Technical Resources

In the interest of sharing information, this Technical Resource page has been made available to provide fellow luthiers with various supporting data and the most up-to-date information relating to The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual 4th edition, The Luthier's Handbook 2nd edition, The Art of Tap Tuning 2nd Edition, and our ProSeries Drawings for the A1, A5, F4, H4, and H5 instruments.

All of these documents are free PDF downloads to be viewed or printed as needed. (Please note that our ProSeries Drawings pages are 9˝x12˝ or wider format. For accurate sizing be sure to print them at 100%.)

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The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual, 4th Edition:

Benefits of tone bars over X-bracing for A5/F5 - CLICK HERE

 

The Art of Tap Tuning, 2nd Edition (available March 15, 2022):

Introduction to voicing and tap tuning (VIDEO, 9.4 min) - CLICK HERE

Tips for using StroboSoft for tap tuning (1.6M), rev. 7/28/22 - CLICK HERE

How to use the Peterson 490 Strobetuner for tap tuning - CLICK HERE

 

ProSeries Drawings:

Specifications for original A5 "snake" peghead - CLICK HERE

Optional oval hole soundboard and brace for A5 mandolin. (This optional drawing is not included in our ProSeries A5 Drawing set.) - CLICK HERE