The classic combination of carved top and carved maple/sycamore back , along with a slightly larger
than standard body, give the “Tone” its distinctive sound.
It is open and loud – with great projection, a rich bottom end and a bright and well defined high register.
This mandolin has evolved slowly over the past 25 years to become one of my most popular and lasting models.
European or Engelmann Spruce carved top
European Maple or English Sycamore back and sides (carved back)
Handmade Shippey Rosette
Bound Ebony Fingerboard
Brazilian mahogany neck
Bone nut and saddle
Ebony binding to top and back (Bird’s eye maple optional)
Headstock faced with Indian Rosewood.
Back of head Indian Rosewood or Sycamore
365 mm scale length
30 mm nut width
280 mm body width
9.5″ compound radius fingerboard (other radii and flat fingerboard optional)
Two way adjustable truss rod
Cast bronze Allen tailpiece.
Tuners: Grover 309 (Nickel or Gold ) or Mini black Gotoh enclosed tuners.
Grain pattern (figure) can show huge variations from one piece to the next and
more highly figured backs, depending on availability, are at additional cost.
I will be happy to discuss options and send photos at the start of the build.
Ebony binding is fitted as standard. Bird’s eye maple is at additional cost.