Jackson Guldan's early Ohio made guitars had a unique neck setup - the angle can be adjusted anytime by turning a screw inside the body at the neckjoint. -- With that adjustable neck, a 24'" scale and a trapeze tailpiece it makes it a good choice for octave mandolin conversion.
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I've put on new locking tuners - a new tailpiece and suspended pickguard - new bone nut and modified the bridge for eight strings. -- The top is maple - maple back and sides - maple neck - even the fingerboard is stained maple. It's tuned to play in standard G-D-A-E and the string pairings are:
47-47 30-30 15-15 10-10
The tuning is in fifths, like a violin. -- If you've played tenor guitar or mandocello then chording this is like cake to pick up. If you ever gave up on mandocello this one is a lot easier to handle - especially that bass pair. -- The neck is wider than a traditional octave mandolin - wider spacing between the pairs makes it easier to chord IMO. It's currently setup with a string height of 1/8" at the 12th fret bass side and 3/32" treble side and plays well there up and down the fingerboard.
The acoustic quality is outstanding - it weighs less than 5 lbs, but push it hard on rhythm and it drowns out a dreadnought or a banjo - and the sustain just rings on and on at the end of note.
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Length - 36"
Scale - 24"
Lower bout - 13"
Upper bout - 9 1/2"
Depth - 3 3/4"
Nut - 1 11/16"
Weight - 5 lbs