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The Mandolin Kit Wizard is set up to allow you to easily select items that are typically used in mandolin construction. The Kit Wizard provides you with 10% off retail on all parts and 30% off on customizations (services). To get this discount, you only need to include the "required items" in the kit. See those items listed below in the detailed description.  The price on the Kit Wizard will adjust as you add or modify items. 

Adding customizations to your kit will add between 3 and 5 days to the preparation time, depending on the customizations included. 

We highly recommend you watch these videos before using the Kit Wizard. 

  

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Choose the plan you want to start with. We recommend the PL47 plan drawn by Ted Davis. 

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  • Plan, 1923 Lloyd Loar Gibson F5 mandolin (ref: PL47)

    by Ted Davis

    Ted Davis’s plan is hand-drawn (most plans these days are CAD-drawn) but it is still a nicely detailed representation of a 1923 Lloyd Loar Gibson F5 mandolin. The plan includes black and white photos of the original instrument. 2 sheets, 24" x 40".

    Published by the Guild of American Luthiers

    $33.36
    Plan, 1923 Lloyd Loar Gibson F5 mandolin (ref: PL47)

    $33.36
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Bookmatched back and side set includes two bookmatched back pieces and 2 bookmatched sides. 

Typically a quilted neck goes with a quilted back and side set and a fiddleback/flamed neck goes with a flamed back and side set. 

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  • Maple, American Backs and Sides Thumbnail Maple, American Backs and Sides
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Typically a quilted neck goes with a quilted back and side set and a fiddleback/flamed neck goes with a flamed back and side set. 

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  • Maple quilt neck blank, A grade, 16" x 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

    Quilted Maple is a great choice for an F-style mandolin when paired up with a quilted back & side set. 

    $63.51
    Maple quilt neck blank, A grade, 16" x 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (ref: NKMPAMDQ)

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    $63.51

Choose a top here. Spruce is the traditional choice for mandolins.

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  • Engelmann Spruce Tops Thumbnail Engelmann Spruce Tops
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Choose a bridge with either nickel or gold thumbscrews. 

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  • Indian Ebony archtop mandolin bridge w/nickel thumbscrews (ref: BFIEMDNI1)

    Diospyros melanoxylon

    Adjustable Ebony archtop mandolin bridge with individual string compensation. 

    $19.30

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    Indian Ebony archtop mandolin bridge w/nickel thumbscrews (ref: BFIEMDNI1)

    $19.30
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Choose your fingerboard position dots. 

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  • Shell dot, white MOP, 4mm, pack of 20 (ref: DWP4K)

    This is pure shell material, cut straight from the curved inside surface of the shell and then sanded flat.

    Shipping Restrictions: USA Only

    $12.14

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    5 $10.80 Up to $6.68
    Shell dot, white MOP, 4mm, pack of 20 (ref: DWP4K)

    $12.14
  • Shell dot, gold MOP, 4mm, pack of 20 (ref: DGP4K)

    This is pure shell material, cut straight from the curved inside surface of the shell and then sanded flat.

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    $12.14

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    Shell dot, gold MOP, 4mm, pack of 20 (ref: DGP4K)

    $12.14
  • Shell dot, paua abalone, 4mm, pack of 20 (ref: DPA4K)

    This is pure shell material, cut straight from the curved inside surface of the shell and then sanded flat.

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    $12.14

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    Shell dot, paua abalone, 4mm, pack of 20 (ref: DPA4K)

    $12.14
  • Plastic dot, tortoise brown, 4mm, pack of 20 (ref: D4BTK)

    Plastic position markers are a good substitute for shell particularly if you are going to export your completed instrument as there are no export restrictions on these markers.  

    $6.73

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    Plastic dot, tortoise brown, 4mm, pack of 20 (ref: D4BTK)

    $6.73
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FW68 nickel/silver fretwire is the traditional choice here, but if you want something slightly larger we have made that available too. 

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  • Fretwire, mando/dulcimer, 18% nickel/silver, 4 feet (ref: FW68)

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    Our smallest fretwire especially made for banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, and small instruments.

