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Flat Top Mandolin Plans
Plans to build an authentic "Army/Navy" style flat top Mandolin. This style of mandolin was popularized around 1920 by the Gibson company. Flat top mandolins are the easiest to build because the top and back are flat slabs of wood requiring no carving and shaping. Plans include a material list.
The mandolin show below is built with a solid engelmann spruce top, curly maple back, curly maple sides and curly maple neck. The fingerboard is rosewood and there is a rosewood veneer on the peghead face. The bridge is ebony and the nut is bone. The mandolin body has a cream binding top and bottom with a .20 black inner strip. The peghead has an original design logo and "Crystal Forest" tree insignia that was cut from .50 mother of pearl. The finish is semi-gloss acrylic lacquer. On this mandolin I used Grover 18:1 A-Style Tuning Machines.
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