Is the back made of maple? If so, what kind? I've never seen maple like that, especially on a mando.View attachment 318922 View attachment 318924
Business has slowed down with the ending of the school year so there's more time to spend hanging out outside with the mutts, and this Moon mandolin. The photos don't show the wear and tear but it's getting a bit beat up.
Moon comes from Scotland, solid maple, spruce, and rosewood. It hung in a music shop for a while because they wouldn't budge on the price, but after they took it to a show and it was scratched a bit, they dropped the price so I snapped it up. I learned later from the builder that it should have come with a custom case or bag, and that the retailer or wholesaler had sold the case separately. Someone out there has the case.
I made the cocobolo/bone bridge, hollowed out from the underside, replaced the original cheap tailpiece with a Weber, rounded over the binding as it was kind of sharp edged, installed the Schaller machine heads, and attached the upgraded strap buttons. Someday I'll get it refretted and get the fingerboard radiused a bit more. I truly love this thing as it's been through thick and thin with me, back and forth to the east coast several times, gigged, recorded, and dragged to the beach and cottage. Simon Mayor (look him up, it's worth your time) once told me that he liked it and he doesn't generally get with flattop mandolins much. I kind of shrugged and allowed that it was very well played in.
I know a guy who has a Sawchyn (Regina builder) that I like a whole lot. It would be my idea of a worthy addition/replacement if it ever came to that.
It's maybe not the best photo. The Moon was made in Scotland so I don't know where the maple came from but it's just standard flame maple that is common on violins and mandolins.Is the back made of maple? If so, what kind? I've never seen maple like that, especially on a mando.
I don’t think you can go wrong with the Waterloo, but if the L1 is working for you, it’s a pretty darn cool guitar. I have the Waterloo Jumbo and it’s a fantastic guitar. One of these days, I’ll have to check out the WL-14.Been playing alternatively and on and off Gibsons L-1 1928 Blues Tribute and L-OO TV for the last two days since I want to compare with Waterloo WL-14 TR available at my local music store... Would finally have to bring both Gibsons for that lenghty comparative session ! Yeah, I "unfortunately" got greater pleasure than ever playing the L-1 : I guess my private courses did help correct my technical skill as I can efficently fret (1,725 nut width) and play it fingerstyle much better than my clumsy hands barely allowed me to do before ! So, not sure I would sell this little L-1 to get the Waterloo... Anyway, I am planning the comparative session for some rainy day next week...
Well, I tried the WL-14 TR : I want that ladder braced bluesy sound.I don’t think you can go wrong with the Waterloo, but if the L1 is working for you, it’s a pretty darn cool guitar. I have the Waterloo Jumbo and it’s a fantastic guitar. One of these days, I’ll have to check out the WL-14.
I have a feeling that if I try one, it will haunt me until I get it. I just ordered a wooden resonator to go along with my steel, so I’m hoping they will help with my “bluesy” GAS for a while!Today, a bit on Martin OOO-18...
Well, I tried the WL-14 TR : I want that ladder braced bluesy sound.
The question is "Is it that different (Worth three grans ?) from what I already have or would I have to sell one or both Gibsons ?"