Peter Coombe Mandolins and Guitars
Fine hand made mandolins, mandolas, octave mandolins, tenor guitars, and guitars. Made in Australia.
Hand made in Bega Australia from the finest native and imported
Peter Coombe has been making mandolins and mandolas since 1994 and guitars since 2011. In total more than 300 instruments. The instruments are all made in Peter's workshop in Bega and have been sold in Australia as well as exported to the USA and Europe. Peter has been a strong advocate for use of Australian native woods in musical instruments and has published articles on the use of Australian woods in mandolins. One mandolin made almost entirely from Australian woods is in the Music Instrument Museum in Phoenix Arizona USA. Currently he is making oval hole mandolins based on the Gibson oval hole mandolins which includes a special mandolin made from Australian woods, A5 mandolins, a Lyon and Healy reproduction mandolin, a pancake mandolin based on the Gibson Army Navy mandolins, and two mandolins of his own design, a flat top mandolin with a Lyon and Healy style C body, and a smaller bodied (than the Gibsons) oval hole mandolin. In the mandolin family also is a mandola and octave mandolin. In the guitar family Peter makes Tenor guitars, an OM guitar and a small short scale guitar. Instruments can be specially ordered and made to the customers specifications, or bought ready made. Mandolins or guitars currently for sale and available immediately are listed in the for sale section of this web site.
Peter can also do repairs on mandolins and guitars.
New developments - two point Octave Mandolin, and Classical Guitar.
Site last updated 27th August 2023.
There is a lot of information available on this site that has taken an enormous amount of time to produce. As I believe in free exchange of information, anyone is free to use any of the information so long as it is appropriately acknowledged. This especially applies to the papers published in the JAAMI and the sound files below. If you use the sound files, please acknowledge the musicians who kindly produced them for me.
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The most important thing about music instruments - the sound
Here are a few short recordings customers have done for me. Thanks go to Martin and Jean-Pierre
- Leitrim Polkas
- Malarky Jig and Reel (Reese)
- Random Notes (Northumbrian Jig)
- Mother's Delight / unknown (reel)
- Charlie and Euan
- Hildas Tune (Reese)
Here is an MP3 kindly provided by Jean-Pierre Vandervaere of his band .Zizanitza. Jean-Pierre has Goldfinch mandolin #16, made from King Billy Pine and Jarrah. This mandolin is over 25 years old now and as you can hear, still sounding mighty fine. As you might guess from the name, Jean-Pierre is french and lives in France.
Here is a video of Candian celtic band Coid at the 2020 Port
Fairy Folk Festival. The mandolin is a classical flattop
made from King Billy Pine and Tasmanian Blackwood