    Fretwire is sold in either 4 or 100-foot lengths. 4 feet is normally enough for one standard instrument if you're not wasteful, but please check your plans before ordering. For easier installation, fretwire is coiled with the tang toward the inside of the curve. 4-foot sections might be cut into halves for shipping purposes. All of the fretwire we carry will fit into a .023" slot, with the exception of the FW75 nickel/silver wire.

    Fretwire Comparison Chart Link

    $4.72

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    Fretwire, mando/dulcimer, 18% nickel/silver, 4 feet (ref: FW68)

    $4.72
  • Fretwire, 18% nickel/silver, 4 feet (ref: FW74)

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    Hard, standard size long-wearing fretwire. This is easily our most popular fretwire and is used mostly for steel-string, but is often used on classical and electric guitars as well. This wire is similar to Dunlop's #6230 wire. 

    Fretwire is sold in either 4 or 100-foot lengths. 4 feet is normally enough for one standard instrument if you're not wasteful, but please check your plans before ordering. For easier installation, fretwire is coiled with the tang toward the inside of the curve. 4-foot sections might be cut into halves for shipping purposes. All of the fretwire we carry will fit into a .023" slot, with the exception of the FW75 nickel/silver wire.

    Fretwire Comparison Chart Link

    $5.88

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    6 $4.70 Up to $7.06
    Fretwire, 18% nickel/silver, 4 feet (ref: FW74)

    $5.88
  • Fretwire, gold “Evo” alloy, 4 feet (ref: FW74GOLD)

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    This is easily our most popular gold fretwire and is used mostly for steel-string, but is often used on classical and electric guitars as well. This wire is similar to Dunlop's #6230 wire.

    Fretwire is sold in either 4 or 100-foot lengths. 4 feet is normally enough for one standard instrument if you're not wasteful, but please check your plans before ordering. For easier installation, fretwire is coiled with the tang toward the inside of the curve. 4-foot sections might be cut into halves for shipping purposes. All of the fretwire we carry will fit into a .023" slot, with the exception of the FW75 nickel/silver wire.

    Fretwire Comparison Chart Link

    $14.06

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    6 $11.25 Up to $16.87
    Fretwire, gold “Evo” alloy, 4 feet (ref: FW74GOLD)

    $14.06
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Choose a tuner. You might want to coordinate it with your bridge thumbscrews. We have had requests to add A-Style tuners for people wishing to modify this kit to make an A-Style mandolin. Make sure you choose the tuners appropriate to the style you're building. 

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  • Gotoh A-style mando, gold plate, black plastic buttons (ref: GMGBA)

    These tuners turn in the reverse (non-guitar) direction when worm gear (shaft) is below the cog. The bass and treble tuners can be switched so that the tuners turn in the guitar direction. That will then put the worm gear (shaft) above the cog. 

    $101.42
    Gotoh A-style mando, gold plate, black plastic buttons (ref: GMGBA)

    $101.42
  • Gotoh A-style mando, nickel plate, ivoroid buttons (ref: GMNIA)

    These tuners turn in the reverse (non-guitar) direction when worm gear (shaft) is below the cog. The bass and treble tuners can be switched so that the tuners turn in the guitar direction. That will then put the worm gear (shaft) above the cog. 

    $84.07
    Gotoh A-style mando, nickel plate, ivoroid buttons (ref: GMNIA)

    $84.07
  • Schaller F-style, nickel plate, pearloid buttons (ref: SMDFSNIPL)

    These tuners turn in the reverse (non-guitar) direction. The worm gear is below the cog.

    $164.20
    Schaller F-style, nickel plate, pearloid buttons (ref: SMDFSNIPL)

    $164.20
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We recommend 1 bone nut here for the mandolin nut and 2 Corian nuts for the points.

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  • Nut, bone, 2 3/16" x 1/4" x 11/32"

    Bone is the material of choice these days for nuts and saddles. Its creamy smooth quality and natural denseness make it perfect both visually and mechanically.

    PDF: Conversion Chart

    $4.21

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    12 $3.75 Up to $5.56
    24 $3.16 Up to $25.26
    Nut, bone, 1/4" x 11/32" x 2 3/16" (ref: N1)

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    $4.21
  • Nut, Corian, 2 1/4" x 13/32" x 1/4"

    Corian is very much like bone (a bit whiter), it expands and contracts like wood, and it has the advantage of non-porosity making it particularly useful for transducer-type pickup systems.

