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Electric Mandolin

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by I_build_my_own, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    I hope I am not offending anyone by posting an electric mando build. In reality it is really Telecaster related - it is out of wood and has a pickup and so forth. :) The only guideline I gave myself for the mando is that except for the 8 strings it should not look like a mando. The project started a while ago.

    Wood selection: Philippine mahogany for the body.
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    And some pretty maple for the top:
    top selection.jpg
     

  2. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Meister

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    Thumbs up from me. Can't wait to see this unfold. Would love a mando someday.
     
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  3. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Hi Helmut,
    I saw someone playing a pre-CBS electric mandolin the other night and it was very cool! Cant wait to hear it. What's for pickups? Maybe mini-Teles?
    Rob
     

  4. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
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    For pickups we are having one zebra humbucker. Keeping this first mando simple.

    Mark made me this one earlier in the year and hand delivered back in May. I am very happy about this unique one. Bobbins are full strat size just 4 poles only. And of course individual alnico mags. :) But I let Mark talk to this, he knows it better - beyond the lofty specs I gave him ( strat size bobbin, zebra color and individual magnets) :)
     
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  5. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Soooooo, will this mandolin be red with white stripes and a chain strap?
     
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  6. ajr969

    ajr969 Tele-Meister

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    Aug 5, 2011
    NW Georgia
    Sweet! Electric mando's are cool... Here's one I did last year (if the photobucket links will still work - but that's a whole 'nuther can o'worms). Mine is a sepele back with figured cherry top and laminated maple neck with rosewood accent stripes. I wound the little 4 pole single coil PU just for this little guy.

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  7. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    Still have dreams that I find a Floyd Rose that would go with that color theme. :D
     
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  8. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    Wow that is a beauty!!!!
     

  9. mefgames

    mefgames Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

    Oct 31, 2010
    North Bay, Ca
    When you put the fret markers in, keep in mind they are not spaced like a guitar, just an FYI.....
     
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  10. ajr969

    ajr969 Tele-Meister

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    Aug 5, 2011
    NW Georgia
    It did feel kind of wierd to place that dot in the 10th position instead on the 9th on mine... I must have checked and rechecked that half a dozen times before I did the inlays
     

  11. John Nicholas

    John Nicholas Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 26, 2014
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Helmut I am offended!!

    I have really big hands... so it would be very hard to play!! :lol::lol:

    It will be nice to see the Mandolin progress!! ;)
     

  12. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    That is still an open point, I want it to look like a guitar. The decision if the dot is on the 9 or 10 fret is still out there. Has anyone seen any scientific reason as to why the difference?
     

  13. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    To ease the offence, should I post here and there a telecaster picture:lol:

    I have not so petite fingers either. Therefore I give it a 17.0 inch scale. So this is more a mandola than a mandolin. I also give it the string spacing of a 12 string guitar. That should make it useable for folks like us.
     

  14. Larkins

    Larkins TDPRI Member

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    Feb 15, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    I built two electric mando's last year, both with wide necks. Definitely more comfortable when coming from a guitar
     
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  15. mefgames

    mefgames Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

    Oct 31, 2010
    North Bay, Ca
    I believe it's the way they are tuned.
     
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  16. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yep, they are tuned in fifths like a cello, not fourths like a guitar
     

  17. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Tuned exactly like a violin: G D A E.
     
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  18. Dunkerhook

    Dunkerhook Tele-Meister

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    Jul 29, 2011
    New Jersey
    I would want a wider neck, too. There are 10 and 12 string mandolins -- with wider necks. I might go that direction on a mandolin or mandola. Another idea for a more conventional guitar feel would be to build a mandocello -- which can use a 25.5" scale, I think.

    Another appealing aspect of building a mando-somthing is the exciting new answer to this question/accusation "are you building another guitar?!?!? :D
     

  19. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    A Mandocello is pretty cool:

     
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  20. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    I got news for you: When you try to bypass the "are you building another guitar?" question, then you end up with the "why do we need a mandolin?" question. :)
     

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