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06-17-2006, 11:27 PM
Im looking into making my brother a Mandolin, as a work in progress birthday progress. My brother's been like my second dad to me, cause my dad's been gone a lot dude to my parents divorce. So I really want to get him something special, and i have very little time, so im thinking that im going to make him a mandolin. What Finishes are used to the burst type paint, like on most acoustics, and on some teles and strats...
Im also looking into building some guitars too...

thanks in advance

Kurt (formally Darth Kurt, due to spam day.)

06-18-2006, 01:39 AM
Whant sort of mando are you making, a F5 or silmilar will be hard to do in a short period of time as it's like making a mini archtop. Buying the book "The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual" by Roger Siminoff will help alot.

Heres some good sites on mando building
The finishes used by manufacturers are poly urethane (now) or nitrocellulose (around 50's,60's maybe 70's)

For a DIYer nitro is the better option. i believe reranch (http://home.flash.net/~guitars/) sell a tinted lacquer sunburst set. You could always mix your own with dyes but you would need to spray it with a spray gun or prevail spray unit.

Here are two different sunbursting tutorials

06-18-2006, 05:35 AM
Hmm good thread amn I am tihnking of making an electric mandolin so if anyone knows how I could go about doing that i would be greatful.

06-18-2006, 11:23 AM
just build a normal mandolin. buy one of the special piezo pickups for it. install that and you have an electric mandolin!

did you get your '62 sg in the end?

06-18-2006, 01:04 PM
Nah it sucks I didn't manage to get it it was too much, so now I am getting a regular special one, couldn't you use a regular pickup in the mandolin of some sorts like a single coil?

06-18-2006, 01:40 PM
the string spacing it too close to use a guitar pickup.


that's what you're going to have to get.

06-18-2006, 01:56 PM
Hmm maybe or I could buy ones like on epis and gibson and deans if you know where to get them kinda pickups?

06-18-2006, 02:33 PM

i assume you mean something like that.

i dont think it would work. it's basically the same as your normal humbucker. but it's got a metal case.

if anything i'd go for something with a blade across it if you insist on using a guitar pickup.

the bridge piezo's are the best bet though.

06-18-2006, 02:35 PM
NO NO NO NO!!!! I mean the gibson epi and dean MANDOLIN pickups.

06-18-2006, 02:43 PM
oh. i wasnt aware that either of those companies produced mandolin pickups.

i just checked google. i cant find anywhere from the uk that sells the epi ones. www.gak.co.uk have some mandolin pups but i dont think it's what you're after.

06-18-2006, 02:47 PM
KK thanks man theyre good, I could wind em myself I suppose, I am tihnking of using a lot of effects on this mando as well like seeing what a sitar simulator with built in drones sounds like.

Ibanez Slayer
06-19-2006, 08:11 PM
Hmm good thread amn I am tihnking of making an electric mandolin so if anyone knows how I could go about doing that i would be greatful.
or you could just build a solid body. just a small simple body, paint it, and get something like a single coil pickup, or buy a 89$ fender electro mando and steal the pickup

06-20-2006, 10:43 AM
Fender make a mano for $89? **** me thats like 40 I may get one of them and just keep it!