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Here's Dennis Elliott's description
of his new mandocello,
which he converted from a Kay archtop guitar.

Hey Red,

I finally made the Mandocello!

It was made from an old Kay Guitar. Nothing fancy - plywood top.

The neck wood seemed a bit soft but it seems to be holding (at least for now). The neck is steel reinforced, but not adjustable. It was warped when I got it, but I removed the fingerboard and sanded out the warp.

The first time that I reset the neck it slipped, so I added some screws to reinforce on the 2nd go around.

I did not remove the frets, so I drilled 2 holes around the 15th fret to steam the neck loose. This was my 1st time to steam a neck loose, so I was really nervous, but it worked out fine. I may one day get around to covering those holes, but for now… I’ll just pick it!

I used your neck specs. I left the neck a bit fatter in back than I would have liked, but again I was a little worried about neck warpage.

It sounds nice and full!

Thanks for the Inspiration, Red!!!


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picture of mandocello - heel of the neck

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