Thank you for the interest in my JBovier mandolins...
Yep, they're pretty, but that's my last priority after voicing & playability.
Here's how it all happens:
Since 2013, all JBovier mandolin & mandola models are built (to MY specs) in a highly skilled workshop in China.
They do a much better job than I could ever think of achieving, and for thousands of dollars less than building the same exact instruments here... Which benefits players on a budget, like myself!
The basic instruments are then sent to me, where I complete the process and bring each JBovier to life on my personal workbench. This process includes all final clean-up, adjustments, hardware options, fret leveling & dressing, bridge fitting, nut and saddle shaping & slotting, final hand polishing, etc... I use no power tools except a hand drill.
Then I set-up the mandolin for optimum voicing and playability.
Each component is initialed (script "J") and dated on the day it is installed. The interior label is typically my last task, because the mandolin's serial# is the numerals in the final completion date. So, each JBovier is unique and personalized when I'm finished. They are not "cookie cutter", mass production mandolins.
Customers (ordering direct from me) must be patient because I begin work on their mandolin ONLY when it is ordered... and most times there are other mandolins already on my schedule.
I am my entire staff, and I will not rush through the process of creating a finished JBovier mandolin...
But I guarantee it will be worth the wait!
I typically consider a JBovier finished when I can say:
"Geesh... I wish I was keeping this one for myself!"