Mandolins


Mandolin by Steve Grimes, Hawaii

I played mandolin and fiddle in  a bluegrass band and fell in love with small string instruments. Mandolins were my first building instruments. I built 40 of them before building guitars. I still love doing it. Not so well known is the fact that I still make two styles of mandolins,

These instruments are constructed using the finest tonewoods, with the highly figured sides and backs being cut from the same board. This gives a perfect visual and tonal match.  The woods have been in my shop for at least 10 years. In the case of the koa ukuleles, the top, sides and back are all cut from the same board.  I prefer the appearance and tonal quality of wood binding and purfling, but plastic is available upon request.

Scale lengths, nut widths, neck sizes, etc are standard, but customizable. Please inquire.

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