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charlesa46741
Nov-04-2008, 5:35am
Just finished my F4 kit. I know many people are interested in various kits. I really enjoyed putting this one together--sitka top, maple b&s, mahog. neck. The finish is french polish over varnish. I'm happy with the sound and action--plenty of work left to improve points, etc. Roger was very helpful in answering my questions.

Rob Powell
Nov-04-2008, 5:45am
Looks wonderful! Congrats!

Skip Kelley
Nov-04-2008, 7:09am
Charles, That mandolin looks awesome! Nice work! The finish is perfect. Nice peghead inlay as well. Time to start the next one!!

Ken Olmstead
Nov-04-2008, 11:49am
That is one gorgeous mandolin! Nice job!!

red7flag
Nov-04-2008, 3:18pm
Beautiful job. I really like the finish and overall approach. The headstock has both elements of elegant and simple which work together well.

woodwizard
Nov-04-2008, 5:11pm
You did an outstanding job on that one. I sure am a sucker for those F4's. Very nice finish.

jim_n_virginia
Nov-04-2008, 5:31pm
wow! nice! How many hours would you estimate it took you to build it? I mean actual working time? just curious.

charlesa46741
Nov-04-2008, 7:45pm
I've been working on it since last January, but built a couple of guitars at the same time--if I had to guess I'd say 100-150 hours.

F5GRun
Nov-04-2008, 8:24pm
I love the color! That french polish is so awesome I can see my self in the reflection! Also dig your peghead logo. Id love to see the guitars you been workin on too.

Tom C
Nov-05-2008, 9:18am
You confirmed my decision to give one a shot also. Was this your first build? What level kit did you get?

Tim W
Nov-05-2008, 9:34am
Has anyone here done one of the F-5 kits from Roger? If so how did they sound? Any photos?

Fretbear
Nov-05-2008, 9:39am
Gorgeous....

Tim Saxton
Nov-05-2008, 11:23am
I must remember the 10th commandment:

"Thou shalt not covet thy Cafe neighbor's mandolin"

JEStanek
Nov-05-2008, 11:29am
Wow, excellent job. You should be very proud.

Jamie

charlesa46741
Nov-05-2008, 12:26pm
Thanks for the positive comments--I have a long way to go to come up to the level of craftsmanship I've seen on this board. In answer to some of the questions, I've built one one other mandolin (F5). That one was from scratch. I did a kit this time because I didn't have a well executed instrument (actually I didn't have any mandolins) and some people on the Cafe suggested a precarved top and back would help refine my scroll. The kit I got had the neck and peghead shaped, the blocks cut, the sides bent and the top and back carved with the soundhole cut. My opinion is that most of that work is not that difficult (I've carved violin tops and backs). The kit leaves plenty of challenging work. I didn't get the neck joint cut--I wish I had so I could see what is involved in fitting the dovetail. Again, I found Roger very supportive. I just ordered a carved top and back and will be starting on another F5.

Bernie Daniel
Nov-06-2008, 10:24pm
Incredible job. Very beautiful mandolin. Surprised no one has asked but are you please with the sound of it?

Bill Halsey
Nov-06-2008, 10:52pm
Very lovely, Charles -- Congratulations, indeed!

Stephanie Reiser
Nov-07-2008, 2:59am
Nice Job!
I especially like the finish.

charlesa46741
Nov-07-2008, 6:01am
I'm happy with the sound, but I'm not really knowledgeable enough to give a critique. It certainly has a different character than the F5 model I built.