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Front left view of Mandonator serial 2

= Mandonator™ Serial #2 ===

I built this instrument as a prototype, but I played it steadily for three years. In February 2012, I sold it to virtuoso mandolinist John Reischman. It has 5 strings, tuned EADGC (high to low), making it both a resonator mandolin and mandola.


Optional features are:

  • Five strings with 14.295" scale
  • Mahogany back and sides with camatillo rosewood binding
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Snakehead shape, walnut veneer headstock
  • White mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays
  • Nickel plated hardware
  • Gotoh 510 Mini tuners
  • Stamped Gibson-style tailpiece
  • Radiused fingerboard


Standard features include:

  • Spherically arched back
  • Spider bridge and resonator cone
  • Cutaway
  • Traditional F-shaped soundhole
  • Maple saddle
  • Bone nut

Photo of the headstock of Mandonator #2

Walnut burl headstock veneer sandwiched over holly. I hadn't yet designed my 'TG' headstock inlay, or I would have included it.

Photo of John Reischman with Mandonator #2

After a year of owning Mandonator #2, John Reischman commented, “... it is a great instrument and I am glad to own it.”

Photo of the back of Mandonator #2


The body and neck is of mahogony with camatillo rosewood binding

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