The Small Celtic O mandolin isn’t so small! It’s just a bit smaller than my regular mandolins which are really big. The Small Celtic O mandolin is similar in size to a Sobell mandolin. The design and construction is similar to the larger model, but the sound has more focus, with excellent projection.

The instrument pictured is the satin finish prototype. Your Small Celtic O mandolin will have a high gloss finish. The Small Celtic O mandolin back is curved rather than carved.


The instrument featured is a satin finish prototype.

The Small Celtic O mandolin is shipped in a Hiscox case, in a plywood packing crate.

"My Forster O mandolin is very bright which cuts through really well and I didn’t have any problems hearing it in a session despite having two border pipes near me! My playing was more precise as I wasn’t accidentally hitting other strings when playing so that was much better than the other mandolins I have. I really like the wide neck which is something I hadn’t considered before. The actions works well for me and again this makes it an easy instrument to play. Very pleased with the mandolin so thank you. "

Ken, Country Durham, England.
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  • Material

    Soundboard – mature seasoned European spruce

    Back and sides – there are many options - mahogany, maple, figured mahogany, wenge, ziricote or figured bubinga.

    Neck - mahogany.

    Fretboard - ancient bog oak.

    Bridge - rocklite ebano, ebony or maple.
  • Hardware

    Tuners - Gotoh 510

    Frets - hand polished Evo gold frets with hand polished semi hemispherical ends.

    Nut and saddle - hand polished bone.

    Tailpiece - custom made, hand polished solid brass.
  • Dimensions

    body width - 290mm
    body length - 325mm
    depth at tail - 50mm
    nut width -8st 34mm 10st 38mm
    scale length - 347mm