Mandolin scale length: Is 15" pushing it?

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Re: Mandolin scale length: Is 15" pushing it?

Postby Clay Schaeffer » Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:47 pm

If it doesn't come up to pitch you can always tune it a step lower. The C melody of mandolins <g>
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Re: Mandolin scale length: Is 15" pushing it?

Postby Jason Rodgers » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:52 pm

Exactly. I am not opposed to making them short mandolas (C G D A).
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Re: Mandolin scale length: Is 15" pushing it?

Postby Jason Rodgers » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:58 am

Still getting unprecedented time in the shop. Tops and backs for both instruments are ready to go with braces shaped to rough dimensions. Waiting for the rain to stop to glue up. Got some necks roughed out with V joints: headstocks will be ready by tomorrow. I need to do a little more drawing full-scale to work out neck attachment angles. I should also consider fingerboard and bridge materials. Zoom-zoom!
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Re: Mandolin scale length: Is 15" pushing it?

Postby Bill Raymond » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:59 am

Does it ever stop raining in Portland??
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Re: Mandolin scale length: Is 15" pushing it?

Postby Jason Rodgers » Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:43 pm

Hey, it's not Seattle! Yes, it rains a fair bit, but we get some good stretches of dry weather in the summer... not usually until the middle of July, though. The grass turns brown, and that often lasts through the middle of October. Then back to rain.
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Re: Mandolin scale length: Is 15" pushing it?

Postby ken axe » Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:54 pm

so...?
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Re: Mandolin scale length: Is 15" pushing it?

Postby Jason Rodgers » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:19 pm

Alas, these little buggers stalled out. August rolled around, and the humidity jumped up to a point I didn't feel comfortable gluing anything. However, the necks have V-joints cut and ready to glue, the fingerboards and bridges are roughed out, and the tops and back are braced and ready to go.

Thanks for checking!
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