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Project by ART LACKEY posted 1644 days ago 1876 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was a teenager I was given a gibson A-model mandolin that was in poor shape. so I fixed it up and sold it for 65 dollars.Years later I saw one in a music repair shop and got permision to take all the measurements I needed to build one for myself.I took a long time to build it so that I could be sure I was doing all the right things so that it would actually sound good. Well time paid off because it sounds great.The maple,walnut,ebony,ash and mahogany all give it great contrast.

-- IF YOU GIVE A MAN A FISH,YOU FEED HIM FOR A DAY,BUT IF YOU TEACH HIM HOW TO FISH---HE'LL SIT IN A BOAT AND DRINK BEER ALL DAY!





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Juneaudave

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#1 posted 1643 days ago

Boy…that is really special!!!

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HallTree

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#2 posted 1643 days ago

Great job. Tell us more on the construction. What kind of wood? What jigs did you use, and anything else that whould be of interest.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 1643 days ago

lovely!
and do you have a video of it being played?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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richgreer

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#4 posted 1643 days ago

I’m sure it sounds great because I know it looks great. Very impressive!

What is your source for buying hardware and strings?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 1643 days ago

WOW!!! That is beautiful. It was worth waiting for. Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Tim Pletcher

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#6 posted 1642 days ago

very nice, do you sell these?

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woodmight

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#7 posted 1639 days ago

Excellent work Art, The big question now…. How does it sound ????.. Bluegrass would sound Great on that… and are you going to make any more… F5 would be nice . :)

-- ~~ Remember You can't saw... What you can't see ~~

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ART LACKEY

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#8 posted 1637 days ago

I haven’t thought of selling them and if I did they would be expensive.the time involved is alot.WOODMIGHT—what would you sell an f-5 for? there is alot more work in one of those I’m sure.
Where did you get your plans to build one of those?

-- IF YOU GIVE A MAN A FISH,YOU FEED HIM FOR A DAY,BUT IF YOU TEACH HIM HOW TO FISH---HE'LL SIT IN A BOAT AND DRINK BEER ALL DAY!

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 1637 days ago

Wow Art
That’s wonderful ,wouldn’t know a model B from a model x but it still looks fantastic.
Every think about a blog showing how to make one?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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ART LACKEY

103 posts in 1965 days


#10 posted 1637 days ago

No—infact I just thought of putting it in the contest for grins. If i did do that it would mean I would have to build another one.(sounds like i’m lazy doesn’t it—haha) but your Idea is a good one.maybe if I get layed off I can do that.

-- IF YOU GIVE A MAN A FISH,YOU FEED HIM FOR A DAY,BUT IF YOU TEACH HIM HOW TO FISH---HE'LL SIT IN A BOAT AND DRINK BEER ALL DAY!

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RealtorJim

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#11 posted 1620 days ago

Very nice! Maybe you should change your profile name to “Lackey the Luthier”.

-- "If you can't find it, build it. If you can't build it, then you must need some more tools."

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Minuteman

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#12 posted 1594 days ago

Great job on the Mandolin!!!

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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bvdon

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#13 posted 1281 days ago

Really nice workmanship. I can’t imagine what it would take to do just one. Seems there are a lot of special jigs and tools involved in this.

-- http://woodwork.me

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ralbuck

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#14 posted 444 days ago

You can not have comments stop at 13!

Fantastic job.

Everyone here seems to be able to make me look worse all the time!

I do appreciate everyone’s fantastic talents!

-- just rjR

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