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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:14 am 
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Last Name: Thatcher
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I thought I'd start a new thread for the final photos of this pair of mandolins. Some of the build photos are in this thread (http://www.luthiersforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10128&t=48906), but the title was somewhat misleading. Also, this sub-forum seems to be neglected in favor of guitar threads, so I'm boosting the thread count! laughing6-hehe

Got this duo finished up last month. Both are super fun to play. The Army/Navy is in the hands of my Uncle-in-law, a classically trained pianist who can sight-read anything you put in front of him. I'm hanging onto the octave and having fun bringing in different sounds and textures to my little trio. I did put a JJB Electronics Prestige 220 pickup in the octave mando. So far I'm not really impressed with the pickup in comparison to my K&K-equipped instruments. Very low output levels from the JJB. And even cranking up the gain as high as I can with pre-amps (I've tried a couple), it sounds thin and lacks balance. So far no response from JJB, either, so that's disappointing.

General Specs:
Walnut back and sides
Ebony fingerboard, headstock overlays, and bridges
Curly maple binding
Baked (Torrified, whatever the going term is) maple neck
Rubner tuners
Bone nut

Here they are:

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:37 am 
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Sweet looking pair or mandolins man. Too bad about the JJB pickup, hope its something you can change out later.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:05 pm 
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Thanks, Kevin. Yes, bummer about the JJB pu. They get pretty good reviews across the board, but this one is a real dud. Amplifies even light taps on the soundboard, but string vibrations just don't come through. It's easily fixed. I'll put a trustworthy K&K in as soon as I can.

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