Custom Built Mandolin

This is an A-style mandolin with a Sitka Spruce top and Maple sides and neck. The finish is a hand-rubbed French Polish. The sound of the finished instrument is excellent.

There are some pictures of the finishing process. I intend to video a future build but, for now, if you’re interested the articles below are in reverse order from finish to start. Use the list of articles in the right sidebar if you want to view from the beginning or locate a specific step in the build.

I custom-build mandolins for clients who are interested in high-quality instruments. All of my instruments are built for maximum playability and acoustic sustain. Place an order (no obligation) if you would like to discuss a custom-built instrument.

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Mandolin Build: Bridge

(Prev: Headstock)

Here are a couple of pictures of the mandolin bridge resting in position.

The advantage of a “floating” bridge is that it can be moved to allow for excellent intonation […]

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Mandolin Build: Headstock

(Prev: French Polish Back)

Here you’re looking at the headstock overlay on mandolin #1. Smaller surface areas can be difficult when applying a French polish – especially with an […]

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Mandolin Build: French Polish Back

(Prev: 15th Fret Marker)

Again, French polish on the back, but far easier to apply – nothing’s in the way!

The box in the background of the picture is the […]

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Mandolin Build: 15th Fret Marker

(Prev: French Polish Side)

This was a tricky little area to construct …

Normally, the 15th fret marker has no trim – it’s just a white line of plastic. Of course, […]

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Mandolin Build: French Polish Side

(Prev: Fret Board Inlay)

Here’s a good look at the side of mandolin #1. I figured I’d go for broke and try installing a rosewood binding. This has to […]

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