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Although I build each instrument the same way, and each mandolin sounds great and looks good, they all sound different. If they didn't sound good I wouldn't sell them.
I never use any kits.
I use the best wood available and good hardware. These mandolins are made in Smyrna, in the heart of Tennessee.
Looking for a mandolin?
I handcraft all Cross mandolins.
I use the best wood I can buy to build my mandolins:
curly maple back sides and neck,
Sitka or German red spruce front, tone bars and kerfing,
mahogany blocking/bracing inside,
walnut or ebony peghead overlay veneer.
I carve and shape all wood parts.
three ply ivroid binding,
G.H.S. median strings,
mother of pearl inlay (cut by me).
Arn’s Woodworking since 1999
I think you will like the sound and look of the Cross Mandolin.
Except for the oval hole mandolin
all mandolins are $2000,
price includes a hard carrying case.
The oval hole mandolin is $2500
All the materials for making a mandolin
Two halves of wood for front or back are glued together.
A duplicator carves out rough shapes of the front and back.
Sanding the back.
Bending the sides with heat.
Bent sides in form to complete shaping.
Carving the scroll
Adding kerfing to the sides.
Making the bridge
Dressing the scroll
Cutting channel for binding
Cutting slot for neck
Applying scroll binding
Applying 15th fret piece
Checking angle of neck to body
Attaching fretboard extender
Cleaning channel for fret
Drilling holes for tuners
Installing mother of pearl diamonds
Blending stain on front
Checking tuners for fit
Adding tobacco brown stain to back
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
These shops have my mandolins for sale.
The pandemic has affected these businesses like all others. Call first to see if they're open
625 Eighth Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203
this is a landline phone
Will ship. Buyer pays postage
These Shops Also Have My Mandolins For Sale
615 Eighth Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203
118-F Midtown Court
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Mandolins no. 72 and 52 are for sale here
Myrtle Beach, SC
2295 NW Broad St.
902 Caroline St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
1505 Downtown West Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37919
STEILBERG STRING INSTRUMENTS
4029 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY 40218