Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Nava Standard Plus Mandolins

I introduced the Standard Plus in 2012. The mandolin has a higher level of ornamentation than the regular Standard and it acoustically, benefits from my handmade tailpiece.
Indian Rosewood with Wenge neck

English Walnut, European Spruce

English Walnut, Cedar, Pearl Rosette
You can see and hear Chris playing this mandolin on his YouTube Channel.

Indian Rosewood, Red Spruce

Left handed; English walnut and red spruce 

Pau Ferro & Red Spruce

Quilted Maple with Black Walnut neck
(this mandolin lives in Japan)

Pau Ferro & Sitka Spruce
Macassar Ebony and few custom details!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Twin Point Mandolins

My Twin-Point mandolin has subtly evolved over the years and here you can see all for them from the first maple one built in 2007 to the present. The head shape, bridge design and my own handmade tailpiece are the obvious changes and quite a few have custom features too! I‘ve just limited myself to a couple of selected photos per instrument (in most cases!)
The first.....

"The Red Mandolin"

 Quilted Maple

English walnut with cast Dean tailpiece
Richard supplied the cast Brian Dean tailpiece for his mandolin, which got me thinking about the development of my own design. You can hear Richard playing his mandolin here. The accompanying guitar is also Richard, playing a Nava Model Two guitar. Many thanks!

 English walnut

Cocobolo and Adirondack, "F" style head
At Brendan's request, this was the first of the F style heads 

Cocobolo and Adirondack

Cocobolo and Adirondack

3 piece Cocobolo back with custom "Family Tree" inlay

English Walnut and Adirondack

Indian Rosewood and Adirondack

Cocobolo and Adirondack with a touch of abalone


#14 Cocobolo and Red spruce
More details of my twin-points and other mandolins can be found on here my website