Lloyd Loars tenure at Gibson lasted from 1919 to 1924. Contributions included adding violin-like F-shaped holes to mandolins, lengthening the neck and suspending the fretboard over the top of the instrument in lieu of securing it to the mandolin top. He also introduced the Virzi tone produces, which was a disc-shaped piece of spruce suspended from, but attached to the spruce top to enhance the tone of the instrument.
The A5 mandolins producing during that time reflect many of Loar's designs and are reflected in these plans.
Note: As ALL of our plans are sold as digital downloads, when you complete your plan purchase with us, you will automatically be given a download link to access the plans.
The images at the top of this product page show the following drawings:
(5) Master Mandolin Plan Sheets
(1) 2D CNC File Content Sheet
These digital download mandolin plans are very detailed and include all the necessary templates, inside forms, and details to make this very exquisite instrument.
If you are up for a challenge in the next step in your instrument building aspirations, this plan is for you. Your return will be in incredible instrument with great volume and balance and with the right appointments, will be an heirloom you and your customers can pass down from generation to generation.
Width: 250.5mm (9 7/8")
Body Length: 326.3mm (12 27/32")
Depth (Varies): 41.8mm to 67.0mm (1 21/32" to 2 15/16")
Scale Length: 355mm (13 31/32")
Standard A5 Planform 8-string Mandolin
F-holes in The Arched Top Plate
Curly Maple Back and Sides With Classic Arch
Tortoise Shell Pickguard
Classic A5 Style Headpiece, Fretboard Suspended Over Top
5 sheets of full sized drawings with:
Overall mandolin top and back plans with complete notes and dimensions.
5 cross sections through the instrument showing every detail and dimension.
Top bracing layouts with top and side views with full dimensions
Back layout and back brace layouts.
Template layouts of all parts including top, back, neck, headpiece, fretboard and more.
Top and Back thickness contours to help to create the arched top and back more easily.
Fret spacing chart
Inside Form and Form Retainer details
Neck block layout
Elevations of treble, bass and neck end of the instrument