V-Series mandolins

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A5V mandolin in Amber varnish

My ‘fiddle-style’ mandolins offer something very different to most carved mandolins currently available. There are many connections between mandolin and violin, not least Lloyd Loar’s introduction of ‘F’ holes on Gibson mandolins in the 1920’s and violin-like headstock scrolls on Lyon and Healy instruments.

Inspired by the work of Joseph Campanella and others, my V-Series instruments are built like a violin, with overlapping edges and inlaid purfling. They are finished in an ultra-thin, traditional violin varnish producing a very lively and responsive instrument. The techniques used in making these mandolins means each one has its own individual and unique visual character.

Specification

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Open scroll F5 in red/brown varnish

The following is a guide to the V-series specification. Many of the items below can be customised.

  • 352mm scale length
  • 30mm nut width
  • 265mm o/all body width
  • Hand carved top and back plates with inlaid purfling.
  • Englemann or European spruce top, European flamed maple back and sides
  • Bound ebony flat fingerboard with MOP markers (radiused fingerboard optional)
  • Bone nut
  • Adjustable Ebony bridge
  • Carbon fibre neck reinforcement (truss rod optional)
  • Rubner tuners (other makes optional)
  • Cast Tailpiece (Tailpiece with inlaid pearl design optional)
  • Jescar 37080 frets
  • Hand-rubbed violin varnish finish
  • French polish or Tru-Oil optional
  • Gold or Nickel hardware

Octave Mandolin

I am now offering V-Series Octave Mandolins with a 20″ scale length. Specification is generally similar to the other V-Series instruments. This two-point model has a matching finish to my latest two-point mandolin and has a one piece English sycamore back.

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Oval Hole Mandolin

I have also added an oval hole A4 mandolin to my range. This has the same overall geometry as my A5 model with an elevated fingerboard and cross bracing.

 

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