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ELECTRIC MANDOLIN (emando)

I've always enjoyed making solid bodied instruments; I like the sculptural process of shaping a large solid piece of wood by hand. So, it's only natural that I find myself building emandos. An electric, solid body mandolin offers a robust alternative to an acoustic instrument for the gigging musician or an interesting variation for the player who wants a different voice.

With these electric instruments, there are many possible designs (see archive) and all are built to the same exacting standards as my acoustic ones.

Using mini-humbucking pick-ups and a piezo transducer gives a wide tonal variation and a simulation of an acoustic sound.

Another feature is the handmade tailpieces: designed for ball-end electric guitar strings to give the player a greater choice.

The pictures on the right show my latest chambered body variant. You can also see the love and care that goes into my instruments in this series of build videos.

If you'd like any further information about my electric mandolins or have an idea for your own project, please e-mail me; info@navaguitars.co.uk