    PDF: Conversion Chart

    $2.17

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    Nut, Corian, 1/4" x 13/32" x 2 1/4" (ref: NC)

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    $2.17
  • Nuts, bone, 2 1/4" x 13/32" x 1/4"

    Bone is the material of choice these days for nuts and saddles. Its creamy smooth quality and natural denseness make it perfect both visually and mechanically.

    PDF: Conversion Chart

    $4.21

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    Nuts, bone, 1/4" x 13/32" x 2 1/4" (ref: N3)

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    $4.21

We have included a BWB laminated sheet from which to make your pickguard. 

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  • Pickguard sheet, BWB, no adhesive, 9 1/2" x 12" x .090" (ref: PGBWB)

    Plastic pickguard sheets are available in a variety of colors, patterns and sheet sizes. Perfect for cutting out your own custom pickguard or inlay work.

    $13.85

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    Pickguard sheet, BWB, no adhesive, 9 1/2" x 12" x .090" (ref: PGBWB)

    $13.85
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Ebony is a good choice particularly if you plan on taking your instrument out of the country. Maximum 1.

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  • Black Horn end pin w/MOP Parisian eye (ref: PIE22)

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    $3.95
    Black Horn end pin w/MOP Parisian eye (ref: PIE22)

    $3.95
  • Black Horn end pin w/abalone dot (ref: PIE23)

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    $3.95
    Black Horn end pin w/abalone dot (ref: PIE23)

    $3.95
  • Black Horn end pin w/MOP dot (ref: PIE21)

    Shipping Restrictions: USA Only

    $3.18
    Black Horn end pin w/MOP dot (ref: PIE21)

    $3.18
  • Bone end pin, w/Ebony dot (ref: PIE26)

    $3.22
    Bone end pin, w/Ebony dot (ref: PIE26)

    $3.22
  • Bone end pin (ref: PIE24)

    $2.94
    Bone end pin (ref: PIE24)

    $2.94
  • Boxwood end pin (ref: PIE6)

    $1.83

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    Boxwood end pin (ref: PIE6)

    $1.83
  • Boxwood end pin w/Ebony dot (ref: PIE17)

    $2.74

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    Boxwood end pin w/Ebony dot (ref: PIE17)

    $2.74
  • Indian Rosewood end pin, w/MOP dot (ref: PIE2M)

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    $3.06

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    4 $2.72 Up to $1.35
    Indian Rosewood end pin, w/MOP dot (ref: PIE2M)

    $3.06
  • Indian Rosewood end pin (ref: PIE2)

    $1.90

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    Indian Rosewood end pin (ref: PIE2)

    $1.90
  • Tintul end pin w/MOP Parisian eye (ref: PIE16)

    Tintul/Tamarind is a hardwood found in India that is almost indistinguishable from Rosewood.

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    $3.45

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    Tintul end pin w/MOP Parisian eye (ref: PIE16)

    $3.45
  • West African Ebony end pin (ref: PIE1)

    $1.90

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    West African Ebony end pin (ref: PIE1)

    $1.90
  • West African Ebony End pin w/abalone dot (ref: PIE3A)

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    $3.06

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    West African Ebony End pin w/abalone dot (ref: PIE3A)

    $3.06
  • West African Ebony end pin w/MOP dot (ref: PIE1M)

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    $3.06

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    West African Ebony end pin w/MOP dot (ref: PIE1M)

    $3.06
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The TRMGL is the go-to rod for this application. This length of this rod can easily be customized offering you some flexibility as to placement. Go directly to the TRMGL on our site to see detailed instructions for shortening this rod if necessary. 

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  • Truss rod single rod compression , 8" x 3/16" (ref: TRMG)

    The compression rod is made from 3/16" stock and is wrapped in high-quality heat-shrink tubing. The adjustment is accomplished by tightening the hex nut on the threaded end of the rod. The rod is held immobile at the opposite end by means of a right-angle bend. The wrapping prevents rattling and ensures a good snug fit without binding in the slot.

    See note about hex wrenches below.

