Build No. 02  2016

Construction Photos

Hand Crafted Mandolins

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Build No. 3 2017

​​​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.

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“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

 Build No. 3      $2195-SOLD
 Top: Adirondack Red Spruce
 Back: Eastern Red Maple

 Binding:  Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid

 Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer​
 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 
 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
 Tuners: Gotoh, nickel
 Bridge: Cumberland Acoustics
 Tailpiece: Stamped Prucha, nickel
 End Pin:  Ebony w/Parisian eye

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

Crooks Mandolins

Build No. 01 2015