#153736  by ccw3432
 Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:39 pm
Here's a Tiger inspired electric mandolin I recently built. I put three Dimarzio Super Distortion S pickups in it, with coil tap switches. UGB and OBEL installed. Master volume and two tone pots.

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 #153740  by TI4-1009
 Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:48 pm
VERY impressive! Beautiful- but how does it sound? I'm into building dulcimers, and I've seen guys try to build them using the techniques of Martin guitar building. The consensus is that a dulcimer built like a guitar is not necessarily a good thing.

So why didn't you go for the full 8 strings?
 #153749  by ccw3432
 Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:46 am
Thanks guys. An important question...how does it sound? I decided to go with three pickups and Rosebud style wiring to test some tonal possibilities with an electric mandolin. I thought three pickups may be overkill, but I'm real happy with the results.

On the 4 vs 8 string, I decided to go with 4 strings to get a more deliberate sound with each note. I'd like to do a 5, 8, and 10 string down the line...

Here's a video. I was using mostly the middle or neck pickup. I couldn't resist using some effects at times. At 3:40 you can hear the middle pickup with the coil tapped.

EDIT: I can't figure out how to embed a video! What's the secret? I put the URL between the youtube brackets...
Here's the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUKEO0H3rM4
 #153751  by TI4-1009
 Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:56 am
I'd say: success! Sounds as cool as it looks. A mando with a ton of tonal options. Well done.

So I'm imagining the guys handing that to Jerry when he came out of his coma- just to f^ck with his head a bit... :lol:
 #153752  by hippieguy1954
 Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:04 am
That is a beauty! Sounds great too!

For the vid, you only need the portion of the URL after the = sign. You use the youtube brackets. Not the URL brackets. :smile:

 #153754  by TI4-1009
 Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:45 am
Does Hornsby know about this? 8)

Sooo..... here we go- solid? Chambered? Hollow?
 #153760  by mgbills
 Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:27 pm
I can't play a thing on a mando & I want one.

Beautiful!
 #153761  by tatittle
 Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:12 pm
Beautiful work. So many talented folks building ambitiously out of love and these days. Are those actually coil-splitters?! I dunno nothing about electrical mandolin pup's...
is it common to use either/both single coil and humbuckers or are humbuckers usually chosen? Even a Wald buffer, the Real McCoy as prohibition era bootleggers would say.
 #153762  by tatittle
 Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:15 pm
TI4-1009 wrote:I'd say: success! Sounds as cool as it looks. A mando with a ton of tonal options. Well done.

So I'm imagining the guys handing that to Jerry when he came out of his coma- just to f^ck with his head a bit... :lol:
:lol: :twisted: :evil: :lol:
 #153764  by ccw3432
 Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:10 pm
TI4-1009 wrote:Does Hornsby know about this? 8)

Sooo..... here we go- solid? Chambered? Hollow?
Here's the template...Oh yeah, chambered all the way!
 #153765  by ccw3432
 Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:43 pm
tatittle wrote:Beautiful work. So many talented folks building ambitiously out of love and these days. Are those actually coil-splitters?! I dunno nothing about electrical mandolin pup's...
is it common to use either/both single coil and humbuckers or are humbuckers usually chosen? Even a Wald buffer, the Real McCoy as prohibition era bootleggers would say.
There aren't too many options out there for mandolin specific pickups. I've found a couple but I was kind of drawn to the Super Distortion S for this build. :-) These pickups were designed for guitar. Dimarzio makes several humbucker pickups made to fit in a single coil space, and that's what I used here. I installed coil split switches so you can get single coil sounds. What sounds best is subjective but I'm liking the split middle or humbucking neck sounds the best (which are favorites settings on guitar as well). The buffer definitely gives it that distinctive clarity. This was also somewhat of an experiment to see how these wood choices, pickups and placement, buffer, etc would play in to the tone of a mandolin. I learned a lot on this build about these interactions.