Peter Coombe Mandolins and Guitars
Custom model Mandolin
A modern oval soundhole mandolin
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 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 Spruce (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 throaty quality associated with F soundhole
mandolins (or modern hybrids), and with the well known clear
sweet sound of a Coombe mandolin. 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.
For this model mandolin I do prefer Red Spruce for the top because it gives the biggest headroom and in the long run I think it makes the best sounding instrument. However, it does take a few years to develop it's best sound, and does need to be played. For the backs I like Rock Maple, or for a warmer tone Tasmanian Myrtle or Sassafras. Many options are available, contact me to discuss what you want.
Also available as a long neck version where the cross piece is at the 14th fret nstead of the 12th fret. Special order only.
For more information see specifications or contact me.