MANDOLIN FOR SALE
Came in as project, I did what I considered the minimum to
make it a playable instrument
A lot of "folk" appeal, and all small shop builds
from this era are always interesting.
We will see what kind of sound it will make
I searched for a W.L. Chambers
and found that we had a Federal Judge , Justice W.L.
Chambers that was in charge of Samoa in the 1800's
He would have been an old man in 1933, and I would not
thought it worth mention until I saw that he died in 1933
in Maryland, the same year this was made.
And constructed out of woods that are in that region
are in this instrument.
He would have been 81 when he made it, not impossible, I'm
61 now and repaired it.
I would guess the back and sides and neck as walnut, the top I
am not sure
It is not cedar, it has no smell but is reddish.
I will guess maybe Fir by its grain.
Nice violin style edges.
A fingerboard was added without a neck reset and was built to
the angle of the neck as it was set.
Its close enough to make a player out of it
I filled in the areas that were needing it and started a tint
coat so see where I am
cut fingerboard to true 16" radius
Added a marker and dot at three
Fretting with 147 Stew Mac wire,
Radius leveled, crowned and polished
Went pretty well, I am hopeful it will play out
Cleaning glue from orig pick guard
2 sided 3M adhesive
Nice tone, not muddy at all
Plays in tune, no compensation issues
OK, well, it will be something for people to try out now, and Mr
Chambers work lives on
"Best Laid Plans Go Asunder"
I took it with me to the Eureka Springs show, without a case.
It was the last instrument I loaded at the show's end, and
when I opened that door to stick in "one more thing"
Out it came, hit the asphalt, and at Mandolin tuning....flew
the hell apart.
Popped what was left of the top off...
Sealed everything I found that was loose on back and sides.
Neck will remain set, and I will rebuild the top to it.
Getting some torrified spruce cleats ready
Not knowing that the top was made with a rib channel, I will
have to repair a few places on the side.
Still a great way to keep a body all in alignment because once
rib sare in the channel, thats it.
Ready to re-fit to channel
Fish glue will be used.
It all snapped into place pretty easily.
Now for another big change.
Since it is slim at the nut, I will make it a 4 string
It will be easier to play.
Filling the old holes
All back finish completed
Now to finish out the peghead
Will not try to hide all this work, just 3 coats of clear
will go on
After the top was refinished, Modern Kluson tuners (Thanks
Red) installed, I opted for a Violin tailpiece that gives better
downforce and looks cool on this body.
I slotted it so ball end strings could ride right up into the
Shaped a Grover banjo bridge to fit the top profile, sound is
much brighter than it was in old setup, nice on single strings.
Well, its back together and I can begin the forgetting of the
sound it made when it hit the asphalt, which was my fault. :)
I think it is a more interesting instrument than it was as a
Thanks for looking
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