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Project by Kerry604 posted 02-12-2014 09:26 PM 1002 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here is a bit of an oddity, a fanned-fret Mandocello based on a Gibson L-O guitar shape… Took about 2 months to build. Back and sides are Oregon Myrtle, top is Sitka Spruce, neck is Espave and trim, fingerboard etc are Indian Rosewood, finished with French Polish… Scale for the string instrument folks is 26.25 on the base side and 24.75 on the treble with the 6th fret as the parallel fret Tuning standard Mandocello CGDA (low to high).. A fun build, now If I could just play the darn thing :-)

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#1 posted 02-12-2014 09:35 PM

cool project – I am toying with the idea of trying to make a violin.
What did you used to glue the body? especially the edge joint of the top and sides? wood glue, or did you go with hot hide glue.

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 02:42 AM

Beautiful instrument Kerry > new to me and can’t say I’ve heard one played

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#3 posted 02-13-2014 01:02 PM

Very nice

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 04:10 PM

I used Titebond Original glue for the top and back to sides and I used Tirebond Original for most of the joints a few that may have needed more open time I used fish glue (similar properties but longer open time than HHG).. Lots of people who make instruments these days use Titebond Original, it still can be taken apart and repaied with heat & moisture..

Now the Violin community is a bit more traditional and still use HHG a lot, me personally I don’t see why but a traditional violin maker would say I just spoke blasphemy… :-)

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#5 posted 02-13-2014 04:12 PM

The Mandocello Explained …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAMe9pZwogY

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 09:59 PM

Nice work Kerry. I have a fan fret 5 string guitar bass to make 35in-34in. A first for me.

Because it’s tuned in 5ths, the longer scales are harder to finger. On a fiddle or mandolin the 7th fret is in 1st position. Here are some Ry Cooder tunings & string gauges for CGDA-E. You can start with C & end with A or start with G and end with E.

http://rycooder.nl/pages/tenor_gauges.htm

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#7 posted 02-14-2014 06:51 PM

Very nice job. I’ve been playing for 55 years and I’ve never seen that type of axe. Unusual project and it certainly looks like you know your craft well.

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#8 posted 03-06-2014 12:31 AM

Wow, that is just gorgeous. I’m just doing a conversion, I wish I could build like that. Maybe someday…sigh.

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