Mandolinettos

  The mandolinetto is strung and set up like a standard mandolin, but on a small guitar shaped body.  They were mostly made around the turn of the century through the twenties and appear in old catalogs and photos from that era.  I own an old one, The Vernon, made of oak and spruce with a mahogany neck.  I fell in love with the sound and style, and decided to make a copy.  It came out delightfully well, so now I try my best to keep the mandolinetto from falling into obscurity, by building more and more of them.

  I build two different body styles...  The original Vernon, and a slightly wider, longer variation I call the Verola.  The base price for the Vernon is $1600 shipped with a hard case, $1700 for the Verola.






 John Hasbrouck picks on his new lefty (my very first) while I play the old Vernon.






 



Inlaid pickguard.




Engelmann spruce top with ebony bridge




 Reclaimed cherry sides with hand rubbed finish



Bear-claw sitka spruce




Moustache bridge with compensated bone saddle.