It is unusual to find a mandolin with a flat top and carved back and it is this combination that gives the “Axe” mandolin its unique tone.
It is highly responsive, but will also deliver when played forcefully.

This model is proving popular with professional musicians and is the first choice of Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Faustus) and Ward Dhoore (Trio Dhoore, Snaarmaarwaar).

The carved back is at the heart of this mandolin’s tone – hand carved from locally sourced English sycamore.
There are no compromises in the materials : beautiful, straight-grain cedar for the soundboard; ebony binding front and back. Ebony is also used for the bridge, head facing, the handmade truss-rod cover and most importantly, the (bound) fingerboard.

Precision mini-Gotoh enclosed tuners come as standard and provide smooth, accurate tuning. The cast bronze tailpiece (made in the USA by Randy Allen) makes string changing, with both ball and loop end strings, quick and simple.


Cedar top
English sycamore carved back
Ebony Fingerboard
Brazilian Mahogany neck
Polished Ebony bridge
Ebony head facing
Ebony binding front and back
Ebony and birch bound fingerboard
Ebony handmade truss rod cover
Satin lacquer finish

Shippey handmade rosette
Cast bronze tailpiece by Allen USA
Mini enclosed gold Gotoh tuners
Bone nut and saddle

356mm scale length
30 mm nut width
275 mm body width
9.5 ” radius fingerboard
Two way adjustable truss rod

Price £1324


Ward Dhoore of Snaarmaarwaar plays his Shippey “Axe” mandolin