    $17.52

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    Truss rod single rod compression , 8" x 3/16" (ref: TRMG)

    $17.52
  • Truss rod single rod compression , 8.75" x 3/16" (ref: TRMGL)

    The compression rod is made from 3/16" stock and is wrapped in high-quality heat-shrink tubing. The adjustment is accomplished by tightening the hex nut on the threaded end of the rod. The rod is held immobile at the opposite end by means of a right-angle bend. The wrapping prevents rattling and ensures a good snug fit without binding in the slot.

    We made this rod a little longer and added a 10-32 nut so you can modify the length if needed. See the product description for how best to do this. 

    See note about hex wrenches below.

    $17.52

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    Truss rod single rod compression , 8.75" x 3/16" (ref: TRMGL)

    $17.52
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Plastic binding is the traditional choice for a mandolin. We allow enough material to bind the body, peghead and fingerboard. 

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  • Plastic Trim, black, ABS

    Using filters to sort binding and purfling choices for thickness, height, compositions, etc., makes shopping for them much easier.

    Buy more & save! See our deep quantity discounts below!

    Save 15% on 4 or more and 25% on 12 or more!

    Plastic makes a good binding/purfling due to its resiliency and ease in bending. We are transitioning to all .250" tall plastic trim. You can rip taller material down if there is any concern about cutting your binding ledge through your kerfing although this shouldn't be a concern unless you have a very thick ledge. Reversed kerfing allows for a wider/deeper slot than standard bevel kerfing if that is a concern.

    $4.55

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    4 $3.87 Up to $2.73
    12 $3.41 Up to $13.65
    Binding, black, ABS - 49" x .250" x .080"(ref: PB4)

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    $4.55
  • Plastic Laminate, BW 20/20, PVC

    Using filters to sort binding and purfling choices for thickness, height, compositions, etc., makes shopping for them much easier.

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    Save 15% on 4 or more and 25% on 12 or more!

    Plastic makes a good binding/purfling due to its resiliency and ease in bending. We are transitioning to all .250" tall plastic trim. You can rip taller material down if there is any concern about cutting your binding ledge through your kerfing although this shouldn't be a concern unless you have a very thick ledge. Reversed kerfing allows for a wider/deeper slot than standard bevel kerfing if that is a concern.

    $4.17

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    4 $3.54 Up to $2.50
    12 $3.13 Up to $12.51
    Plastic Laminate, BW 20/20, PVC - 66" x .250" x .040" (ref: PBLM10)

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    $4.17
  • Binding, WBW 20/20/20, ABS

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    Save 15% on 4 or more and 25% on 12 or more!

    Plastic makes a good binding/purfling due to its resiliency and ease in bending. You can rip the laminated bindings to use as purfling. Although our plastic binding is cut as cleanly as possible, it might be necessary to run the binding strips over a file (in a vice) prior to installation to further smooth out the edge.

    $4.43

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    4 $3.77 Up to $2.66
    12 $3.32 Up to $13.29
    Binding, WBW 20/20/20, ABS - 49" x .250" x .060" (ref: PBLM4)

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  • Binding, WBW 30/30/30, ABS

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    Save 15% on 4 or more and 25% on 12 or more!

    Plastic makes a good binding/purfling due to its resiliency and ease in bending. You can rip the laminated bindings to use as purfling. Although our plastic binding is cut as cleanly as possible, it might be necessary to run the binding strips over a file (in a vice) prior to installation to further smooth out the edge.

    $4.43

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    12 $3.32 Up to $13.29
    Binding, WBW 30/30/30, ABS - 49" x .250" x .090"(ref: PBLM8)

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    $4.43
  • Plastic Laminate, BWB 20/20/20, ABS

    Using filters to sort binding and purfling choices for thickness, height, compositions, etc., makes shopping for them much easier.

    Buy more & save! See our deep quantity discounts below!

    Save 15% on 4 or more and 25% on 12 or more!

    Plastic makes a good binding/purfling due to its resiliency and ease in bending. We are transitioning to all .250" tall plastic trim. You can rip taller material down if there is any concern about cutting your binding ledge through your kerfing although this shouldn't be a concern unless you have a very thick ledge. Reversed kerfing allows for a wider/deeper slot than standard bevel kerfing if that is a concern.

