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    Just finished. Guitar shaped mandala. American sycamore and spruce.
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    Wow ........ nice! Would not have thought of sycamore but it is beautiful.

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    The sycamore back is beautiful. My understanding is that "sycamore" means different things to different people - is this the plane tree, Platanus Occidentalus, which I think is aka the American sycamore? Is that the natural color or is it stained?

    I don't think I've ever seen it on a mandolin-family instrument before - are you pleased with the sound?

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    It looks outstanding! Have you made any recordings?
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    It is American sycamore purchased at a local saw mill in Illinois. No stain finished with Deft clear wood finish semi gloss in the can. I am happy with the sound. I just put strings on yesterday. Still settling in. I will try to record a friend of mine in a week or so. Much better player than I am.
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    Looks lovely! My David Lim mandolin is sycamore back and sides, but British sycamore so directly related to maple. Really sweet sounding.
    I love the figuring in the back of yours.
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    I have another set of sycamore back and sides I will be using for my tenor harp guitar build.
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    Mandola looks really nice! Is it already spoken for?

    And I'm intrigued by the idea of a tenor harp guitar. Got a harp mandolin hanging on the wall; haven't figured out what to play on it yet.
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    Hadn’t really thought about selling it. At my point in life I build what strikes my fancy. Are you interested?

    The harp tenor guitar has been on my mind for several years. I saw a harp guitar in the local museum that was built about a 100 years ago in my hometown of Davenport Iowa. Decided to pattern it after that one. Click image for larger version. 

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    Why do builders want to make everything guitar shaped ?

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    We don’t. I do a lot of different shapes. (I’ll admit I’m not into F shaped instruments.)
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    And I'm intrigued by the idea of a tenor harp guitar. Got a harp mandolin hanging on the wall; haven't figured out what to play on it yet.
    OK, now I'm intrigued: does it have harp strings? Most of the vintage mandolin ones I've seen didn't, which seems to defeat the whole point?

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    Yes the tenor harp guitar will have 4 strings on the fretted neck and 4 bass strings on the other neck.
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    That looks great! I’m a big fan of guitar bodied OMs & have always been intrigued with the GB mandola concept but never had the chance to try one. Hopefully there’ll be a video or sound sample in the near future
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