Summer Update

I made a new vibrato pattern for some builds I have coming up. I have a few extras that I put for sale on store here. I think they’re pretty sharp looking. You’ll need to shim the neck or cut the neck pocket at an angle when you build your body. I use a 3/4″ to 7/8″ bridge height.

Mandolin Fever

TK Smith
TK Smith
TK Smith

I’ve been on a 5 string kick lately. Shipping out two this week.

The mandolin with vibrato weighs 5 lbs. 4 ozs. and is tuned like a standard mandolin with a C on the bottom.

The mandolin with out vibrato weighs 4 lbs. 11ozs. and is tuned like an octave guitar minus the bottom E.

I changed mine to standard guitar tuning but in Bb so I’d have some lower notes available. Here it is on rhythm changes…

Acme Volume/Tone Knobs

I’ve recreated three vintage style cast resin Volume/Tone knobs. You can choose from RCA-Style, Gibson-Style or Stratosphere-Style. Each comes in Cream, Black or Brown and come in a set of 2 or 4 knobs per package.

You can see photos of each style below and they’re available on my store here.

Progress Picture

I’m getting close on a couple of Specials and these two 5 string mandolins. The finished one is my personal that I built while I had the Glenn Tarver Bigsby in the shop a few years back. I was lucky to have access to it for a month. I also had it X-rayed.

Check back in about a month for finished pictures.

Happy New Year.

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