Martin Cole

This mandolin has a soundboard and back made in the same way as a violin, i.e. carved from two wedges of wood to give a 3-dimensional raised or "domed" shape. This construction in combination with the violin style " f " holes give the instrument extra warmth and clarity in the upper frequencies. Bluegrass mandolin players especially find this helps to cut through acoustically when playing against banjo, guitar, fiddle and bass.

This mandolin has a high gloss A/C lacquer with a dark brown sunburst effect. The figured maple front binding was left in it's natural colour for contrast. The fingerboard is ebony with mother of pearl markers.

The picture of the back was taken before lacquering to show the carved shaping of the two wedges of highly figured maple.

Scale length 350mm

Carved top & back "f"-hole Mandolin