I live in Perth, Western Australia and am a builder of guitars and mandolins. Here you'll find out about what I do and the kinds of instruments I make. I offer it for the enjoyment of the casual reader, for those who want to learn about the methods and techniques I use, and also to advertise my skills. If you are interested in buying one of my instruments, check out my Etsy page in the links section.
Thursday, 11 April 2019
Pictured above is number 38, a just-completed octave mandolin. An octave mandolin is tuned an octave lower than a "normal" mandolin and is the size of a small guitar. This one has a 530mm scale length and the sides meet the neck at the 14th fret. There is no re-curve where the sides meet the neck, unlike many other instruments of this type. I wanted to keep it simple and affordable. As you can imagine, with it's longer scale and lower tuning, this mandolin's voice is much more bassy than other mandos I have made. However, the body is not as deep as some other octave mandolins so it sounds brighter than others. The Bunya Pine soundboard works great in this application giving a powerful tone and is also much more resistant to abrasion than Spruce or Cedar, meaning that players who use a pick won't have to worry about marking the soundboard when strumming. Some pics: