Octave Mandolin


The octave mandolin occupies a sonic space between a guitar and a mandolin, it combines the punch of the mandolin with the sustain and range of a guitar. I used elements of both instruments in the design of my octave mandolins. I used the body shape of A-model mandolin and the induced arch and x-bracing found in most “flat-topped” guitars. The result is a pleasing full tone with plenty of volume. There are many wood options available for tops, back & sides, and neck. I have built them with Sitka and Adirondack tops, both with excellent results. I’ve used granadillo, black walnut, mahogany, padauk, rosewood, tzalam and maple with excellent results. All impart flavor of their own to the tone. 


Scale Length: 22.75”

Body Dimensions” 12.75” W x 17” L x 3” W

Total Length: 36 ½”

Nut width: 1-11/32”

Nut: Bone

Fingerboard Width @ 12th Fret: 1-5/8”

Tuners” Grover, Nickel

Tailpiece: Allen AR-2 Nickel

Back & Sides: Granadillo-many options available

Top: Sitka Spruce, Adirondack Spruce-other options available

Neck: Maple, laminated with contrasting stripe(s)

Fingerboard & Headstock Veneer: Ebony

Bridge: Ebony, adjustable

Finish: Lacquer

Case: Superior Arch-topped Hardshell

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