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Dusepo
05-15-2018, 04:23 AM
A renaissance Mandore I just finished building. It's an ancestor of the mandolin played much like the ukulele (or mandolin for that matter) is today. Scale length of 35cm. All cherry wood, apart from the spruce soundboard, ash fingerboard and boxwood pegs.

https://i.imgur.com/hR9wlU1.jpg

orangeena
05-15-2018, 04:53 AM
Can you explain the frets please? Are they the same material as the strings?

Dusepo
05-15-2018, 10:45 AM
Can you explain the frets please? Are they the same material as the strings?

They are tied nylon (thinner than the strings). Traditionally this instrument and others of that era would use gut tied in the same way. Many modern instruments still use tied frets, such as the Turkish lavta and saz. The advantage is that they are movable.

orangeena
05-15-2018, 10:25 PM
Thanks. And the knots don't get in the way at all? And (last question), presumably the neck needs to have a consistent profile to allow the loops of fret material to be slid around without becoming loose?

It looks very lovely by the way.

Max