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Flat-Top Mandolin

Instructor:  Scott Hausmann

$1,600  (includes standard materials and gig bag)
1 week
Next Classes:


Course Description

In this intermediate level course you’ll learn how to build a flat-top mandolin from scratch starting with dimensioned materials and high quality components. We’ll make relatively basic instruments in this class inspired by the early Gibson fat-tops, and the contemporary work of Larry Breedlove.
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These are very good sounding mandolins that are also really fun to play. They’re especially nice for strumming chords and they really shine for playing celtic music.

In class students will learn how to make the parts, carve the neck, assemble the components, and adjust the set up of their mandolin so it plays beautifully. Your instructor will build an instrument along with the class, demonstrating each step along the way so students can observe the operation before completing it themselves.

Our procedures are well documented and each student will receive a comprehensive course manual for their use.

Instrument Features

These are modest instruments made with quality materials and accessories. Each mandolin will have the following standard features:

  • Honduran mahogany back and sides (upgrades available)
  • Honduran mahogany or Sitka spruce top (upgrades available)
  • Honduran mahogany neck, blocks and kerfing
  • Sitka spruce braces
  • Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • Bone nut
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • Golden Age tuners with relic nickel finish and black buttons
  • Golden Age tailpiece with relic nickel finish
  • Adjustable ebony bridge with black knobs
  • Ebony end pin
  • Side dot fret markers


Body width
Body length
Body depth
Scale length
Nut width
Fretboard radius

Student Qualifications

This is an intermediate level hands-on course. We work full days in the shop, and need to maintain a steady pace to complete our instruments on schedule. Some recent woodworking experience, or a demonstrated proficiency working with your hands is required for this class. Instrument making experience itself is not necessary, but a general familiarity with flat-top mandolin construction is beneficial.

We can help you make sure you’re prepared for the class, so don’t be bashful about contacting us to discuss your qualifications – we’re happy to assist you.


Daily Schedule

1:00 – 5:00
Monday – Saturday
9:00 – 5:00