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Octave Mandolin (# 89)
is done and ready to go!
These are tuned the same as a regular size
Mandolin…but an octave deeper. The body
size is much larger giving it a nice,
deep “Guitar Like” sound.
There are carved
scrolls in the top and back of the peg-head.
The scale length from nut to fret is
I've been using D'Addario Octave Mandolin strings,
but you might want to consider using Guitar
strings to compensate for the shorter scale.
In-lays are made of local
clam shell from the
The top is made of Redwood.
This was one of the last pieces of old growth
Redwood I found up at the local lumber yard years
ago. And despite the fact that this last board was
infused with several knots, I decided to use it
As it turned out, all those
knots certainly didn't dampen the sound at all, as
it has a nice deep resonant tone.
The scrolls on
the top and back of the body are more exaggerated
than most Mandolins. Just something I've been
experimenting with to enhance the balance and tone.
The sides are deeper than
my older Octaves: These are 2 - 1/4 inches wide to
get a deeper sound.
And port side sound holes
have been added
for extra tone.
The tuners are
inexpensive but good quality Guitar tuners from
The back, neck and sides are made of highly
figured Maple all stained a wine-colored burgundy
The string width at the
Ebony nut is 1 - 1/2 inches wide and has
a 'Zero Fret'.
The Ebony bridge is
The tail-piece is made of bronze
by Allen Guitars
All reports coming in agree: These heavy bronze
tail pieces really add to the tone and balance
and sustain of an instrument.
The top sound-hole is also
bigger than ones I've made in the past.
The inside bracing on
the top is my own experimental version called an
X-Spyder. It may be slightly over-doing it a bit,
but so far I haven't had any complaints on the
final sound quality. And it's a good bet the top
won't be collapsing any time soon!
On the inside of the
lower right rib, there is a wooden block that can
be used to attach an internal pickup.
On the outside of the
lower bout, there is a tiny black dot so you can
pin-point the exact location to drill the hole for
The case itself
is constructed of carved cedar
2x4's and plywood. The inside is padded with foam
and lined with felt. Brass hinges and latches make
a secure lock and the little rubber legs will
prevent any scratching of floors or furniture.
on display and
for sale at
Groth Music in
Octave (# 86)
I've been wanting
to make a blue one for years now. Finally got around to
Back, sides and neck are
Hard Rock Maple.
The top is made of Spruce. 20 inch scale.
Really good good
quality Chinese made individual Guitar tuners.
Flat Ebony fretboard with
Side port sound holes.
TR-1 Bronze Allen Guitars
D'Addario phosphor bronze strings.
Shop Cat inspected and approved!
The case is made of Pine 2X4's and
Lined with foam and blue felt.
Brass hardware with a leather strap and
Octave is sold!
will be making another