F Hole Mandolin

This model is inspired by the classic the Gibson A5 with both hand carved Spruce top and Maple back and sides. The one pictured was a prototype built without a raised fingerboard extension, droplet f holes and voiced to give a deeper bass and less choppy midrange for a sweeter solo/small group mandolin.  It has wonderful clarity and sustain in the top end and a broader tonal range than most f holes.  It can be voiced also for a choppy/cutting session tone.

Please note that different tone wood combinations will affect the response and tonal characterisics of the instrument within the framework of my build style. I will of course always advise in this area.

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Droplet f hole in hand stained Maple and Sitka Spruce


Some of the more standard specs. For all options and prices see price list

  • Scale 355mm
  • Top Hand Carved European or Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides Flamed US Maple or UK Sycamore
  • Neck Carbon fibre reinforced Maple/Sycamore. No Truss rod.
  • Bindings Ebony, Indian Rosewood, Flamed Maple
  • Rosette Bound soundhole
  • Bridge Ebony
  • Fingerboard Bound Ebony 30mm nut
  • Head Veneer Rosewood or ebony with mother of pearl logo inlay
  • Nut and saddle Bone
  • Machine Heads Gotoh black button
  • Finish Hand rubbed satin or gloss lacquer.