Instruction Sheets: PDF Document Downloads

Missing one of our installation instructions? Want to see a sample of one of our ProSeries Drawings? Click on any of these free PDF documents to download them to your computer. To access the file, simply click on the red heading link and then click on either the “save” button or the “print” button. Speed of download will depend on your internet connection.

Mandolin Bridges (adjustable): How to install and fit adjustable mandolin bridges, includes string spacing guide for bridge. (416K)

Mandolin Bridges (one-piece): How to install and fit one-piece (early style) mandolin bridges, includes string spacing guide for bridge (F4 width) and hole location for fingerrest pin. (812K)

Soundboards: Information about the graduation of our soundboards, suggestions for shaping the scrolls, photo of original F-5 soundboard scroll, details on gauzing our Redwood soundboards. (324K) [Revised 12/05]

Soundhole Rosettes: How to cut the notch for our #420 F4 rosette, install it, and mask it off for finishing. [Rev 10-15-10] (777K)

Backboards: Information about the graduation of our backboards, suggestions for shaping the scrolls, photo of original F5 backboard scroll. (328K)

Tailpieces: Instructions for attaching our #305-J tailpiece to the mandolin and how to adjust the angle of the base, now with instructions on bending using a vise when necessary). [Rev 1-6-2013]

Virzi Tone Producers: Details on where and how to install the Siminoff Virzi Tone Producer [Rev. 5-15-06] (288K)

Neck joints, dovetail: Information about how to align and do final fitting of our dovetail neck joints (216K)

Neck joints, “V” joint. How to align, fit, and dowel the Siminoff “V” neck joint. [Rev 12-15-07] (652K)

Rib sets, F- model: Information about assembling our steam-bent F-model rib sets. (280K)

Rib sets, A- model: Information about assembling our steam-bent A-model rib sets. (260K)

Inlay Filler Mixes: Here’s how to use our ebony and rosewood filler mixes when inlaying pearl and abalone. (588K)

Dremel® Router Accessories: How to set up and use the Siminoff Dremel® Router Accessory for cutting binding notches. [Rev. 2/18/09] (292K)

Assembling Rims in Body Assembly Fixtures: Things you should know about using our F- and A-model body fixtures, aligning the headblocks, and sanding the linings and ribs. Includes 15 simple steps to rim assembly. [Rev. 12/10/07] (1.3M)

Tap Tune Hammers: Instructions for using the Siminoff Tap Tune Hammer and related accessories. (320K)

Peg hole alignment (inverted machines): Inverted machines are positioned 3/8″ lower on peghead. This drawing shows location and helps plan for peghead inlays when using inverted machines. (96K)

Nut file usage: Method for cutting V-slots in nuts and bridge saddles. (244K)

Compressor setup: How to set up and use the CS100 compressor for tap tuning. (456K)

Fret leveling gauge: Instructions on how to use our fret leveling gauge for squaring and dressing frets. (228K)

Fretboard caul: How to use our fretboard caul when attaching fretboards to mandolins and mandolas. (500K)

Fret setting tool: Instructions for using our fret setting tool for installing flat or radiused frets. (344K)

Fingerrest kit assembly: Instructions for assembling our fingerrest kit for F5 mandolins. (1.3M)

Using binding tape: Suggestions for using binding tape when securing binding in place during the gluing operation. (686K)

Other Downloads (PDF and Excel):

Siminoff Order Form: An order form you can use if you wish to mail in your parts order. (76K)

Page 71 Editorial Correction: This is a correction for page 71 of The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual. (If you have only one photo on page 71 of your book, you should download and print this page. Editions of the book printed after November 2005 have the corrected page with two photos on pg 71.) (136K).

ProSeries Drawing: A sample of page #19 from our F5 mandolin drawing set. (Our ProSeries Drawings are on 12″x30″ paper. This image is cropped and slightly reduced to fit 8-1/2″x11″ page for an easy download.) (104K)

Engineering Change Notice (ECN) #38: Drawing and explanation of addition of a weep hole to the peghead scroll strengthener. (204K)

Fret Scale Calculator: This Excel® spreadsheet will help you calculate the distance between frets for any scale length (fretting intervals). [Rev 4/30/2013] (21K)

Musical Frequency Calculator: Use this Excel® spreadsheet to calculate the frequencies for eight octaves of any musical scale by setting fourth octave A to the desired value. (i.e. fourth octave A is typically 440). [Rev.4/30/2013] (21K)

What was Loar Hearing? This three-page study provides insight into how the Loar-signed F5 mandolins were tuned and why they sound the way they do, today. (668K) (Rev. 6/15)

F5 Mandolin Kit Contents (Bill of Materials). This document shows the contents and options for the three versions of our F5 mandolin kits. (44K)

A5 Mandolin Kit Contents (Bill of Materials). This document shows the contents and options for the three versions of our A5 mandolin kits. (44K)

F4 Mandolin Kit Contents (Bill of Materials). This document shows the contents and options for the three versions of our F4 mandolin kits. (44K)

H5 Mandola Kit Contents (Bill of Materials). This document shows the contents and options for the three versions of our H5 mandola kits. (44K)

Geared Machine Specifications: This document provides all of the measurements and specifications for our line of geared tuning machines for mandolin and mandola. [Rev.11/15/2013](940K)

Peterson Model 490 Set Up Manual (for Tap Tuning): Written by Roger Siminoff, this manual provides additional information on setting up and using Peterson Model 490/590 strobe tuners in conjunction with tap tuning. (404K)

Peterson StroboSoft(tm) Usage Guide (for Tap Tuning): Written by Roger Siminoff, this guide provides additional information for setting up and using the Tap Tune function in Version 2 of Peterson’s StroboSoft software tuning application. [Rev.11/25/2013] (1.37M)

Shop Safety: tips from our Siminoff Luthierie Camp program. (240K)

The F-5L – a turning point in the history of Gibson’s acoustic string instruments. This is the story of Roger Siminoff’s involvement in the development of the F-5L mandolin along with many never-before-seen photographs. (PDF 1.3M) (This article, along with color photos was posted in Mandolin Cafe in May of 2010.