Peter Coombe Mandolins and Guitars
A flat top octave mandolin
Many octave mandolins are large instruments with a long
scale length that make them difficult to play. When
designing the Coombe octave mandolin, the overall
consideration was to make it easy and comfortable to play, and
of course to make it sound good as well. This involves a
few compromises in that there is limit on how short the scale
length and how small the body can be made before the sound is
impacted significantly. The scale length chosen was 21in,
which is the same as my short scale length Tenor Guitar.
This scale length is about as short as practical without the G
string sounding "thumpy" when fretted. The body size was
taken from a larger size mandola, and increasing the body
depth to 65mm so the body size is not large. The nut width is 34mm giving a relatively
slim neck for an octave mandolin, once again making it easier
to play. The sound is loud and resonant, with a huge
sustain, and beautiful rich tonal quality.
Many options for wood combinations are available, contact me to discuss what you want.
For more information see specifications or contact me.
NEW - 2 point flat top Octave Mandolin. Scale length 22 inches, but 21 inches is also possible.