This 4th edition (2021) has been fully updated and revised and includes more than 330 color photos and everything you need to know about building a Gibson-style F5 mandolin. The text includes: a primer on musical acoustics, wood selection, graduating the soundboard and backboard, making the neck, truss rod installation, assembling the body, tap tuning, building the fretboard, installing frets, pearl inlay, neck joints, binding the body and peghead, coloring and finishing, string selection, set up, and much more. A super treatise on mandolin building. (2.8 lbs.). A stellar instrument-building manual by heralded luthier and author Roger H. Siminoff.
Introduction by heralded luthier Steven Gilchrist
- 21 full-size fold-out ProSeries F5 construction drawings
- 2 full-size fold-out fixture drawings
- 10 full-size peghead inlay drawings
- 330+ color photographs
- Luthier signature labels
- Tap tuning and deflection tuning techniques
- Coloring, shading, and finishing techniques
- Musical frequency charts
- 150 text pages
- 9˝x12˝, spiral bound
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