Project
2018
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


Lacquered fingerboard









Still adding clear




First Setup


Tuned CGDA,
34-24-14-10
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 re-fretted



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.

FINAL SHOTS
 

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 extension
The tone is even better than before, this will make some player happy.









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