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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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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 Brushing Varnish.

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Campfire Mandolin Kit
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4 4-05-2014
Generally good but one problem

I don't usually buy kits but I needed to build some small instruments quickly for a local arts and crafts fair that my business sponsors.
The campfire mandolin kit was generally very good but there was one significant issue - the top brace wood was cut with the grain running in the wrong way - horizontal instead of vertical! It did not cause me a problem as I always have lots of bracewood in my shop, but would have caused a serious problem to someone without a guitar shop. I did not use your method of sanding the braces. I used a simple adjustable sanding jig that I made for use when undertaking guitar repairs. Much more positive especially when sanding the rim.

Jeff Jay  Three Rivers, CA Read my reviews (4)
3 11-30-2013
Good Starter Kit, Needs Errata for Instructions

The wood in the kit was first quality, and the instructions were very good for a beginner like me, as far as they went. As others have mentioned, the neck caul was not a good fit on my kit. This could have been easily corrected if I had paid attention to the reviews first, but by the time I noticed it the instrument was far enough along that it was a real problem. Also, after I got the back trimmed, I realized that the heel of the neck was set so that I could have extended the back out to cover it, which would have saved me the trouble of making a vegetable ivory slice to cover it. I suggest adding an errata sheet to the instructions advising folks about these two points. Some advice about how to remove/replace the bolt in the neck to adjust the fit would be good too.

Ralph Geary  Napa, CA
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3 11-12-2013
Not Bad, Not great

this kit is really cool. Some of the parts don't fit together, like the caul for the neck block or the location of the hole where the neck bolt goes is misaligned. Granted I should have called Stew-Mac and their awesome customer support would have fixed it. I was away for a few months working and couldnt get back to send it back in time so Im stuck with what I got, now as I glue it together Im learning my first mistake...dry fit everything. but its a great bargain. And stew mac has great stuff. I would still buy it all over again I would just wait before I glue it all together. good luck with your build.

5 8-21-2013
Campfire Mandolin

What a great product/project to have available for someone like me who has little to no wood working skills. I purchased this mandolin a few weeks ago and have had the most wonderful time putting it together. It comes with all the parts you need to assemble except the hardware and strings. The list of tools listed on the instructions to assemble was very helpful. Read the instructions and then decide on your plan of action for assembly. You will end up with a beautiful very nice sounding mandolin. This will not be my last one, I have plans for another string instrument in the very near future. This one was way too much fun and a great kit for any beginner to get his feet wet at instrument building. Get you one you'll be glad you did.

Javier J. Rincones  Texas Read my reviews (2)
2 7-30-2013

Made a pretty nice mandolin, but it took Stew Mac 3 different shipments of parts before I finally had enough good parts to build one. Very frustrating. Had to completely rebuild the neck from new parts. If you're up for drudging through the frustration that I had to eventually get good parts, you'll get a great sounding mandolin.

Chris Graham  Columbus, Ohio Read my reviews (2)
5 6-26-2013
Can't wait to build another one

I really enjoyed building this. It is an excellent introduction into building an instrument. The Campfire Mandolin has given me the confidence to step up to more complex builds. My goal to build a Gibson F4 style, and I think this was a great first step.

Jeremie Dunlap  Spokane WA Read my reviews (2)
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5 4-15-2013
Great Intro to Mando Building

This kit is a great introduction to mandolin building. The quality of the wood is very nice and the instructions are easy to follow. Here are a couple of hints for building this kit: (1) dry fit, dry fit, dry fit; dry fit everything before assembly, in particular the neck block. (2) This is a small instrument and the overlapping bracing pattern might make the top too stiff. Don't overlap the bracing and move the two braces running along side the sound hole from the front to the back more into the middle so that they don't touch the kerfing. (3) Install the back with a small tab that overlaps the heel of the neck (see picture inset). This is known as the button in the violin world and helps to stabilize the neck. The resulting mandolin has a mellow sound and is surprisingly loud for such a small instrument.

Hilmar Hansson  Rhode Island Read my reviews (4)
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4 4-14-2013
Nice wood, great learning tool

I've been doing guitar repair work for many years but this kit was my first foray into mandolin construction. For the most part it's an excellent kit and a great introduction to much of the basics of mandolin construction (much of which can be applied to other stringed instruments). The quality of my kit was very good overall -- very nice wood in particular. Instructions were clear and allowed room for some variation in approach where I was more used to doing things my own way. My only criticism is I would have liked to have been able adjust the neck heel a bit, but the preset mounting screw (which I did not want to remove) made that difficult. But overall it was a pleasure to build and left me with an attractive, fully playable instrument with great tone and projection.

Paul Hoogeveen  Hudson, MA Read my reviews (2)
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5 2-03-2013
My first selfconstructed instrument

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!

Mishiron  Hradec Kralove, Czechia, Europe
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5 1-27-2013
Solid Timber!!!!

Sounds better than $400-$500 instruments

Adrian Stuckey  Gold Coast Australia Read my reviews (29)
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