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    Default Something a little different.

    Just completed this Octave mandolin. Thought it might be relevant here as it's close to being a baritone uke, but built and braced to take 8 steel strings. WRC top and English walnut back and sides.
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    Got any pictures of the bracing, or how you sized it to deal with the string load?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jupiteruke View Post
    Got any pictures of the bracing, or how you sized it to deal with the string load?
    Sorry, I have no pictures, but it was X braced as a small guitar would be and with slight scalloping on the base side of the X, one tone bar and one finger brace either side. I drew up a plan and if you wish I can photo and post it later.
    Mike.

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    That is a nice looking instrument.

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    I love the sound of the octave mandolin. This one looks like an ukulele, it's even doubly nice!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyb2 View Post
    Sorry, I have no pictures, but it was X braced as a small guitar would be and with slight scalloping on the base side of the X, one tone bar and one finger brace either side. I drew up a plan and if you wish I can photo and post it later.
    Mike.
    I would be interested in a quick picture. I've been thinking of trying a steel string instrument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jupiteruke View Post
    I would be interested in a quick picture. I've been thinking of trying a steel string instrument.
    This was just a rough initial drawing, which I hope is self explanatory. Good luck.
    Octave mando plan.jpg

    I also added a popsicle brace above the no.1 brace, which isn't shown on the drawing.
    Last edited by mikeyb2; 05-16-2021 at 12:07 PM.

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