Sunday, 18 April 2021

Electric Mandolins (emandos)

I've always enjoyed making the occasional solid bodied instrument; I like the sculptural process of shaping a large solid piece of wood by hand. So, it's only natural that I find myself building e-mandos. An electric, solid body mandolin offers a robust alternative to an acoustic instrument for the gigging musician or an interesting variation for the player who wants a different voice.
There are many possible designs and here you can see some of mine, including 4 and 8 string octave mandolin variants.
Ash/Cocobolo/Maple
humbucker & piezo pick-ups with stereo output


Maple/Rosewood
humbucker & piezo pick-ups with stereo output




Black walnut left handed version 
humbucker & piezo pick-ups with stereo output
Ash/Maple
 Twin humbucker & piezo pick-ups with stereo output


Left-handed Figured Sapele/ash/maple
 Twin humbucker & piezo pick-ups with stereo output

Octave E-mando  
Wenge/Mahogany/ebony
4 string Octave E-mando  
Wenge/Mahogany/ebony

Sycamore and cocobolo, single humbucker, adjustable bridge

Chambered body electric mandolin:
Carved spruce top with Koa back & sides
The chambered body is designed to enhance the natural resonance of the emando and you can see its internal construction (and other details of how I built this emando) in a series of YouTube videos.






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