    $4.43

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    4 $3.77 Up to $2.66
    12 $3.32 Up to $13.29
    Binding, BWB 20/20/20, ABS - .49" x 250" x .060" (ref: PBLM3)

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    $4.43
  • Plastic Laminate, WBW 20/20/20, PVC

    Using filters to sort binding and purfling choices for thickness, height, compositions, etc., makes shopping for them much easier.

    Buy more & save! See our deep quantity discounts below!

    Save 15% on 4 or more and 25% on 12 or more!

    Plastic makes a good binding/purfling due to its resiliency and ease in bending. We are transitioning to all .250" tall plastic trim. You can rip taller material down if there is any concern about cutting your binding ledge through your kerfing although this shouldn't be a concern unless you have a very thick ledge. Reversed kerfing allows for a wider/deeper slot than standard bevel kerfing if that is a concern.

    $4.92

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    4 $4.18 Up to $2.95
    12 $3.69 Up to $14.76
    Plastic Laminate, WBW 20/20/20, PVC - 66" x .250" x .060" (ref: PBLM12)

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    $4.92
  • Plastic Laminate, BWB 20/20/20, PVC

    Using filters to sort binding and purfling choices for thickness, height, compositions, etc., makes shopping for them much easier.

    Buy more & save! See our deep quantity discounts below!

    Save 15% on 4 or more and 25% on 12 or more!

    Plastic makes a good binding/purfling due to its resiliency and ease in bending. We are transitioning to all .250" tall plastic trim. You can rip taller material down if there is any concern about cutting your binding ledge through your kerfing although this shouldn't be a concern unless you have a very thick ledge. Reversed kerfing allows for a wider/deeper slot than standard bevel kerfing if that is a concern.

    $4.92

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    4 $4.18 Up to $2.95
    12 $3.69 Up to $14.76
    Plastic Laminate, BWB 20/20/20, PVC - 66" x .250" x .060" (ref: PBLM11)

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    $4.92
  • Plastic Trim, ivory, ABS

    Using filters to sort binding and purfling choices for thickness, height, compositions, etc., makes shopping for them much easier.

    Buy more & save! See our deep quantity discounts below!

    Save 15% on 4 or more and 25% on 12 or more!

    Plastic makes a good binding/purfling due to its resiliency and ease in bending. We are transitioning to all .250" tall plastic trim. You can rip taller material down if there is any concern about cutting your binding ledge through your kerfing although this shouldn't be a concern unless you have a very thick ledge. Reversed kerfing allows for a wider/deeper slot than standard bevel kerfing if that is a concern.

    $5.06

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    12 $3.80 Up to $15.18
    Plastic Trim, ivory, ABS - 66" x .250" x .080" (ref: PBI4)

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    $5.06

The economy plated tailpieces are great if you're budget minded. The Ashton Bailey tailpieces are a nice step up from that and a good quality for the price. 

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  • Nickel-plated mandolin tailpiece, long cover style (ref: TPM)

    This tailpiece can be used on either an F5 or and A-style mandolins. On taking the cover off you will note that there are 12 “fingers” for securing the string loops. The four bottom “fingers” hold the loops of the two treble courses after the strings have been angled around the four “fingers” to their right. This reduces stress and lessens the likelihood of string breakage.

    $14.31

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    Nickel-plated mandolin tailpiece, long cover style (ref: TPM)

    $14.31
  • Gold-plated mandolin tailpiece, long cover style (ref: TPMG)

    This tailpiece can be used on either an F5 or and A-style mandolins. On taking the cover off you will note that there are 12 “fingers” for securing the string loops. The four bottom “fingers” hold the loops of the two treble courses after the strings have been angled around the four “fingers” to their right. This reduces stress and lessens the likelihood of string breakage. 

    $17.41

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    Gold-plated mandolin tailpiece, long cover style (ref: TPMG)

    $17.41
  • Gold-plated mandolin tailpiece, short cover style (ref: TPMGS)

    This tailpiece can be used on either an F5 or and A-style mandolins. On taking the cover off you will note that there are 12 “fingers” for securing the string loops. The four bottom “fingers” hold the loops of the two treble courses after the strings have been angled around the four “fingers” to their right. This reduces stress and lessens the likelihood of string breakage. 

