J. L. Smith
J. L. Smith
Based in Florida, John L. Smith builds these Telecaster-style electric mandolins in aqua, light blue, cream, and arctic white in addition to sunburst and custom colors. He writes: "Consider me a builder who believes that comfort, playability, and tone are the three most important issues when building, and I do my best to lean that way with my instruments." For a player's perspective on John's work, read this review from a satisfied customer.
     Here are the standard specs:
  • Solid body (alder or poplar)
  • 1-piece maple neck
  • EMG Select humbucker
  • 2-way adjustable truss rod
  • Andrew Jerman bridge with barrel saddles
  • Scale length: 13.875 in.
  • Rosewood fretboard with mother-of-pearl dot position markers, 12-in. radius
  • Side mother-of-pearl dot position markers
  • Width at nut: 1.125 in.
  • Width at 12th fret: 1.5 in.
  • Waterslide decal logo
  • Fully copper-shielded pickup cavity
  • 500K mini pots
  • Volume and tone control knobs
John also offers quite an array of custom options:
  • Custom colors
  • Ebony or maple fretboards
  • Figured maple tops
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • 5-string option
  • Other scale lengths
  • Custom pickup configurations, with switching
  • Hardshell case or gig bag (Access brand)
To discuss options and pricing for your mandolin, you can reach John by or call 772-202-4750.