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    Lockdown Mandolin...

    Looks like my lockdown project is going to be a Mandolin from scratch. I found a old dinghy centreboard in the garage roof which turns out to be 22mm thick sapele, probably 40 years old, which will provide the neck and a sort of centreblock. There's just one problem, I'm 40ish miles from my workshop and have few tools. I've spent a large percentage of the last week converting this centreboard which has few really flat surfaces, into suitable planks mainly by hand sanding. So so far about a week to do what would have taken me a morning if I had access to my father's thicknesser...
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    Good thing you're not in a hurry I guess...

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    Are you going solid or acoustic? I don't think I've ever come across a solid mandolin so that appeals to my slightly askew wish list
    I have, in one of my dark workshop corners, a slightly broken Mandola, which I have always thought of as a baritone Mandolin. It deserves repairing as it is a nice sounding instrument (the dog did it, honest Dad!) An electric solid is one I may well tackle at some time

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    Sounds very interesting. Looking forward to seeing how it goes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by impala59 View Post
    Are you going solid or acoustic?
    Semi. I want an instrument I can play without abuse from downstairs, so not very loud. I think its going to have a sort of half height centre block so there is a reasonable soundboard, but I have't got to worry much about bracing and dovetail neck joints and other things beyond my confidence level. Carbon fibre will have a role to play.

    Fender have made a solid mandolin, but bizarrely with only 4 strings which I should have thought kinda misses the point.
    Last edited by JimC; 11-05-2020 at 05:02 AM.
    Build #1, failed solid body 6 string using neck from a scrapped acoustic (45+ odd years ago as a teenager!)
    Build #2, ugly parlour semi with scratch built body and ex Peavey neck
    Build #3, Appalachian Dulcimer from EMS kit
    Build #4, pre-owned PB ESB-4
    Build #5, Lockdown Mandolin
    Build #6, Sixty six body for Squier

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    Fender have made a solid mandolin, but bizarrely with only 4 strings which I should have thought kinda misses the point.[/QUOTE]

    Yes I googled and also found some 8 string Chinese “mandocasters” rather like a child size telecaster. Just goes to show everything is out there, I will follow your build with interest
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    Here's a 'progress' image. What you are looking at is the centreblock and neck, plus the headstock. The centreblock is going to be roughly half height, so hopefully the soundboard will contribute something.
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    The body is at the bottom of the picture - sorry about the orientation. Its a sapele/maple/sapele sandwich. I'm planning to make the projecting end of the maple into a tenon to locate the headstock well. No truss rod, but there'll be carbon fibre reinforcement right over the headstock splice and down to the centreblock, so its kinda a through neck setup.
    Last edited by JimC; 17-05-2020 at 11:27 PM.
    Build #1, failed solid body 6 string using neck from a scrapped acoustic (45+ odd years ago as a teenager!)
    Build #2, ugly parlour semi with scratch built body and ex Peavey neck
    Build #3, Appalachian Dulcimer from EMS kit
    Build #4, pre-owned PB ESB-4
    Build #5, Lockdown Mandolin
    Build #6, Sixty six body for Squier

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    Components are beginning to appear...

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    Build #1, failed solid body 6 string using neck from a scrapped acoustic (45+ odd years ago as a teenager!)
    Build #2, ugly parlour semi with scratch built body and ex Peavey neck
    Build #3, Appalachian Dulcimer from EMS kit
    Build #4, pre-owned PB ESB-4
    Build #5, Lockdown Mandolin
    Build #6, Sixty six body for Squier

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    Well, it's vaguely beginning to take shape... Piece of trivia. The wooden French curve visible belonged to my grandfather when he was a premium apprentice with the Metropolitan Railway before WW1, and were used laying out the instrument. I won't say designed...
    Build #1, failed solid body 6 string using neck from a scrapped acoustic (45+ odd years ago as a teenager!)
    Build #2, ugly parlour semi with scratch built body and ex Peavey neck
    Build #3, Appalachian Dulcimer from EMS kit
    Build #4, pre-owned PB ESB-4
    Build #5, Lockdown Mandolin
    Build #6, Sixty six body for Squier

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    It's coming along nicely. Nice to see some mandolin love; they're great instruments
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