Octave Mandolin

The octave mandolin occupies a sonic space between a guitar and a mandolin, it combines the punch of the mandolin with the sustain and range of a guitar. I used elements of both instruments in the design of my octave mandolins. I used the body shape of A-model mandolin and the induced arch and x-bracing found in most “flat-topped” guitars. The result is a pleasing full tone with plenty of volume. There are many wood options available for tops, back & sides, and neck. I have built them with Sitka and Adirondack tops, both with excellent results. I’ve used granadillo, black walnut, mahogany, padauk, rosewood, tzalam and maple with excellent results. All impart flavor of their own to the tone.



Scale Length: 22.75”
Body Dimensions” 12.75” W x 17” L x 3” W
Total Length: 36 ½”
Nut width: 1-11/32”
Nut: Bone
Fingerboard Width @ 12th Fret: 1-5/8”
Tuners” Grover, Nickel
Tailpiece: Allen AR-2 Nickel
Back & Sides: Granadillo-many options available
Top: Sitka Spruce, Adirondack Spruce-other options available
Neck: Maple, laminated with contrasting stripe(s)
Fingerboard & Headstock Veneer: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony, adjustable
Finish: Lacquer
Case: Superior Arch-topped Hardshell
Many options available