Campfire Mandolin Kit

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Easy to build and fun to play! Building the Campfire mandolin requires only basic hand tools, so it's perfect for beginners.

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Campfire Mandolin Kit

Item # 5160
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Easy to build and fun to play! Building the Campfire mandolin requires only basic hand tools, so it's perfect for beginners.

Veteran instrument makers will enjoy it too, because it's a quality instrument in the vintage Army-Navy style. The parts are made to fit together correctly, to save you time and work.

Great sound, great price, fun to build and fun to play!

The Campfire mandolin kit features a traditional flat solid Sitka spruce top, bent sides and flat back of mahogany, machined mahogany bolt-on neck with steel reinforcement bar and slotted rosewood fingerboard, spruce braces, mahogany body blocks, and an ebony bridge. Fretwire, fingerboard inlays and side dot material, nut blank, and strap buttons are included. Order the A-style tuners and tailpiece of your choice separately.

Patterns and complete photo-illustrated instructions help make assembly easy.

Easy finishing options
Builders love to get creative with Campfire mandolin finishes! ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer is an economical way to apply a finish without elaborate setup or equipment. Only a few cans are needed to completely finish your mandolin. Or try brush-on application with ColorTone Brushing Varnish.

Product Instructions

Campfire Mandolin Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions for the Campfire Mandolin Kit.

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Campfire Mandolin Kit

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My first selfconstructed instrument

By Mishiron from Hradec Kralove, Czechia, Europe
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 03, 2013

Dear Sirs, after more then 12 months I already finished my first instrument I ever build. I was surprised by selection of quality wood for the kit - I believe that was first assumption for very good sound of this instrument. I am fully satisfied, this kit was perfect choise for such purpose - I can fully recommend to all who are hesitating to build his own instrument. My next mandolin will be StewMac A5:) Many thanks to all people at StewMac!

Solid Timber!!!!

By Adrian Stuckey from Gold Coast Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sounds better than $400-$500 instruments

Campfire Mandolin Kit

By Antoine from Switzerland
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 05, 2012

The neck block and caul were not fitting at all. I had to do a lot of extra work to make it fit. I had also to do a lot of work to make fit the neck to the body. The fret slots were to deep and to wide. I had to glue in the frets. I'm a little bit disapointed about the poor quality of these Items. I managed to complete the work. The mandolin looks great and souds good.

Excellent sound!!

By bpurch from Kingston, Ontario
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 05, 2012

This mando was my first project, and I'm amazed how well the kit turned out! This instrument is very loud and bright and plays excellent if you take your time to make final adjustments. Fitting the neck was the most difficult part, the concave on the neck did not match the convex of my body. Also spend the extra and buy decent tuners, I opted for the economy tuners and they do not stay in tune, I will be replacing. But overall the quality of this kit is very good and I would highly recommend for first timers.

Campfire Mandolin Kit

By david allard from canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 22, 2011

i bought the kit this summer and i just open the box to start working on it this week. at first i check the neck block and the caul and they were not fitting good.i was able to make it fit with a bit of work. today i check the neck and i will have to work on it too to make it fit on the body but its not to bad. but i was really disapointing when i saw that the tuner i bought (economie) didnt fit at all. i dont know how i will make it fit because i dont have press drill(its off by 1/8)and the fret slot are way too deep for the fret i got with the kit. i will have to put super glue but i will always see the slot on the edge of the neck. there is another piece of wood in the box that doesnt appear on the plan. i think it goes inside under the bridge i will have to figure out where exacly. the big deal is the neck. hope i will be able to make something out of it. all that put me trought more problem solving then i was expecthing from a kit.

Great little Kit

By John Mitchell from Port Ludlow, Washington
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 22, 2011

Great kit, easy to assemble, the only complaint would be that they used Sapele in place of Maple.
Otherwise this is a great kit.
I subsittuted real Maple for this build. And the sound is much more pleasing.
Good quality

Campfire Kit

By Doug D from Ann Arbor, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, July 14, 2011

Currently working on this kit. Wood seems to be of good quality, however many of the parts in my kit seem to be a bit off. The neck block was quite asymmetrical and the contour of the neck heel was not even close to the contour of the neck block. I figured, that's ok, I'll make it work and it'll be a learning experience.

Despite the problematic neck block, the body went together fine and the neck fits somewhat closely with some coaxing. But then when I went to fret the fretboard, I discovered that the fret slots are about three times deeper than necessary, making it difficult to seat the frets securely. The fretboard worked out ok too with a bit of superglue and finess.

Now, however, I am perturbed by the fact that the tuning machine holes are not even close to the right spacing (off by 1/8") and without a drill press, I'm not sure what to do. I have learned a lot while building this kit, however, I have also been significantly slowed down and, frankly, annoyed when dealing with the parts which were supposed to "fit together correctly, to save you time and work."

Great kit and good training for Acoustic Guitar

By Ian Verner from Sydney, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, June 18, 2011

Just finished and very happy with result, instructions great and timber components great quality. Easily converted to left hand by making new bridge and with binding it came up very well. Have completed two ukes, now this, so I guess the next step is the big one!

Perfect Introduction

By WalkingWhidbey from Oak Harbor, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 16, 2010

I was very sad to see these kits go away and extremely happy to see them back. They are a perfect way to introduce yourself into instrument making. The most difficult parts are already done (neck, sound hole, bending the sides) but you do get to do your inlay, dots, bracing, kerfing, fitting, gluing, etc. Pay good attention to the nut and bridge to get that action right. The result was a nice playing that I've been using for over a year now.

Thanks to Stew Mac for bringing it back!

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