    $17.41

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    Gold-plated mandolin tailpiece, short cover style (ref: TPMGS)

    $17.41
  • Ashton Bailey, chrome-plated mandolin tailpiece (ref: TPMABC)

    We looked for years for a cast tailpiece at a price-point for a mid-range mandolin and we found one in the Ashton Bailey tailpieces. These are a single piece cast tailpiece and can be used to upgrade a two-piece tailpiece or for new construction. If upgrading, note that the mounting holes may not align with your existing tailpiece. See the drawing below. Mounting screws are included.

    $61.15
    Ashton Bailey, chrome-plated mandolin tailpiece (ref: TPMABC)

    $61.15
  • Ashton Bailey, bronze-plated mandolin tailpiece (ref: TPMABB)

    We looked for years for a cast tailpiece at a price-point for a mid-range mandolin and we found one in the Ashton Bailey tailpieces. These are a single piece cast tailpiece and can be used to upgrade a two-piece tailpiece or for new construction. If upgrading, note that the mounting holes may not align with your existing tailpiece. 

    $61.15
    Ashton Bailey, bronze-plated mandolin tailpiece (ref: TPMABB)

    $61.15
  • Ashton Bailey, gold-plated mandolin tailpiece (ref: TPMABG)

    We looked for years for a cast tailpiece at a price-point for a mid-range mandolin and we found one in the Ashton Bailey tailpieces. These are a single piece cast tailpiece and can be used to upgrade a two-piece tailpiece or for new construction. If upgrading, note that the mounting holes may not align with your existing tailpiece. 

    $61.15
    Ashton Bailey, gold-plated mandolin tailpiece (ref: TPMABG)

    $61.15
  • Monteleone-style, unplated bronze mandolin tailpiece (ref: TPMAB)

    Our John Monteleone cast mandolin tailpiece was designed to be used on new instruments. If you wish to replace an existing tailpiece, you will have to relocate your mounting screws.

    As it is unplated, this tailpiece will develop a nice patina over time.

    $112.50
    Monteleone-style, unplated bronze mandolin tailpiece (ref: TPMAB)

    $112.50
  • Monteleone-style, nickel-plated mandolin tailpiece (ref: TPMAN)

    Our John Monteleone cast mandolin tailpiece was designed to be used on new instruments. If you wish to replace an existing tailpiece, you will have to relocate your mounting screws.

    $120.94
    Monteleone-style, nickel-plated mandolin tailpiece (ref: TPMAN)

    $120.94
  • Monteleone-style, gold-plated mandolin tailpiece (ref: TPMAG)

    Our John Monteleone cast mandolin tailpiece was designed to be used on new instruments. If you wish to replace an existing tailpiece, you will have to relocate your mounting screws.

    $129.12
    Monteleone-style, gold-plated mandolin tailpiece (ref: TPMAG)

    $129.12
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Sitka Spruce is a traditional choice here.

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  • Adirondack Spruce bracewood, 1st grade (ref: BWAS)

    Bracewood is becoming harder to get as wood, in general, becomes scarcer. Mills are attempting to get the highest yields possible from their logs and/or billets meaning that there is less fall down from which to create bracewood. As a result, the quality of bracewood suffers – it won’t be perfectly quartersawn, the grain may not be straight the full length of the piece, there may be small defects and the grain could be wider than one is accustomed to. This is an industry-wide phenomenon and is outside of our control.

    Unless otherwise noted, each bracewood unit is equivalent to 1" x 2" x 20", though the actual dimensions of the pieces you get may vary. On rare occasions, 2 units may be delivered in one double-size blank.

    $17.76
    Adirondack Spruce bracewood, 1st grade (ref: BWAS)

    $17.76
  • Adirondack Spruce bracewood, 2nd grade (ref: BWAS2)

    Bracewood is becoming harder to get as wood, in general, becomes scarcer. Mills are attempting to get the highest yields possible from their logs and/or billets meaning that there is less fall down from which to create bracewood. As a result, the quality of bracewood suffers – it won’t be perfectly quartersawn, the grain may not be straight the full length of the piece, there may be small defects and the grain could be wider than one is accustomed to. This is an industry-wide phenomenon and is outside of our control.

