Build No. 10

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

“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

John, Thanks again, I could not be happier with my purchase. Excellent workmanship and wood selection.Beautiful finish and fret work. Rings like a bell and loud projection, a Banjo killer for sure. 


Dana H. in PA

"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

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