Raydoris Mandolin #1

by | 18 May, 2013

SoldDunn Mandolin for Sale:
This is the first mandolin I built and it was based on a Stewart McDonald A5 kit. The name on the headstock, “Raydoris”, was used as a testimonial to my parents who have passed away. The first two mandolins I built were branded “Raydoris” and I have since changed to Dunn Mandolins.

Asking Price: $900.00

Serial Number
Build dates:
Finished and set up:
A5 Mandolin
Body closed: January 2010
April 2010

The sound and backboards of A5-01 were hand-carved and graduated by myself to blueprints from a vintage mandolin.
The building of A5-01 was very much a learning experience and offered me a few lessons and opportunities to carry out modifications to completed work, as I never intended to sell the mandolin rather I was going to use it while learning to play. I replaced the original fingerboard due to playability issues and the new one is dead flat with even frets and plays easily. The tone, volume and timbre of the mandolin was always good due to the fact it was hand-carved with great care. It now is a very playable mandolin, albeit with a few cosmetic faults due to my experimentations and modifications.
I am offering for sale as a great mandolin to learn on, at a reasonable price for a hand-crafted custom mandolin with great tone, volume and timbre.


Soundboard European spruce, hand-carved and graduated
Backboard Curly maple, hand-carved and graduated
Finish Tinted nitrocellulose lacquer, red sunburst
Rims Curly maple
Neck Curly maple, dovetailed joint
Fingerboard Ebony, 29 fret slots
Fingerboard binding White / black / white
Fingerboard side dots Black
Fingerboard inlays Mother of Pearl, 5/8” diameter dots
Frets Stewmac narrow/medium 18% silver –nickel fretwire
Peghead veneer Ebony
Blocks Mahogany
Body Binding White / black / white plasticTailpiece Stewmac nickel-plated
Bridge Stewmac ebony adjustable archtop bridge
Nut Bone, 1 5/32” wide x 7/32” thick
Tuners Stewmac nickel plated economy A style
Peghead binding White / black / white plastic
Pickguard N/A
Endpin Black ebony with mother of pearl dot
Strap button Black ebony
Strap Deluxe Stewmac leather strap
Case Lite carry case, velvet lined at no extra cost.