Guitarmaker Issue 47
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The Mandolin Issue
Cover photo: Hans Brentrup mandolin.
Sylvan and Sally Wells take on membership, planning, and budgeting duties. Membership dues and back issue prices raised, and membership changed to calendar year. ASIA online forum announced. With 1 photo.
The Black & Tan Mandolin
A romantic piece on the magic of building a unique mandolin with a curly mahogany back. With 8 photos.
Lloyd Loar: Virtuoso & Visionary
History of the man who designed Gibson's legendary F5 Mandolin, and his contributions to Gibson's success. With 6 photos.
mandolin; Gibson; biography
An Interview with Bruce Weber
John Lowell, Rob Wilke
Question and answer session with the founder of Weber Mandolins. With 8 photos.
A Visit with Rigel
Margot Rome, Pete Langdell, Rick Davis
Brief tour of 5-employee Rigel Mandolins, whose designs stand out in an industry bound by tradition. With 14 photos.
In Search of the Perfect Tailpiece
Why it takes years to bring something new to market. The author discuss his jouney from idea to the first small batch of custom mandolin tailpieces.
Building a Stewart-MacDonald F-Style Mandolin Kit
The author builds a mandolin from a Stewart MacDonald kit and video. Along the way,she customizes the scroll, the f-holes, and inlays Jessica Rabbit on the headstock. Binding is of an unusual plastic.
mandolin; kit; inlay; video
The Mando-Guitar Story
The author builds a unique six-course mandola-sized mando-guitar. Along the way he shares his uncommon thoughts such as "fingerboards should not touch guitar tops" and "bolt on necks are inherently superior." With 1 photo.
CNC and the Mandolin
The author moves from a custom duplicating carver to genuine CNC. The duplicator's problems were strictly hardware whereas the CNC's problems are mostly software. He suggests you make friends with your machine's software person. With 6 photos.
mandolin; tools, power; CNC
Apprenticeships, Part 3
This installment wrestles with selecting aprentice candidates including planning, tests and interviews. With 3 photos
The Concealed Dowel Repair
Inveterate repairman fixes a split headstock and reinforces is with a hidden dowel. With 13 photos.
The Bandsaw Rosette Cutter
A shop-built rosette cutter that uses a drill press and bits of bandsaw blades for the cutters. With 5 photos.
tools, shop-built; rosette
Truss Rod Replacement
Using a shop-made aluminum heating caul to remove a mandolin fingerboard. The author then replaces the truss rod and makes a new fretboard. With 33 photos
mandolin, repair; truss rod; tools, shop-built