Peace,
Donald
Comment by Ry Charters on December 28, 2009 at 4:56pm
Donald, guitar looks great. How is everything holding up a month later? I've been listening to arsenio rodriguez lately and this reminds me a little of a tres but with the extra course. In other words, I want to make one too!

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