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Picture of the front of Mandonator 8

= Mandonator™ Serial #8 ===

This is a 5-string octave mandolin-mandola. The tuning is like a 5-string Mandonator™ (EADGC), but an octave lower. Another way to look at it is that it's a combination of an octave mandolin and a mandocello with a resonator. You can hear it on the Ghost Riders video on the Listen page.


The optional features are:

  • Five string octave (~22 to ~23.25" scale)
  • East Indian Rosewood body with ebony binding and herringbone purfling
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Spanish cedar neck
  • Snakehead shaped headstock; rosewood veneer
  • Celtic knot headstock inlay
  • No cutaway
  • Multiscale
  • Gold-plated Gotoh 510 Mini tuners & bronze Orrico tailpiece


Standard features include:

  • Spherically arched back
  • Spider bridge and resonator cone
  • Round soundholes
  • Radiused fingerboard
  • Maple saddle
  • Bone nut
  • Glossy lacquer finish by Addam Stark of Santa Cruz



Photo of the back of Mandonator 8

The ebony binding and herringbone purfling are quite handsome.


Photo of the headstock of Mandonator 8 with inlay

I thought the Celtic knot inlay would be appropriate for this instrument because I expect it to sound marvelous on Celtic music.

Close up picture of the perfling and inlay wedge on the tail of Mandonator 8

A closer look at the binding and purfling, and the inlay wedge on the tail.

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


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