As with all Stelling instruments, only the finest materials are used in making the S-5 Mandolin. The top and back are both hand-carved to replicate the best of the famed Lloyd Loar design with a slight modification of the scroll and tail of the fingerboard. Aged Adirondack spruce is used for the top; highly figured and quartersawn curly maple is used for the sides, back, and neck.

The mandolin is part of the large "lute family" of plucked string instruments. There are various kinds of mandolins in use in Italy; they bear the names of cities or regions: the "Roman", the "Lombard", the "Genovese", and the "Neapolitan" mandolin. They may differ in size, shape, number of strings and tuning. The traditional Neapolitan mandolin is tear-shaped with a bowl back and a uniquely cut and shaped front (sounding board); it has eight strings paired into the four violin tunings of g, d', a', and e'. The strings are played with a plectrum, producing the rapid and characteristic tremolo sound as the plectrum moves rapidly over unison strings. In that configuration, the Neapolitan mandolin started to be manufactured widely in Naples in the mid-1700s.

mandolin though a western instrument is used very well in carnatic. It is very good to hear the carnatic music through mandolin

Mandolin Types
The common sizes of a mandolin
Soundhole Profiles
Mandolin profiles
The common types of mandolin construction

chord chart of mandolin gives you the various chords combinations to play and hear the romantic tone of mandolin, the very famous player for mandolin is mandolin u. srinivas