    Unless otherwise noted, each bracewood unit is equivalent to 1" x 2" x 20", though the actual dimensions of the pieces you get may vary. On rare occasions, 2 units may be delivered in one double-size blank.

    $14.02
    Adirondack Spruce bracewood, 2nd grade (ref: BWAS2)

    $14.02
  • Engelmann Spruce bracewood, mando/uke, 1st grade (ref: BWES1MU)

    Bracewood is becoming harder to get as wood, in general, becomes scarcer. Mills are attempting to get the highest yields possible from their logs and/or billets meaning that there is less fall down from which to create bracewood. As a result, the quality of bracewood suffers – it won’t be perfectly quartersawn, the grain may not be straight the full length of the piece, there may be small defects and the grain could be wider than one is accustomed to. This is an industry-wide phenomenon and is outside of our control.

    Unless otherwise noted, each bracewood unit is equivalent to 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 10", though the actual dimensions of the pieces you get may vary. You may get 1 or 2 pieces that will be equal to or more than this equivalent. 

    $4.21

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    Engelmann Spruce bracewood, mando/uke, 1st grade (ref: BWES1MU)

    $4.21
  • Sitka Spruce bracewood, mando/uke, 1st grade (ref: BWSS1MU)

    Bracewood is becoming harder to get as wood, in general, becomes scarcer. Mills are attempting to get the highest yields possible from their logs and/or billets meaning that there is less fall down from which to create bracewood. As a result, the quality of bracewood suffers – it won’t be perfectly quartersawn, the grain may not be straight the full length of the piece, there may be small defects and the grain could be wider than one is accustomed to. This is an industry-wide phenomenon and is outside of our control.

    Unless otherwise noted, each bracewood unit is equivalent to 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 10", though the actual dimensions of the pieces you get may vary. On rare occasions, 2 units may be delivered in one double-size blank.

    $4.21

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    6 $3.75 Up to $2.78
    Sitka Spruce bracewood, mando/uke, 1st grade (ref: BWSS1MU)

    $4.21
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We have included our oversized African Ebony headplate. 

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  • Ebony, West African headplate, 1st grade, archtop (ref: HPAE1AG)

    Note - Each headplate is different from the next. We are showing you a representation of the wood species, but your headplate might look very different from the representative photo.

    $20.05

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    6 $17.84 Up to $13.23
    Ebony, West African headplate, 1st grade, archtop (ref: HPAE1AG)

    $20.05
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Spruce and Mahogany are traditional choices. 

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  • Honduran Mahogany kerfing, small rectangular

    Buy more & save! See our deep quantity discounts below!

    Save 15% on 4 or more and 25% on 12 or more!

    Small rectangular kerfing for ukuleles, dulcimers, and mandolins.

    $6.31

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    4 $5.36 Up to $3.79
    12 $4.73 Up to $18.93
    Honduran Mahogany kerfing, small rectangular (ref: WKFSM)

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Ebony or Rosewood are good choices here. Choose Ebony if you plan on taking your mando out of the country. 

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  • Ebony, Indian Mandolin/Ukulele Fingerboards Thumbnail Ebony, Indian Mandolin/Ukulele Fingerboards
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  • Ebony, West African Mandolin/Ukulele Fingerboards Thumbnail Ebony, West African Mandolin/Ukulele Fingerboards
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READ!!! If you want your fingerboard slotted, you must enter a scale length here or we will not be able to process your order!

**You must have selected a fingerboard to use this service.

Enter a scale length between 8" and 40". Use the fingerboard calculator in the LMI Help Center to be sure your choices will fit on the board you chose.

To convert mm to inches, divide the mm by a factor of 25.4. Ex: 660mm divided by 25.4 equals  25.98" inches. 

If you are building the F5 Mandolin (Plan PL7) then slot to 13.875 scale length. If you are building the Loar F5 (plan PL47) then slot to a 13.938 scale length.

**If you choose to have your fingerboard slotted, you must make a selection in the remaining fingerboard customizations as well.

Enter the number of fret slots desired (not including the nut slot). 

