Acoustics #8 Mandolin & #9 Archtop Guitar

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Project by Texcaster posted 02-04-2014 12:06 PM 3917 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a double to keep my project page compact. I haven’t promoted my self to proper luthier timber yet. I’m still using figured cabinet timber that has a nice tap tone.

All the acoustic instruments I’ve built so far are in the archtop family. No bracing on the back and two long braces under each foot of the bridge. The instruments can accommodate some movement. Everything is quarter sawn.

Both of these have been given the violin top & bottom overhang & purfling. I’ve tweaked the Gibson F & A style mandolin ( it is something in between now ) and designed the guitar from scratch. 23in scale.

The guitar top ..Bunya Pine, sides Victorian Blackwood, back PNG Rosewood, neck Mahogany, fingerboard & all fittings False Sandalwood & Solomon Blackwood.

The mandolin top is Western Red Cedar, back & sides Vic. Blackwood, neck Qld. Walnut, fingerboard & headstock Solomon Blackwood.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 12:12 PM

Beautiful work! I am curious what kind of tone you get from these wood combos.
I am starting to learn to play mandolin just recently. Banjo is also on my bucket list.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 12:27 PM

dp, these are all accepted tonewoods, just not from the fancy store.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 12:34 PM

Wow, those are beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 02:14 PM

Fantastic work. The wood and finish are great.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 02:17 PM

Amazing work.

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 02-04-2014 07:06 PM

I’m curious about how you did the sunburst…is that sprayed or did you stain it? Amazing look, love the violin overhangs…really lovely work.

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#7 posted 02-04-2014 09:21 PM

They look great, can’t imagine how the “fancy” wood is going to improve the instrument but I’d say you are ready for the good stuff.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#8 posted 02-04-2014 10:01 PM

Cheers fellas, Oldsaxon the sunburst is old school hand colored with aniline dyes. The top is worked with a thin amber, the darker areas with a red brown mix. The whole top is then vigorously worked with clean alchohol to blend the edges. I also colored the French polish for the darker areas.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#9 posted 02-04-2014 11:54 PM

Love the subtlety of the burst – very nice.

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#11 posted 02-05-2014 10:53 PM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Beautiful Work! Thanks For Posting!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#12 posted 02-05-2014 10:55 PM

WoW! Just Wow! Well done!

-- "Well Done is better than Well Said." ~ Benjamin Franklin

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#13 posted 03-12-2014 01:59 AM

Superrrrr! beautiful all around the wood, and the workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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