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updated 26-Nov-2013

Number 184

This is a 4-string mandolin in sycamore with a western red cedar top. I always wondered why mandolins had to have double strings, so made this simple 4-string version to find out.

It has a big "pop" attack, followed by less sustain than usual. As such, it would be great for fast melodic music, like Irish, as the melody comes through very clearly. A good instrument, very easy to play with the narrow neck, as long as you don't need sustain or tremolo.

For this prototype, I kept everything very simple - plastic bindings, carbon neck reinforcement but no adjustable truss rod, gel finish, etc.


Video of this instrument being played by Roger Landes