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 obstruction. In this case the nut was in the way of a smooth stroke across the headstock.

The only option I had was to wipe away from […]

Uke Build: Headstock Overlay

(Prev: Back Braces Install)

I knew I wanted a headstock overlay that wasn’t too ostentatious. I was going for a traditional “look” and this piece of walnut seemed about right. I actually found this in the scrap bin of my favorite supplier already machined at .062… for .38 cents. I used if for the headstock overlay […]