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Project by Jerry posted 212 days ago 1271 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Getting ready to convert one of my older guitars into a Mandocello, basically it’s a giant mandolin. To do this, I need to make a new bridge and then, of course, it’s got to be glued and clamped on. What you see below is my first attempt at making a bridge clamp. I will need three of these, this is a proof of concept build, the next ones will be made of rock maple. I also have come to the conclusion that the amount of force required to clamp effectively is not great enough to merit the need for a steel backbone in the clamp. I will probably make the final clamps out of all hardwood including using it for the spine.

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Loren

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#1 posted 212 days ago

I found it is work the time to make a wood caul for the bridge. It
may be a bit of fuss to make it just right. I have also not flattened
the back of the bridge perfectly and it is not worth it to
skimp on that step, assuming you can get the clamp to
push down any gaps.

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Jerry

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#2 posted 212 days ago

Thank you Loren, I will definitely do that.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 212 days ago

Looks like a sound concept (pun intended). When you’re finished the conversion, you can use one of the clamps as a huge capo!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Rick M.

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#4 posted 212 days ago

Will you replace the headstock and beef up or replace the neck?

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Jerry

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#5 posted 212 days ago

No, I will not be replacing the headstock. Instead, I’ve plugged the two center machine head holes and will be drilling two new holes between the existing upper and lower holes. The string pull with 8 carefully gauged strings should be equal or close to the pull with six, so I don’t think I will need to worry about the neck, it does have an adjustable steel truss rod, so I should be okay. The existing bridge pin holes will be plugged and new ones drilled. I may elect to remove the underlying reinforcement block and replace it with a new one, but that probably will not be necessary.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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Rick M.

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#6 posted 212 days ago

Hopefully you’ll post the finished instrument, looks interesting.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#7 posted 212 days ago

Interesting project. Would love to see the result!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Kerry604

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#8 posted 144 days ago

Mandocello eh.. very cool instrument, just finished one a little while ago…

Nice clamps as well :-)

KLW

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Jerry

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#9 posted 144 days ago

Kerry, I went and looked at your Mandocello, that is just absolutely stunning.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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