Electric Mandolin

This cool little one, is the first of the Drake electric mandolins.  Rosie and I wanted to see what we could do with some of the smaller pieces of wood around the shop, so we designed a couple of mandolins.  We thought that it would be nice to have a solid body feel, with electronics, but to still have some of the acoustic tone as well.  The result is this chambered out semi-hollow body mando.

The neck is of Hard Maple, quarter sawn, with a dual action truss rod inside.  The fret board is of some nice Rosewood that sports 22 EVO gold frets.  [EVO is between nickel and stainless steel as far as hardness rating].  The peghead front and back are the same Rosewood that made the fret board.

The body is Basswood with Cherry wood on the front and back.  Walnut accent stripes between the layers of the body.  Rosewood cavity cover.

The tuners are Gotoh and the bridge is custom made to use ball end strings.  I made the nut out of bone and finished the instrument with gloss urethane.