The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual - 4th Edition

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The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual- 4th Edition

By Roger H. Siminoff

True to its title, this monumental work has been fully expanded and updated to give you all the details you need for building your own Gibson-style F5 mandolin. The F5 is considered the peak of mandolin form and function.

An excellent resource for mandolin construction, it includes helpful tips on carving the top and back, fretting, inlay, and much more. In addition to the text, this book also includes 21 full-size drawings, 2 full-size fixture plans, and 10 full-size peghead inlay patterns. With more than 330 color images and 150 pages, nothing is left uncovered. And it's spiral bound for easy reference on your bench while working.

150 pages, spiral bound.

Contents in brief:

  • Understanding instrument acoustics
  • Wood selection
  • Graduating the soundboard and back
  • Neck construction
  • Installing the truss rod
  • Assembling the body
  • Tap tuning
  • Building and fretting the fretboard
  • Pearl inlay
  • Neck joints
  • Binding the body and peghead
  • Staining and finishing
  • Selecting strings and setup
  • 21 full-size drawings
  • 2 full-size fixture plans
  • 10 full-size peghead inlay patterns