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Mandonator 7 from cutaway side

= Mandonator™ Serial #7 ===

This instrument was commissioned by multi-instrumentalist Alan Bond.


The options he chose are:

  • Five strings with 14.295" scale
  • Bubinga back and sides with curly maple binding
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fingerboard bound in curly maple
  • White mother-of-pearl diamond shaped fingerboard position markers
  • Curvey, paddle shape headstock with bubinga veneer, bound with curly maple
  • White mother-of-pearl star inlay on headstock
  • Nickel plated hardware
  • Gotoh 510 Mini tuners
  • Cast James tailpiece
  • Radiused fingerboard


Standard features include:

  • Spherically arched back
  • Spider bridge and resonator cone
  • Cutaway
  • Traditional F-shaped soundhole
  • Maple saddle
  • Bone nut
  • Glossy lacquer finish by Addam Stark of Santa Cruz


Right side view of Mandonator 7

Bubinga body with curly maple binding.

Headstock of Mandonator 7

Bubinga veneer headstock with curly maple binding and white mother-of-pearl inlay. Alan requested a fan shape head.

View of back of Mandonator 7

The curly maple binding ripples with motion in the light. The neck is mahogany.

View of the binding on Manondator 7

The use of curly maple on the heel cap, and to bind the body, fingerboard, and headstock resulted in a lovely appearance.

You can see photos of this instrument under construction on its Shop Talk page.


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