The most complete step-by-step treatise on building an F-style mandolin ever written. Siminoff applies over four decades of experience to guide you through detailed chapters covering: the basics of musical acoustics, how to select the right woods, cutting and shaping the neck, carving the soundboard and backboard, bending the rim, assembling the body, using tap tuning to adjust the soundboard and tone bars, inlaying mother of pearl and abalone, fretting the fingerboard, color finishing and building grain contrast, final assembly. A special highlight is the in-depth chapter on the art of tap tuning. Boasts hundreds of detailed photos, a full-color section on the staining and finishing process, numerous detailed illustrations, and a bonus set of 20 full-size blueprints. Luthier John Monteleone says: "I highly recommend this manual to anyone who might have the slightest notion to build a bluegrass mandolin for themselves. For even those folks who think that they might not have the required skills for making a fine musical instrument like this, just reading this invaluable resource of information might help them to better understand and appreciate how they are made." Comb-bound. 144 pp.