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I have bought a regular and inexpensive mandolin because I thought I might to have an instrument to strum and pick that tunes like a violin. In the short time I have had the mandolin I have learned that a mandola is the viola of the mandolin family and that there is a cello equivalent in the mandocello. Since I have tended toward lower registered versions of violin and viola it is not surprising that I have become intrigued by the mandocello ..... so I am converting a Guitar into a mandocello, 8 plucked strings tuning A D G and C like a cello. Here is a picture of the work so far ... next picture will show all the holes filled....
I'M Back ... a couple of pictures to show some progress, Have narrowed the neck by about twice the thickness of the binding on each side, Filled all the tuner and screw holes in the head stock ready for re-drilling. I plan to remove all the mahogany lacquer from the base of the neck to the end of the headstock. I will thin the headstock to allow a birch veneer both sides of the headstock then a dark stain on the bare wood and probably a coat of varithane. Still shopping for a 12 string acoustic bridge and saddle (frugality rules) and a 1.5 inch nut. Probably a big wait now till after Christmas. Merry Christmas BTW.
Try making them smaller.
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.
Tuesday 7 Jan 2014
Decided to inlay some birch veneer. Still looks repaired but perhaps not ugly.
The insert stands fingernail proud of the rest of the top but I don't have skills to get it closer without messing up the rest of the top so have left it a bit high.
And have applied a mist coat of satin polyurethane to the top of the instrument.
Hides many sins.
So now we wait for Tailpiece, Bridge and Strings to arrive
I am back with a picture of my mandofamily. You can see my mandolin and the big fella is the Guitar to Mandocello conversion as 15 March.I have fitted scallop shell tailpieces to both instruments to solve the problem of covers coming off. A lot of difference horsing the big fella around compared to the Mandolin. Mandolin is almost casual to play but the Mcello requires more deliberate action or probably I am just not used to it.
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