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

  • Made almost entirely from Australian native timbers
  • King Billy Pine top
  • Oval soundhole
  • Customers choice of Queensland Maple, Queensland Walnut, Tasmanian Blackwood or Tasmanian Myrtle back, sides and neck (Blackwood is recommended)
  • Bindings and pickguard from matching Australian native or imported woods
  • Ebony fingerboard with abalone dots, radiused to 12"
  • Neck width at the nut 30mm
  • Bone nut
  • Carbon fibre neck reinforcement
  • Wooden tuning knobs (Ebony, Gidgee or Ironwood)
  • Modified Brekke bridge
  • Engraved James tailpiece
  • Exceptionally fine, mellow, sweet and clear sounding mandolins.  The best examples have excellent volume and projection - i.e. they are loud and penetrate well through the noise of other instruments.  Not recommended for players who have a heavy right hand.  Most of these instruments respond well to a light or medium touch, but do not like to be played hard.

Many options are available.  Each instrument is tailored to each individual customer.  Email me for more information.

Please note:

King Billy Pine timber is a precious resource.  The trees are very slow growing and only grow in Tasmania.  After many years of non sustainable logging, it is now illegal to cut down a living tree.  A reliable supply of good quality wood is now non existent and I am entirely reliant on what wood I have stored in the workshop.  I can no longer afford to discard wood that has defects such as small knots.  Unfortunately small knots hidden in what looks like perfectly clear timber is very common in King Billy Pine and has been the source of much wasted time and timber in the past.  Please bear in mind that some Goldfinch mandolins will have less than perfect wood for the top.  Some will be free of knots, or I may successfully hide the knots (e,g, under the fingerboard), but you take your chances.  Nowadays probably only about 1 in 2 or 3 tops will have no "defects".  Most of the small knots are not a structural or acoustic problem.  Rest assured if I was concerned about a knot, I would not use the wood for a mandolin.  If this bothers you then please order my standard model with a Spruce top, or request that the King Billy Pine be stained black.  Just be grateful that I can still make mandolins from this timber.  They certainly do have a classy and unique sound, and I would like to continue to make them for as long as possible.  Fortunately, due to a bad tendency to overspend on wood in the past, I do have a good supply of King Billy Pine that will last for many years, but it does need to be conserved as much as possible.  I will not listen to complaints about "defects" in King Billy Pine, customers will have to accept that it is a limited and precious resource and nobody can be choosey.