The basic shape of “The Thula”

The basic outline you see on this template is an iteration off of a 1922/1923 Lloyd Loar Gibson mandolin.

“The Thula” will be a hybrid of this design, especially the area¬†around the neck joint.

From this template I’ll be able to bend my sides to fit this shape and develop my neck and tail block. I’ve […]

Mike Rantz & Joe Rantz: Music & Guitars

The picture featured here is of my dad, Mike Rantz and his half-brother, Joe Rantz, playing guitars. There are pictures of the Rantz family stuck away in albums which I simply do not recall seeing as a child. This is one of those pictures.

These two half-brothers share a common father, Harry Rantz, Sr. My […]