Build No. 3      
 Body  
 Top: Adirondack Red Spruce
 Back: Eastern Red Maple

 Binding:  Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid

 Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer​
 Neck  
 Wood:  Eastern Red Maple
 Joint:   Mortise & Tenon, pinned
 Truss Rod:  Carbon Fiber Reinforcement 
 Profile:  Rounded V 
 Peg Head  
 Inlay: Mother of Pearl Flower & Pot/ Logo
 Peg Head Binding: Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid
 Nut:  1 1/8" Bone. String width 1.00" 
 Overlay: Gaboon Ebony front and back 
 Fingerboard  
 Wood: Gaboon Ebony, flat
 Frets:  Medium  nickel-silver, 22
 Scale Length:  13 7/8"
 Binding:  Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid Top & Side Bound
 Inlays:  Mother of Pearl dots, Black MOP side  dots
 Hardware  
 Tuners: Gotoh, nickel
 Bridge: Cumberland Acoustics
 Tailpiece: Stamped Prucha, nickel
 End Pin:  Ebony w/Parisian eye

 Finished Wt.(Lbs): 2.18
 Case:  Gator ABS 

  • Margarets Waltz #30:51
  • Chop-Greasy Coat-Double Stops #31:04
  • Clegger's Hair #31:02
  • Cross Keys Waltz #30:58

"I got the mandolin on Friday afternoon and unboxed it right away.  Its absolutely stunning.  I have been playing it non stop ever since.  The ease of playability is superb,  action is smooth and I love the neck shape... The tone is bright, clear and responsive. I can only imagine how it will continue to open up and begin to develop its own voice. All the woods you have chosen are top of the line.  From the Red Spruce top to the highly flamed eastern maple back and sides.  Fingerboard also has a great feel to it.  Binding looks excellent as well, top and back. " 


Kevin W. in California

Construction Photos

“I received the No. 3 mandolin late Thursday. I am very pleased! The build quality is terrific, and the tone is coming along just fine- I played it for a couple of hours and the tone improves as it is played- typical of well- carved instruments. I appreciate the "old-time" feel of the instrument with the flat fret-board, etc. Thanks very much.”

Chris L. in Vermont

No. 4 Construction Photos

Crooks Mandolins

Build No. 01 2015

 Build No. 6     
 Body  
 Top: Adirondack Red Spruce
 Back: Eastern Red Maple

 Binding:  Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid

 Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer​

​ Finger Rest: Abbreviated, ebony
 Neck  
 Wood:  Maple
 Joint:   Mortise & Tenon
 Truss Rod:  Carbon Fiber Reinforcement 
 Profile:  Rounded V
 Peg Head  
 Inlay: Mother of Pearl Ring & Vine
 Peg Head Binding: Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid
 Nut:  Bone, 1 1/8 inch
 Overlay: Gaboon Ebony, ebonized veneer back 
 Fingerboard  
 Wood: Gaboon Ebony, 12 in. radius
 Frets:  Medium  EVO Gold, 22
 Scale Length:  13 7/8"
 Binding:  Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid w/side purfling
 Inlays:  MOP dots, Black MOP side  dots
 Hardware  
 Tuners: Rubner matte brass w/ebony buttons
 Bridge: Ebony,Cumberland Acoustics
 Tailpiece: Cast Bronze (unplated) Allen TR-2
 End Pin:  Ebony w/Parisian eye

  Case:  Hard shell plastic

 Accessories:  Extra Strings, Pick, Leather      Strap, Micro Fiber Cloth



Hand Crafted Mandolins

  • Build No. 01.mp31:06

 Build No. 7   
 Body : A5 Griffith Loar
 Top: Adirondack Red Spruce
 Back: Eastern Red Maple

 Binding:   Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid

 Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer​

 Finger Rest:  Abbreviated, Ebony
 Neck  
 Wood:  Maple
 Joint: Dovetail   
 Truss Rod:  Carbon Fiber Reinforcement 
 Profile:   Rounded V
 Peg Head  
 Inlay:  Gold MOP, traditional
 Peg Head Binding:  Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid
 Nut:  Bone 1 3/16 inch
 Overlay:  Ebony front/rear
 Fingerboard  
 Wood: Gaboon Ebony, 12 in. radius
 Frets:  Medium  EVO Gold 
 Scale Length:  13 7/8"
 Binding:   Ivoroid w/Black side purfling 
 Inlays:   MOP dots, Black MOP side  dots​
 Hardware  
 Tuners:  Rubner Satin Nickel/Ebony buttons
 Bridge: Ebony, Bill James
 Tailpiece:  Prucha Stamped-Nickel plated
 End Pin:  Ebony w/Parisian eye

  Case:  Hard shell plastic

 Accesories:  Extra Strings, Pick, Leather  Strap, Micro Fiber Cloth

Build No. 3 2017

  • Hector the Hero0:57
  • Music Box0:40
  • O Sole Mio0:47
  • Old Man on the Mountain0:39
  • Chop Chords-Blues Riff0:54
  • Open Chords0:26

Build No. 02  2016

  • Brother Barry #40:59
  • Chop-Double Stops #40:33
  • Swallow Tail #41:08
  • Lead Lick-Double Stops #40:28
  • Mountain View Stomp #41:17
  • Greasy Coat #41:18
  • Music Box #41:44
  • G Double Stops #40:31

​​​The top and back plates used are CNC machined by Smith Creek Mandolins for consistent arch profiles. I then graduate the thicknesses by hand to those of Gibson Loar-signed  F5 mandolins.

 Build No. 4  
 Body  
 Top: Adirondack Red Spruce
 Back: Eastern Red Maple

 Binding:  Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid

 Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer​

 Finger Rest: Ebony
 Neck 
 Wood:  Eastern Red Maple
 Joint:   Mortise & Tenon, pinned
 Truss Rod:  Carbon Fiber Reinforcement
 Profile:  Rounded V
 Peg Head  
 Inlay: Mother of Pearl Vine/ Logo
 Peg Head Binding: Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid
 Nut:  1 1/8" Bone, String width 0.97" 
 Overlay: Gaboon Ebony front and back
 Fingerboard  
 Wood: Gaboon Ebony, 12" radius
 Frets:  Medium  nickel-silver, 22
 Scale Length:  13 7/8"
 Binding:  Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid Top & Side Bound
 Inlays:  Mother of Pearl dots, Black MOP side dots
 Hardware  
 Tuners: Gotoh, gold
 Bridge: Cumberland Acoustics, radiused
 Tailpiece: Cast Ashton Bailey, Gold
 End Pin:  Ebony w/Parisian eye

 Finished Wt. (Lbs): 2.28

 Case:  Gator ABS 

 Complimentary:  Extra Strings, Pick, Leather      Strap, Micro Fiber Cloth