The carved-top or arch-top mandolin has a much shallower, arched back, and an arched top—both carved out of wood.
The flat-backed mandolin uses thin sheets of wood for the body, braced on the inside for strength in a similar manner to a guitar.
The courses are normally tuned in a succession of perfect fifths.
It is the soprano member of a family that includes the mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello and mandobass.
By experimenting with different types and combinations of wood, I seek to get the best possible tone from an instrument.
And, by using different woods for body and neck, I am able to offer a wide variety of speaking voices and tonal capabilities.
From approximately 1929 to 1945 the National Dobro Corporation made resonator (mechanically amplified) guitars, mandolins,ukuleles and other instruments, all based on the original work of John Dopyera.
This site is intended to showcase some of their work and help identify particular styles of instruments. Some of these turn up and vary from the standard instruments, but they are usually very nice and are frequently signed by the maker. Martin workers are allowed to build a guitar for their own use after they have been with the company a stipulated period. and serial numbers were added, beginning with #8000.First, they stamped the logo on the back of the peghead (from circa 1895).Each style of instrument has its own sound quality and is associated with particular forms of music.