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Dipole Electric Mandolin

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Ripthorn, Nov 18, 2020.

  1. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    Hi Dave, I used 42 awg wire wound to 4.9k, which was a much as the bobbin would hold, about 9000 turns. Magnets are A5. Potted in paraffin.
     
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    Hmmm, MAY not be what I'd do but hey, may suit your ears fine :). With that much string mass,mando, 12 string etc I like to dial it down a tad. Remember when Ricky replaced the Toasters? Hasn't sounded as good since ;)
     
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    Well, I've never played a mandolin before and have no expectations, so in my case, ignorance is bliss
     
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    Just in my experience that's a little hot. In my 2012 Challenge build (a 12 string) I ordered the wrong pickups by mistake, GFS Retrotrons but the Liverpools not the Memphis I wanted. Breakup to distortion is not my idea of a 12 string :rolleyes:. I finally ordered the Memphis but don't have them in yet, 5.75k for the neck pickup will be MUCH better than the 8k it had, and yes that's a humbucker. And after years without they finally have sound samples.
     
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    I made a pickup cover and routed for the pickup as well as drilling for the pickup wire. With that, I couldn't resist a quick mockup. I'm pretty pumped about how it's coming along. I just need a control cavity cover and some sanding, then the body gets finished, the frets get dressed, and the neck gets glued in. We're getting there!

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    Dang...that thing is going to be stunning!
     
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    That scale length is mandolin correct right? Or is it longer? :)
     
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    13.875", which is Gibson length, if I understand correct.
     
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    Yeppers, just seems bigger :lol:, not many things that way :D

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    Neck was a little narrower than I anticipated, but not outrageously so, but about .1" from where I would have loved it. Oh well, live and learn :)
     
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    Yeppers, except for my mandolena (which I got ALL wrong) I've never built a regular scale for myself. Played a few but even then, some are WAY to narrow for a man's hand ,then again most of those were italian and built for young ladies :). I learned long ago like Fender STARTED but didn't stay with on the MusicMaster that short AND wide works ;)
     
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    It was my daughter's birthday yesterday, so not much done, but I did get the body masked for finishing and I whipped out a quick truss rod cover. Pretty happy with how things are going. Still need to get the bridge and knob ready for plating and plate it.

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    I got the knob and bridge ready for plating. Just needs a degrease and I'll give it a go.

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    I also got a first coat of clear on the body to act as sealer so that I can do the grain fill. I'm excited with how it's coming.

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    I don't blame you :D
     
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    That looks absolutely spectacular, literally perfect so far imo
     
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    Respectfully, can you include something in the next picture to indicate scale? Thanks :D
     
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    Well, it took me four tries, but I finally got the plating process down well enough that I am happy with my results. I ended up using a flash copper layer over the brass to help the nickel hold. Here is the finished bridge:

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    I also leveled/crowned/polished the frets, which means that clear coat on the body is all that's left before assembly. I bought a new spray gun that I need to get comfortable with, and then we'll see how it goes!
     
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    Finally got the finish all done. It's not perfect. The buffer burned through a small spot or two. Oh well...I also was able to get the neck glued in. And per Dave's request, there is a ruler for scale.

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    Thank you :D
     
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    Beautiful Ripthorn. Contours, shape, wood, it all fits together really well. Love the custom bridge too.
     
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