The Shippey “Axe” mandolin has a flat top and carved back and it is this combination that gives the “Axe” mandolin its unique tone.
Warm and full in the low register,  bright and clear at the top end –  It is highly responsive, but will also deliver when played forcefully.

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; Indian Rosewood binding front and back. Ebony is used for the bridge and fingerboard.

Precision mini-Gotoh enclosed tuners come as standard (on 8-string model) and provide smooth, accurate tuning.
Ultra-lightweight Gotoh “Stealth” tuners are standard on the 10-string model.

The cast bronze tailpiece (made in the USA by Randy Allen) makes string changing, with both ball and loop end strings, quick and simple.

This model is played by Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Faustus) and Ward Dhoore (Trio Dhoore, Snaarmaarwaar).





Cedar top
English sycamore carved back
Ebony Fingerboard
Brazilian Mahogany neck
Polished Ebony bridge
Indian Rosewood head facing
Rosewood 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 (8 string)
Lightweight Gotoh “Stealth” tuners (10 string)
Bone nut and saddle

365mm scale length
30 mm nut width (8 string)
38mm nut width (10 string)
275 mm body width
9.5 ” radius fingerboard (8 string)
12″ radius fingerboard (10 string)
Adjustable truss rod


8-string …… £1595
10-string …… £2035
(case extra)

Janice Burns and Jon Doran

Janice Burns

Ward Dhoore

Ward Dhoore with Snaarmaarwaar