To view other Mandolins I've made in the past, click on each particular link below in the Catalog:

  • A4 Mandolins 
  • F4 Mandolins 
  • F5 Mandolins 
  • F5 Bluegrass Mandolin 
  • Octave A4 Mandolin
  • Octave F4 Mandolins

  • Mandolins currently for sale:


    Guitar Body Octave Mandolin...

    ...Has been sold!

    Keep checking in, as I plan on making another one fairly soon.

    Top is made of Redwood. Neck, back and sides are made of curly Walnut.

    2 way Adjustable Truss Rod.

    20 inch scale from nut to bridge.

    Carved arched top and back.

    Carved and engraved clamshell inlay.

    12" Radius fret board.

    Because of a slight miscalculation with the positioning of the sound hole, this one has only 15 frets, but that shouldn't be a problem for anyone who doesn't play all that far up the neck anyway. (More on that when the video/sound sample is available)

    The end of the fret board is scalloped.

    Neck width at the nut is 1 - 1/2 inches.

    This one also has an adjustable 2-way truss rod and 2 carbon fiber rods embedded in the neck.

    Adjustable Ebony bridge.

    The angle of the neck is pretty high too, making the height of the bridge at 1 - 1/8 "

    The back is made of scraps of
    highly figured Walnut.

    Highly figured and curly Walnut
    on the neck, back and sides.

    The tuners are large individual Guitar tuners made in China.

    I've been using these exclusively for years now and they are my favorite tuners.
    Very inexpensive, but of the highest quality.

    The back is made of several leftover pieces of highly figured Walnut.

    The tail piece is an
    Allen MR-2 Aged Bronze
    tailpiece that can take loop or ball end strings.

    The case is made of Pine and Plywood
    stained a deep burgundy Merlot.

    Inside is padded with foam and felt.

    Hinged compartment box for strings, tuners, etc.

    4 sets of rubber furniture bumpers
    protect furniture from the brass hinges.

    The back is made of highly figured plywood.

    All products inspected and approved by
    Olly the Shop Cat.

    Here's a quick sample video on YouTube.
    (You'll have to copy and past. I'm still trying to get a direct link to the video)

    All the rest of my videos can be found here
    on my YouTube site:


    Here are 3 video/sound samples of Octave Mandolin # 82:
    (Since apparently I can't seem to delete them right now)


    Hybrid 10-String
    F-4 Mandolin/Mandola. (# 75)

    With a scale length of 16" 
    I've been told this might qualify as a
    'short-necked Cittern'.

    The tuners are the finest quality 'economy' individual Guitar tuners from China. There is no brand name. They are very affordable, but so far the best tuners I've ever used.  

     17 medium frets with a 'zero' fret at the nut.

    Close-grained Redwood top,
    with 2 new side port sound holes.

    I decided it was time to 'upgrade' my clam-shell inlay,
    so this is how it turned out.
    This was also my first attempt at engraving inlay too.
    It may seem pretty crude compared to what other full-time professional engravers can do,
    but I'm pretty pleased at the way it turned out.  

    The back, and sides are made of highly figured Rock Maple.
    The neck is made of Birds-Eye Maple.

    Back of the head showing the fancy Ebony scrolls that were carved separately and glued on later.
    Also a close-up of those nice tuners

    All stained a deep reddish brown wine colored Merlot.

     Compensated adjustable Ebony bridge.
    (Hand-made by me)
    The intonation is spot on too! That green light on the electronic tuner twinkles a pretty green when fretting the notes. 

    And of course, a Bronze Allen Tailpiece.
    I just can't say enough about Allen tailpieces. Not only are these pretty much the Only tail pieces made for 10-Strings, they also can take both ball and loop end strings. 

    The case, like all my others, is made of carved Cedar 2x4's with a flat plywood back, padded with foam and lined with felt.
    Also stained with Merlot.

    # 75 was purchased by someone in Florida, and it spent a year down there in a very humid semi-tropical environment.
    The customer said it behaved itself just fine, until it was taken outside the heavily air-conditioned house, then the neck kept warping down so that it created several buzzes in the fretboard. I've had it back here in Minnesota for more than a year now and it has gone back to behaving itself quite nicely once again.
    So keep that in mind if you're interested:
    This one needs to stay somewhere in the North Land.

    (Case included)

    Here's some videos. Sorry for the poor blurry quality.
    They were nice and clear when I uploaded them to YouTube.


    Down below are some of the
    10-String  Mandolins
    I've made and sold:

    Photos and details of the 
    A-style 10-String Hybrid
    (# 74)

    Scale length (from nut to bridge) is 16 inches.
    The width of the neck at the nut is 1 and 3/4 inches

    The peg-head is made of highly figured Curly Maple. 
    The fret board is Ebony.

    There are 17 frets and there is a 'zero fret' on this one too.

    The top is made of Redwood.

    The tail-piece is a nice heavy chunk of bronze made by
    Allen Guitars.

    String spacing measurement on the bridge.

    String spacing measurement on the nut.

    The end of the fret board is highly scalloped to allow those magical tinkly notes without hitting the frets.

    The back, neck and sides and peg-head are stained a reddish-brown burgundy wine-color called 'Merlot'.

    The tuners are economy Ping tuners that are
    surprisingly nice and easy to tune.

    The neck is made of Birds-Eye Maple.

    There is no adjustable truss rod. However...
    the neck is constructed of 3 layers of hard Bird-eye Maple with 2 steel rods imbedded in between 2 layers of Ebony.
    I'll provide a detailed photo of that too) 

    The back and sides are made of highly figured Maple.

    Here's the pics and details of the case:

    Made of carved western cedar stained Merlot.

    Inside lined with foam and blue felt.

    Leather strap handle with brass latches.

    Hinged compartment case.

    Four rubber furniture coasters keep the brass hinges from scratching tables and floors.

    Back of the case is made from a nice piece of half-inch Plywood.

    (# 74 is sold)

      There will be more 10-strings available some day
    but it might be a while.


    Here's a video.
    Thanks to Logan at
    Scheitel's Music in Mankato, Minnesota
    for playing a tune on it.



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