Electric mandolin

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Project by kayakguy posted 07-30-2014 09:55 PM 1216 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s finally done*

After constantly getting sidetracked on other woodworking projects, I finally finished the electric mandolin I have been working on for quite a while.

Since I had not done anything like this at all before, and I was not sure about how well I would do carving the neck, I decided to buy an electric mandolin kit as a starting point. But I was not happy with the look of the basswood body, the plastic pick guard, or the pickup that came with the kit.

So I made some modifications along the way. I covered the body with some walnut burl, and black binding. I fashioned a new pick guard out of maple, and found a perfect sized hum-bucking pickup to put in place of the stock pickup.

It is ‘Done-ish’ would be probably be more correct. I still need to do some tuneup (adjust the intonation, and the string height, etc). But it does play, and sounds pretty nice. Now the really hard part: learning how to play the dang thing.

-- Andy -- No animals were harmed in the posting of this entry, although the terrier next door is living on borrowed time, let me tell you.

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#1 posted 07-30-2014 11:10 PM

Quite a project and I LOVE your choice of burl veneer! I’ve been wanting to make a guitar or musical instrument, but have no background in this entity so it would be quite a learning curve/maze. I applaud your efforts, “done-ish or not.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 04:27 PM

I think you are wrong!

Learning how to play it will be easy compared to what you’ve done already!
Beautiful workmanship!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 02:31 PM

Thank you both for the kind words.

Dennie we will see about the learning to play. I’m certainly having fun with it. Love your signature by the way.

-- Andy -- No animals were harmed in the posting of this entry, although the terrier next door is living on borrowed time, let me tell you.

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 02:53 PM

It’s a beautiful instrument. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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