Available in two versions:
17" Traditional scale length
20" Long scale length

14 fret neck
Traditional body: 14"L / 12 "W / 3.1"D
Long scale body: 15"L / 14 "W / 3.25"D
34 mm neck width at nut
string gauges: .012, .020w, .032, .048
tuning: CGDA or DGDA


The shorter scale of the mandola appeals to many who love the ease, feel and appeal of a mandolin, but want more depth of tone. The string length is long enough to work for a rhythmic appoach, though the objective is melody and counterpoint playing. The pitch is lower than a mandolin and the fingering stretches aren't as tight.

The long scale mandola has a deeper tone and perhaps more preferable for celtic music. The traditional scale mandola is the typical and more widely used version, with the more percussive mandolin-familiar tight response. The carved-top creates the crisp and punctuated 'pop-py' sound common with mandolin family instruments with this feature.

I use a 10' radius induced- domed back that brings out the best possible projection and volume compared to carved backs. It also helps keep the instrument more affordable in terms of hardwood material usage and labour. I have made my own small handplane and scrapers to carve the contours of the top to achieve the correct specifications in tone and strength.

The long scale mandola model also evolved into the innovative 10 string short-scale cittern.

Every Nyberg Mandola incorporates solid body plates, a mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard and bridge, adjustable truss rod (through soundhole), chrome precision sealed tuning heads, chrome strap buttons, bone nut and saddle, custom cast and hinged bronze tailpiece, and includes a hardshell archtop case. Lifetime warranty.

Check the Design Ethics Page for details on construction, design, and options such as pick-ups.


Starting at $3550 US ($4250 CAD) 17" traditional.
$3350 US ($4200 CAD) Celtic long-scale 20"
These are base model prices which include a walnut or sapele body,choice of top, and binding. Hardshell case included.

Top Options Body Options Binding Options
cedar honduran mahogany rosewood
engelmann spruce flamed koa ebony
sitka spruce flamed maple cocobolo
port orford cedar indian rosewood brazilian rosewood
alaska yellow cedar paduak  

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