About / Contact
London Workshop Address

Unit 10, 58 Chadwick Road
London SE15 4PU

Nearest Tube - Peckham Rye

Large free car park adjacent to workshop

Visits to workshop wellcome
By Appointment

☏ 07766677429
📧 sean@ashmandolins.co.uk

Secondary Workshop located in Stockport / Manchester

Starting with Archtop Mandolins, I've been making musical instruments since 2008. With a family tradition of carpentry, probably the woodworking gene in my my blood caught up with me. So I swopped a career in IT for Professional Lutherie. Instead of simply collecting a salary, I began to indulge in a passion for creativity using natural materials. And a background in IT certainly helped me to advance.

Viennese Style Mandolin Construction PhotoBespoke Acoustic Guitarin the workshopBlock of USA Western Maple Tonewood, Scroll Mandolin Neckworkshop in Peckham, London, UK - acoustic guitar construction underwayPeckham workshop photo, showing acoustic guitar back in foreground
Combining Traditional Methods, Materials & Modern Technology is my Forte. For example, using a computer to draw & print fretboard slot positions. 100% mathematically accurate, I also use a computer to calculate & plot nut slot string positions. By eye this is a difficult & error prone task especially in the case of multi string instruments, such as a 12-string guitar.
mandolin fretboard, fret position measurements from nut by computer
Perfect Fretboard Measurements
Using Adobe Illustrator, three parameters are entered into the program - nut width, the scale length & the number of frets. With 100% accuracy, all measurements of the fretboard are plotted - its length & shape, width at nut, fret positions & fret marker dots. This can be printed and used as a plan to cut the fretboard slots by hand. The big manufactures on the other hand use CNC machinery.

Acoustic Instruments are my Speciality. I've built countless Mandolins, Ukes & Guitars. And experimented with many brands of pickups & electro-dynamic contact microphones. My aim is to achieve the best possible natural sound quality from my own instruments. Countless hours of work, impossible without the passion for what I do!

Tiger Maple Tonewood Block and PlaneAcoustic Guitar Soundboard Bracingacoustic guitar fretboard close upacoustic guitar construction, sides bent to shape & joined end blocksCNC Cut Acoustic Guitar Freboard, Swallows InlayMaple Block for Mandolin Neck, Cutting the Neck angleMandolin Neck Prep - 14 Degrees AngleTen String Mandolin Construction, Ribs Joined to End Blocks10 String Mandolin Binding Glued in PlaceBespoke Acoustic Guitar - Sound Hole Shot