Mandolin Family

My mandolins are inspired by classic early 20th century American instruments. I make a carved A style, an asymmetrical two-point model and an F style mandolin. String length is the standard 13.875" scale or a classical 13" scale can also be used. 

They can be built with an oval soundhole or f-holes.  Soundboards are spruce, Sitka or Englemann with an option of King Billy Pine from Tasmania or Bunya pine from Queensland. Bodies can be made from American 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 carbonfiber/epoxy bar in the neck for stability. A range of tailpiece and tuner options is offered. Binding is tortoise celluloid or ivoroid, although timber binding is an option.


Mandolas are offered in a 16.5" 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. 

Prices start from A$3250 for a carved mandolin. 

Check out the New Work page, call or email for details of what may be currently available. 

On the right, from top to bottom: 

  • an F-5 style, in Sitka and blackwood;  
  • a  King Billy &  Huon pine oval hole mandolin. This is a sweet and responsive combination of lightweight timbers;
  • a new Art Deco style, inspired by Jimmy D’Aqisto, made from Sitka and Big-leaf maple;
  • an A-5 style in Californian redwood and Australian blackwood;
  • a 13”/33cm scale classical mandolin inspired by a couple of Italian mandolins from between the wars. A carved soundboard with a low arch and a low bridge. Rubner tuners are cut down to fit the tapered head.

Graham McDonald Stringed Instruments

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                        Phone: 0402 026 962   +614 02 026 962

                        PO Box 365 Jamison 

                        ACT 2614 Australia