The fast, fun way to build your own A5 mandolin! Quicker and easier to build than a guitar, the critical first steps are done so you're off to a good start.
We create this kit right here in our own shop under the guidance of Don MacRostie, creator of the renowned "Red Diamond" mandolins. We use all top-quality woods and workmanship to make every kit a potential heirloom. There's no plywood in this kit: curly maple is used for the sides and back, with an arched European spruce top.
Learn to build from a pro!
The assembly steps are presented in our DVD How to Build a Carved-Top Mandolin, which we recommend to everyone considering building our A5 or F5 mandolin kits.
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The most difficult work is already done.
The arched back and top are carved, and the sides are bent. The tail block and neck block are glued in place. The neck joint is dovetailed for correct alignment, and the neck is shaped and ready for sanding. Tuner holes are accurately drilled into the shaped peghead. The truss rod slot is cut to fit the truss rod provided. The fret slots have been cut into the fingerboard.
Everything's ready for hand-building, and very few tools are needed. (A Dremel tool is the only power tool you'll need to construct your mandolin.) The arched top and back are ready for sanding and assembly, or you can tap-tune the fine European spruce top until it's just right. Details are included for F-holes or oval soundhole construction.
Included in the kit:
The kit also includes bindings, truss rod, string nut, fretwire, dot inlays and endpin — all of the parts you need to get started!
- Dovetailed curly maple neck
- Peghead veneer
- 29-slot ebony fingerboard
- Assembled curly maple rim with dovetailed neck block
- Carved European spruce top and curly maple back
- Tone bars
- Kerfed linings
This kit is a great way to learn the basics of instrument making.
Your finished mandolin will be an A5 style: it has the full-length, cantilevered fingerboard like an F5, but with the classic teardrop shape. Even if this is your first try at building a mandolin, you'll be proud of your results. Depending on your skill and the care you take in assembly, this can be a professional-quality mandolin. You decide which tuners and hardware are right for it.
When you've finished building the kit, choose the tuner, bridge and tailpiece that's right for your instrument. (Sold separately.)
Easy finishing options
ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer is an economical way for the beginner 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.
View the kit instructions and recommended tool list here.
Also available: F5 Mandolin Kits
Will these videos play on your equipment?
DVD: These DVDs are not "region-specific," and are intended for worldwide use.