copy of gibson A-model mandolin

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Project by ART LACKEY posted 01-11-2010 05:00 AM 2788 views 4 times favorited 15 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.

-- Old turners don't die, they just turn to dust!

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#1 posted 01-11-2010 05:17 AM

Boy…that is really special!!!

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#2 posted 01-11-2010 05:18 AM

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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#3 posted 01-11-2010 01:01 PM

and do you have a video of it being played?

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#4 posted 01-11-2010 03:59 PM

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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#5 posted 01-12-2010 12:08 AM

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

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 01-12-2010 10:58 PM

very nice, do you sell these?


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#7 posted 01-15-2010 05:12 AM

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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#8 posted 01-18-2010 02:23 AM

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?

-- Old turners don't die, they just turn to dust!

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#9 posted 01-18-2010 02:26 AM

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?

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#10 posted 01-18-2010 02:33 AM

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.

-- Old turners don't die, they just turn to dust!

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#11 posted 02-03-2010 09:21 PM

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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#12 posted 03-01-2010 11:49 AM

Great job on the Mandolin!!!

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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#13 posted 01-08-2011 08:59 AM

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.

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#14 posted 04-24-2013 08:25 PM

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!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#15 posted 12-23-2015 03:05 AM

Just stumbled onto your post. Beautiful mandolin. I’m just starting a mando build. It will be very challenging for me.

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