|da dog's details:
"this may be a favilla mando pot...it has the rounded neck indent identical to the pix on favilla page one, but Tom couldn't verify for sure...da marquetry is almost 1/8" thick.....todays stuff is usualy 1/32". i didn't want to replate da hardware as i like keeping da funk as it was.
i goatskinned the head, made da neck by bookmatching rosewood slices, and did snakewood for da fretboard and head plate. i put a slice of palmwood under the head plate to give it a rope binding look, and since it is 17.5" scale, with worth CH-LG strings and a ko-olau gold low 'G' string, tuned gDGBD, i inlayed a soprano uke. strings from Mike @ alternate tunings, plug, plug.....
i went with the G tuning because driving it up to C tuning really sinks da bridge low enough to lower the strings to lay on da first fret and i thought the goatskin would rip.
it took 6' of birdseye to get da good stuffs for da neck, the snakewood is waaaay spendy and really really hard to work, and as usual, carbon re-enforced neck and dowel-stick. the tailpeice is a Price straight line i modified.
da biggest, most wunnnerful thing is da SOUND.....the wood archtop-goatskin-ukestring combo give it a wonderfull mellow thing that even banjo-haters will love."