I recently finished this Elle-5 for Oren. The 16” Gibson L-5 from the 20’s and early 30’s is my all time favorite archtop. It can’t be overstated the impact that it had. It became the prototype and standard for how the archtop developed it’s own voice as a solo and rhythm instrument in the decades to come.
I built this electric mandolin to display at the Vancouver International Guitar Show, August 2018. It has since sold through The Music Emporium in Lexington MA. This one has a standard 13-7/8” scale length and a nut width of 1-1/8” I’ll be making a few different versions of these in the coming months.