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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.

















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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.
 

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

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Wow, those are beautiful, great work
 

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Fantastic work. The wood and finish are great.
 

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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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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.
 

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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.
 

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Beautiful
 

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

Rick
 

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