Custom, hand-built guitars and mandolins, restoration, repair and consignment for collectors and Bluegrass and acoustic musicians by Chris Oliver in Springfield, Illinois.
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I got a chance to shape the fretboards. This is not as easy as you might think. There is a lot of end grain to deal with. None are identical in grain nor shape… just one factor that makes each … Continue reading
Wow… bindings for the fretboards and bodies have arrived. The celluloid nitrate bindings require hazmat fees just to ship them. These bindings are the same style used on Bill Monroe’s mandolin and the others signed by Lloyd Loar back in … Continue reading
An ebony billet turned into several fretboards. When working with solid wood, always make more than you need… you know what happens otherwise. I cut the blanks from a billet I acquired from a woodworker in the state of Washington. … Continue reading
Wow, the easiest part of the build is complete. The cases have arrived! Here are a few flight cases and a couple soft backpacker-style cases.