1960's Mandola Project
Made in Japan
AFTER STRIPPING-New Tints added
Clear coats added
A little more amber added to this coat
Fingerboard is a type of wood like mahogany.
I darkened some of the blocks for the heck of it
Going on up the neck with finish
Still adding clear
I noticed that when it was under tension, the fingerboard has
some lifting that could not be seen.
When I encountered this, I saw the fret board would need to be
pulled, neck leveled, board leveled re-glued and then
Ready to pull frets, then board
Ready to level neck and board
Board was easy to pull.
Re-attached, clamped and curing
Flat block sanding the board, the dark spots are still low
Will stop here, and begin a 16" radius.
That will make for a more comfortable player
Chalking up to see the progress
All to profile and ready for slotting
Slotted, dyed, ready for frets
Board dyed and lacquered
Going in with 147 wire
Changing the back look, I wanted some light in the middle to
match the neck burst.
All good to go now, plays beautifully, the radius is good and
smooth and I radius-ed the nut and saddle to 16" as well
I flush fretted the last 4 frets because no one plays up over
The tone is even better than before, this will make some player
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