Parts & Services

NECK PARTS AND SERVICES:
banjo necksmandolin neckstruss rodstruss rod installationpeghead veneerspeghead back veneersattaching peghead veneerspeghead shapingA5, F5, H5, and F4 fretboardsradiused fretboardsGaboon ebony fretboardsBrazilian rosewood fretboardsfretboard extenderspeghole drillingbushing recess drillingbanjo neck heel shapingmandolin dovetail and “V” neck jointsscroll strengthener (plug)scroll strengthener installationbanjo dowel sticksfretwireposition dot stockpearl dotsinlay filler mixnut blanks (bone, Corean, pearl, abalone)

BODY PARTS:
rib sets • rim setsF5/F4 rim sets A5 rim setsblock setsheadblocksf-hole routingf-hole gauzekerfed liningF5, A5, and F4 soundboardsSitka spruce soundboardsAdirondack Red Spruce soundboardsDouglas Fir soundboardsWestern Red Cedar soundboardsplain maple backboardscurly maple backboardsHonduras Mahogany backboardsAmerican Black Walnut backboardsVirzi Tone Producer kitsfingerrest (pickguard) kitsend pinscorner points (bone, Corean)F4 soundboard rosettespeghead inlayssee Catalog Directory

MANDOLIN KITS:
F5, A5, and F4 mandolin kitsquestions and answers about building mandolin kit (FAQS)comparison of F4, A5, F5, and H5 instrumentsOnline Store: Mandolin & Mandola Kits

DECORATIVE PARTS:
15th fret crosspieceblack/white/black bindingivoroid bindingpeghead bindingtortoise shell bindingpearl and abalone tuning machine buttonspearl and abalone inlay setsfingerrest (pickguard) kitsF4 soundhole rosette tortoise shell fingerrest (pickguard) materialcompletion set (hardware)nut blanks (bone, Corean, pearl, abalone)

HARDWARE:
tuning machinesmandolin and mandola bridgesone-piece bridges (early style) left-handed bridgestailpiecesfingerrest (pickguard) kitscomparison of mandolin machine typesend pinspearl and abalone tuning machine buttonscompletion set

PLANS AND FULL-SIZE DRAWINGS:
F5 mandolin drawing setH5 mandola drawing setF4 mandolin drawing setA5 mandolin drawing set early catalog reprints

LUTHIERY SERVICES:
rim and soundboard assemblytap tuning servicepeg hole drillingpeg bushing recess drillingcarving your soundboard woodcarving your neck woodsteam bending your mandolin rib woodde-damping (break-in) service

TOOLS AND FIXTURES:
body assembly fixturesbody templates and patternsSiminoff router attachment for Dremel and Grizzly hand toolsrouter cutter bits fretboard gluing supports (cauls)fret setting tool (for radiused and flat fretboards) fret leveling gauge

TAP TUNING COMPONENTS:
strobe tunerssoftware (computer) tunerstap tune hammersmicrophonemicrophone cablesArt of Tap Tuning (instruction manual and DVD)signal sustainer (compressors)how to choose the right tuning equipmentTap Tuning Equipment Pricing

CONSTRUCTION BOOKS:
The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction ManualThe Luthier’s HandbookThe Art of Tap Tuning •  Constructing a Solid-Body Electric GuitarConstructing a 5-String BanjoHow To Set Up The Best Sounding BanjoSiminoff’s Luthiers Glossary

CATALOG REPRINTS:
Gibson and Vega catalog reprints from the Pickin’ Magazine archives.

EDITORIAL UPDATES TO BOOKS (errata sheets):
The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual The Luthier’s HandbookThe Art of Tap TuningHow to Set Up The Best Sounding BanjoConstructing a 5-String Banjo

SUPPLIES:
glues and cements inlay filler mixbindingfretwireebony for peghead veneersCatalog Directory of PartsAdditional Product Information

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT OUR KITS:
FAQs (frequently asked questions)Assembling rib and block setsmore about neck jointsselecting the right tuning machines tools you’ll need to build a kitbreaking in your new instrument

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Instruction sheets (free downloads)historic catalog reprints (from Pickin’ archives)about Virzi Tone Producersabout Siminoff Banjo and Mandolin PartsAdditional Product InformationOrdering from the  Siminoff Store