Design Ethics

+ All instruments now include:
  laminated maple necks with carbon  fibre reinforcement . Walnut or ,mahogany available as option. Gloss finish or Tung-oiled.
  Gold Evo fretwire



Made of cast bronze and pin-hinged, this improvement adds a more distinguished look.

Co-designed by Hornby Celtic Jeweller Kurt Morrison, it provides ease of ball-end string-changing and accommodates all mandola and larger instruments including 10-string citterns. The heavier weight also distributes a touch more sustain all around.

Headplate Logo

Inlaid in black ebony with mother-of-pearl.

All Nyberg Instruments will include this unless specified.

Tonewoods and Finish


Each instrument comes with your choice of a sitka spruce, englemann spruce, port orford cedar, red cedar, or yellow cedar top.

Each of my designs combines experience with strength, and efficiency with tone. Most importantly, you will hear the quality of the materials and the experience of the craftsman. This character urges you to play.

After ten years of building, I still use only solid wood in construction. No plastics or laminates. Expect clean design and workmanship inside and out.

You can see images of the various tonewoods I use here.

Tonewood is chosen by me for it's tonal brilliance and vibrant appearance. Let me emphasize that the 'headquarters' of an instrument's character lies in the soundboard. Most of the vibrational signal is processed there. I handplane or carve and tap-tune each soundboard to attain the desired tone colour based on the factors of the species and grain concentration. A smooth energy transference is of course optimum when considering a signal that originates at the bridge and moves through the soundboard to the body.


I use a gloss hybrid/water-borne lacquer finish. This sprayed finish is wonderful and compares very well to the nitrocellulose lacquer. Water-borne lacquer is crystal-hard, extremely clear and glossy and is stain resistant. It sounds excellent and I can hear no difference between it and french polish due to the method I use to apply and surface the lacquer.

Neck is also this finish unless oil-finish is requested.

Standard Features

Details found on any Nyberg Instrument :

  • All mandolin family and citterns feature a laminated african mahogany neck
  • Top grade solid soundboard
  • mahogany neck
  • adjustable two-way truss rod, accesible through the soundhole.
  • mother-of-pearl fretboard face and side markers
  • ebony headplate with MOP 'nyberg' logo inlaid
  • Another addition is I prefit my bridge saddles with two underlying thin maple veneer shims which can be added to or removed by you to adjust the action. These do not affect tone or pick-ups if used.
  • Solid back and sides, no laminates
  • ebony fretboardebony bridges. Ebony is the great equalizer. Produces very balanced transference of vibration to the top.
  • solidwood binding and purfling
  • High quality tuners
  • solid cast bronze Nyberg tailpiece where applicable



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