Stewart-MacDonald A5 & F5 Mandolin Kits
By Tom Erlewine
November 11, 2004 - 7:00 am
Stewart-MacDonald A5 & F5 kits
New from Stewart-MacDonald are two carved top mandolin kits, both offering quality materials to produce a future family heirloom. Requiring few tools for construction, the A5 teardrop style mandolin comes with a pre-finished carved top and everything needed including tone bars, kerfed linings, bindings, fretwire, nut, dot inlays, endpin, truss rod, peghead veneer and a blueprint. The arched top and back of the A5 can simply be sanded and assembled, or if preferred, carved and tap-tuned for optimum sound.
Providing even greater scope for the potential luthier, the Stewmac F5 scroll type mandolin is supplied with the parts already mentioned, along with a dovetailed curly maple neck, 29-slot ebony fingerboard, assembled curly maple rim with dovetailed neck block, carved curly maple back and European spruce top. Both A5 and F5 require the purchase of tuners, bridge and tailpiece, and both are designed by Don MacRostie, creator of the renowned Red Diamond mandolins.
For further information, including prices, contact:
PO Box 900
Athens, OH 45701
Kit web site
Toll Free: 800 848 2273 (US & Canada only)
Fax: (740) 593 7922 (24 hours)