Custom Model Mandolin


Features of the Custom model:

Standard Mandolin
Goldfinch Mandolin
A5 Mandolin
Classical Mandolin
F5 Mandolin
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Listen to me play a Red Spruce/Sassaffas Custom Model mandolin - A B C D

If you are lucky I may have a mandolin for sale available immediately.

  • Red Spuce or King Billy Pine top
  • Oval soundhole
  • Smaller body, higher arching than the Standard or Goldfinch models.  Lightly built.
  • Tasmanian Myrtle, European Maple, Tasmanian Blackwood, Bigleaf Maple, European Maple, or Rock Maple back and sides
  • Ebony fingerboard with abalone dots, radiused to 12", some will have 12 frets, others will have 20 frets.
  • Standard mandolin scale length of 13 & 7/8th inch.
  • Neck width at the nut 30mm
  • Cross piece at the 12th fret
  • Bone nut
  • Carbon fibre neck reinforcement
  • Mandolin fretwire (banjo fretwire available on request)
  • Schaller GrandTune tuners with Ebony tuning knobs
  • Wooden bindings and pickguard
  • Modified Brekke bridge
  • Engraved James tailpiece
  • Responsive, powerful mandolin with an open sound and great clarity.  Huge ring and sustain.
  • Hard shell case is included (black AP case)


The custom model mandolin has been customised and modernised by Peter Coombe to produce a completely new type of oval hole mandolin.  It redefines what an oval hole mandolin can do.  It incorporates the best features of the vintage Gibsons and Lyon and Healy mandolins as well as things learned from nearly 25 years experience building mandolins.  It does not have the "tubby" Gibson sound with the over emphasis on the bass, but is evenly balanced across the strings.  The aim was to make an oval hole mandolin that has volume and great clarity so it can be heard in a band situation and sessions.  Hence this model is only available with Red Spuce (recommended) or King Billy Pine tops.  Sound is difficult to describe, but a best attempt would be to describe it as open, even, extremely responsive with a huge dynamic range, great clarity and with a huge ring and sustain.  It is a true oval hole sound, with no trace of the the throaty quality associated with F soundhole mandolins (or modern hybrids), and with the well known clear sweet sound of a Coombe mnadolin.  The tonal quality can be tailored to individual preferences with the choice of the back wood.  Rock Maple for maximum clarity, Sassafras for a warmer sound, Myrtle for something in between.

If you are lucky I may have a mandolin for sale available immediately.