Recently I've been looking at Mandocellos trying to figure out how one is built. There are far too many variations of this instrument and a few of them I've seen that look just like an acoustic dread.
I'd really like to find the plans to potentially try to build a proportionally bigger mandolin, but I have some wood I'm willing to sacrifice to build a guitar and set it up as a Mandocello to see if it will work.
If anyone has any innovative ideas on maybe how to make this instrument work, I'd most definitely like to hear. I've never seen one of these in person, and all I have to base anything off of is the few youtube videos that I did find on Mandocello.
I'm going to be in way over my head trying to build one of these, but I'm down for the challenge and the possibility of actually getting one.
Unless some insight changes my views, I've got a guitar rim ready to go, with a back and top braced up that needs shaping. I'm considering to cheaply put this together as a trial run on the mandocello. If it fails, no harm done, if I actually build a successful instrument, then I would try again with much more time/money invested into the final outcome.
Feel free to throw in any ideas, far fetched or not ;)