Mandolin Family Instruments

My mandolins are inspired by classic early 20th century American instruments. I make a carved A style, an assymetrical two-point model and an F style mandolin. There are also less expensive flat mandolins with canted (bent) soundboards based on several of the popular American mandolins of the 1020s and 1930s. String length is the standard 13.875" scale or a classical 13" scale can also be used. They can be made with an oval soundhole or f-holes.

Mandolas are offered in a 17" and 18.5" scale. The 18.5" scale instrument is five frets longer than a mandolin, so can be used with standard mandolin strings using a Daeb' tuning, which can be good for Celtic music accompaniment.

Mandocellos can be made with four or five courses (adding an extra d or e string) using the type 3 bouzouki body built a little deeper to get the most of the the low C string. Scale lengths are 26" or 27". A prototype is being built using s Gibson O Style guitar body.

Soundboards are spruce, sitka or englemann with an option of King William Pine from Tasmania. Bodies can be made from Bigleaf maple or a range of Australian timbers such as Tasmanian blackwood, Tiger myrtle, Blackheart sassafras, Tulip satinwood and Huon pine. Fretboards are ebony or rosewood with a carbonfibre/epoxy bar in the neck for stability. A range of tailpiece and tuner options are offered. Binding is tortoise celluloid or ivoroid, although timber binding is an option.

Prices start from A$1800 for the flat instruments and from A$2400 for the carved models.

On the right, from top to bottom: F style, a two point inspired by a Lyon & Healy model from the 1920s and a flat/canted top mandolin after another Lyon and Healy Model G mandolin.