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Transmogrification ... 1st Sounds
I am converting a guitar into a mandocello, Not everything is done but I think it sounds fine and am looking to make it better.
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January 30, 2014 - 8:04 pm
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Here is my guitar to mandocello conversion. Just a few sounds as I have finally received the strings. It is supposed to tune C G D A  in the same range as a Cello.

It is a plucked instrument of the mandolin family which consists of Mandolin (violin), Mandola (Viola) and Mandocello (cello). For virtuoso performance on purpose built mandocello, Google Mike Marshall




- Narrow the neck

- lower the action

- Learn to hold this thing

- Learn all of a tune or twoWellsElves-Mandocello.jpgImage Enlarger


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January 30, 2014 - 9:24 pm
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It sounds nice. > a work in progress > SWEET! > the sounds you are getting are SWEET!!!


January 30, 2014 - 10:58 pm
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Thanks Stonedog.... happy so far, have a busy non musical weekend but eager to get to refinements.


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January 31, 2014 - 4:24 pm
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Sounds good! Looks cool! XD

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January 31, 2014 - 9:20 pm
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RAY!!  wow.. that is a great sounds.

Thanks for sharing your first sounds and for keeping us posted in chat on the development.

Very cool to have this creation!

Way to go!


Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato


February 5, 2014 - 10:05 pm
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Thanks for the kind comments. Took the nearly finished mandocello for show and tell at the music store I have been getting mando parts from and they seemed very impressed. The Guitar mechanic suggested I needed to have the truss rod adjusted to make setting the action easier. He proceeded to do this with a rather long allankey with big screwdriver handle and later switched to an l shaped one with 8" arms on the L and was able to really crank the truss rod and take all of the bow out of the neck. He then called the owner over, a nice gentleman just a bit older than I, who declared my effort fantastic.

So I have adjusted the saddle so that I might have another 2mm to go but I have no buzzing even if I press down the 12th fret and pick the strings. Also all strings play the octave of the nominal pitch when fretted at the 12th fret. Now I will practice till I can play all of Neil Gow's Lament before returning with a video


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