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Oval No. 20

Over time I've come to using Red Maple and Claro Walnut almost exclusively for my mandolin backs and sides. It turns out that the specific gravity ranges for these two woods is very similar: Red Maple between .49 and .61 and Claro Walnut between .51 and .64. I've always felt that the walnut yielded a warmer and mellower tone but these numbers aren't saying that!

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Salvaged Fir (likely Abies procera or Pseudotsuga menziesii)


Curly Claro Walnut
(Juglans hindsii)


Curly Claro Walnut
(Juglans hindsii)


Curly red maple (Acer eubrum)

Neck Reinforcement

Carbon Fiber


East Indian Rosewood  (Dalbergia latifolia)

Scale Length

13 7/8"

Tuning Machines

Rubner Gloss Black Classic


Bill James

Width at Nut

30mm / 1.20"

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