Mandolin Build: String Up

(Prev: End Pin)

The builder waits for weeks to live in this moment… what will it sound like? Will the top bracing hold 160 pounds of pressure without collapsing? Will all of the work come together to make a fine and unique mandolin?

I’m actually pleased with the sound. I have the string height set at: […]

Uke Build: String Up

(Prev: Bridge Install)

All that’s left is to cut the nut slots and make the saddle.

This ukulele plays extremely well and the intonation is superb! I like the traditional “look, sound, and feel” of it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on ukulele construction. If you’ve read to this point and have further questions, or would like […]

Steel or nylon strings…

Do I want a steel string guitar, or a nylon string guitar?

This question comes up at some point when students begin taking guitar lessons or shopping for their first instrument.

Steel strings are a little tougher on the finger tips, especially in the beginning phases. Nylon strings are a little easier on the finger tips, […]