Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Electric Mandolins

I’ve always enjoyed making the odd solid bodied instrument; I like the sculptural feel that you get when shaping a large solid piece of wood. Below are two of my solid bodied e-mandos; one with an ash body (2013) and the other maple (2014). Both have blade style humbuckers and piezo transducers in the bridge. You may notice the family resemblance to my Model 2 instruments!

Custom left handed version (2016)

Twin Humbucker + 19 Fret neck (New design 2017)

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Octave Mandolin

Here is my octave mandolin (2016)- this particular version has (at the client's request) a tailpiece for ball end strings.

Friday, 1 January 2016

4 String Classical Guitar

Here is another bespoke instrument built to a client’s unique specification: a short scale (625mm), 4 string, classical guitar based on my parlour guitar design.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

10 String Mandocello

Here is a truly unique custom built instrument: 10 string carved top mandocello with pin-point capos. Tuned from a low C to high E: the pin-point capos allow for a variety of open tunings to be used.
Carved top from European spruce. Indian rosewood back and sides, all fully bound in maple.
Abalone and rope rosette with complementary rope purfling around top edge.
Maple neck with rosewood laminations- carbon fibre stiffeners and two way adjustable truss-rod.
Ebony fretboard with gold evo frets. Scale length 643 mm.
Handmade tailpiece.
Satin French polish finish.
Pin point capos; 5th course 2nd and 4th frets, 4th course 2nd fret, 3rd course 2nd fret.
Headway under saddle transducer using phantom power.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015


This is my current (2015) mandola design and spec for this particular instrument.
410mm scale length; neck/body joint at 13th fret.
35mm nut width.
Maple neck with walnut laminations, carbon fibre inserts.
Sitka spruce soundboard with bound sound hole.
Black walnut back and sides fully bound in maple.
Indian rosewood fretboard, compound radius, wide gold evo frets.
Rosewood bridge with bone saddle.
Handmade Nava designed tailpiece.
This mandola was commissioned to match Standard Mandolin V.
If you are interested in commissioning your own mandola, you’ll find contact details etc on my website.

Monday, 4 May 2015

London Guitar Gallery 12 string Dreadnought

I was delighted to receive an email and some photos from Richard of his guitar. I built this 12 string Dreadnought in 1980.  The body is longer than a standard D shape as it is designed for a 12 fret neck. Richard commissioned it from the London Guitar Gallery and is still playing it.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Custom 00 steel string guitar.

This is a custom 00 size guitar that I built in 2011. This is probably my favourite “Martin” size; fortunately prior to getting this commission, I had done some restoration work on an old Martin 00 and had made a copy of the outline shape!
The back and sides are from some beautiful Honduras rosewood.