Hans de Louter Carved-Top Mandolin, 1997.

This is a picture of the carved-top mandolin Hans de Louter made out of the top that was originally intended for the the first carved-top bouzouki, but was rejected due to imperfections in the wood. Fortunately, these were near the edge, so the top could be trimmed down to mandolin size.

This mandolin was also a bit of an experiment to get all the angles and many other construction details right for it's bigger brother.

It is shown here in it's completed form, but before finishing.

The head on this mando is, of course, much smaller than on the bouzoukis. But other than that, the same construction is used. The black-on-white, ebony on maple, contrast shows a lot of detail. Note the pointy end of the back veneer of the head. And note also that the veneer at the front of the head extends under the fretboard (visible as a tiny black wedge between the maple and the white plastic binding).

The neck of the mando lacks the center strip, though the back does have one. The back of the instrument is basically flat, but it is slightly bent lengthwise to give it more stiffness.

The heel is shaped like a miniature guitar neck heel, which is much more elegant than the rounded heels usually found on the Gibson Style "A" mandolins.

The heel cap is ebony.

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(Modified: Mon Mar 9 21:29pm by han / hspeek@xs4all.nl).