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Flat-Top Mandolin

Instructor:  Scott Hausmann

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


Course Description

In this entry level course you’ll learn how to build a flat-top mandolin from start to finish using commonly available materials. We’ll make basic instruments in this class inspired by the work of Larry Breedlove of Breedlove Guitars, and Mike Dollack of Big Muddy fame.
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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, assemble the components, and adjust the set up of their mandolin so it plays beautifully. Your instructor will build a mandolin  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 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
  • 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 introductory hands-on course. We work full days in the shop and we need to maintain a steady pace to complete our instruments on schedule. Some woodworking experience is helpful, but it’s not absolutely necessary if you’re good at working with your hands. Please feel welcome to contact Scott directly if you have any questions about your qualifications for this class.


Daily Schedule

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