I just recently bought me a new and my first mandolin, an Eastman 305, and I am in the process of learning to play. I have played guitar before when I was younger, but only got to pick on a mandolin a couple of times. Now that I am older, still only 21, I have decided to try to learn mandolin.
I decided on the better A style instead of a lesser quality F style from reading on this forum. Don't get me wrong I love my A style, but I have got a hankering for an F. Even though I still can't play much.
I was looking through this section on the forum and that's when I thought about trying my hand at making my own.
After some research I learned a lot. Fist thing is I need to decide on whether I want to purchase an IV kit or build the whole thing myself.
I am confident in building it myself, but I am liking the idea of buying a kit. I just don't know if I would get the same satisfaction out of just buying a kit rather than building the whole rig.
So what do some of you guys think on the kit vs. complete build up? If I decide on build up, is there anywhere with guidelines on what to do, other than the bluegrass instrument building book. I am looking for some information online.
I will need to know things like exactly what wood will sound and look the best, preferably sound is more important for me. What glues are best? Are you guys building your necks or are you just building the body and buying a neck? Are there any plans or templates for the jigs required to make the body?
I know this is a lot of information and reading, but I look forward to each and everyone if your responses.