Dating kentucky mandolins

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The more simple “A” models often have only one small brace between the oval sound hole and the bridge, at 90′ to the grain.

Usually, solid maple, mind the backs of quite a few A models are carved from birch. The back of a “Celtic mandolin” is usually flat or gently curved.

It wasn’t until I nagged Stefan Sobell into trying birdseye maple in the late 90s or early 00s that I saw a Celtic mandolin with a carved back rather than flat or curved like a conventional steel string guitar.

Arched work, which I find generally to be superior is usually X braced.

Nothing is ever clear cut: some makers of more “American” style work have also experimented with the X brace, the best known case, Steve Gilchrist of Australia who makes magnificent mandolins destined for the Bluegrass market, did so by having the X intersection directly below the bridge.

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