For instruments based on either the PL7 or PL47 plans, you want to select 29 fret slots.

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  • 10 fret slots (ref: SVNF10)

    $4.90
    10 fret slots (ref: SVNF10)

    $4.90
  • 11 fret slots (ref: SVNF11)

    $4.90
    11 fret slots (ref: SVNF11)

    $4.90
  • 12 fret slots (ref: SVNF12)

    $4.90
    12 fret slots (ref: SVNF12)

    $4.90
  • 13 fret slots (ref: SVNF13)

    $4.90
    13 fret slots (ref: SVNF13)

    $4.90
  • 14 fret slots (ref: SVNF14)

    $4.90
    14 fret slots (ref: SVNF14)

    $4.90
  • 15 fret slots (ref: SVNF15)

    $4.90
    15 fret slots (ref: SVNF15)

    $4.90
  • 16 fret slots (ref: SVNF16)

    $4.90
    16 fret slots (ref: SVNF16)

    $4.90
  • 17 fret slots (ref: SVNF17)

    $4.90
    17 fret slots (ref: SVNF17)

    $4.90
  • 18 fret slots (ref: SVNF18)

    $4.90
    18 fret slots (ref: SVNF18)

    $4.90
  • 19 fret slots (ref: SVNF19)

    $4.90
    19 fret slots (ref: SVNF19)

    $4.90
  • 20 fret slots (ref: SVNF20)

    $4.90
    20 fret slots (ref: SVNF20)

    $4.90
  • 21 fret slots (ref: SVNF21)

    $4.90
    21 fret slots (ref: SVNF21)

    $4.90
  • 22 fret slots (ref: SVNF22)

    $4.90
    22 fret slots (ref: SVNF22)

    $4.90
  • 23 fret slots (ref: SVNF23)

    $4.90
    23 fret slots (ref: SVNF23)

    $4.90
  • 24 fret slots (ref: SVNF24)

    $4.90
    24 fret slots (ref: SVNF24)

    $4.90
  • 25 fret slots (ref: SVNF25)

    $4.90
    25 fret slots (ref: SVNF25)

    $4.90
  • 26 fret slots (ref: SVNF26)

    $4.90
    26 fret slots (ref: SVNF26)

    $4.90
  • 27 fret slots (ref: SVNF27)

    $4.90
    27 fret slots (ref: SVNF27)

    $4.90
  • 28 fret slots (ref: SVNF28)

    $4.90
    28 fret slots (ref: SVNF28)

    $4.90
  • 29 fret slots (ref: SVNF29)

    $4.90
    29 fret slots (ref: SVNF29)

    $4.90
  • 30 fret slots (ref: SVNF30)

    $4.90
    30 fret slots (ref: SVNF30)

    $4.90
  • 31 fret slots (ref: SVNF31)

    $4.90
    31 fret slots (ref: SVNF31)

    $4.90
  • 32 fret slots (ref: SVNF32)

    $4.90
    32 fret slots (ref: SVNF32)

    $4.90
  • 33 fret slots (ref: SVNF33)

    $4.90
    33 fret slots (ref: SVNF33)

    $4.90
  • 34 fret slots (ref: SVNF34)

    $4.90
    34 fret slots (ref: SVNF34)

    $4.90
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Mahogany is a good choice here. We have offered other species when available as well.

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  • Honduran Mahogany heel blank, 1st grade 6" x 4" x 3" (ref: HBHM1643)

    This 3" x 4" heel block is affixed to the neck blank and allows you to carve a single piece heel as opposed to a laminated heel.

    First grade necks and heels are straight-grained, quartersawn with a 25° variance off quarter allowed.

    Shipping Restrictions: USA Only

    $27.72

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    Honduran Mahogany heel blank, 1st grade 6" x 4" x 3" (ref: HBHM1643)

    $27.72
  • Honduran Mahogany heel blank, 2nd grade 6" x 4" x 3" (ref: HBHM2643)

    This 3" x 4" heel block is affixed to the neck blank and allows you to carve a single piece heel as opposed to a laminated heel.

    Second grade necks and heels may have one of the following: small knots or pinholes that will not affect the integrity of the neck; they may be off quarter as much as 50% (45°); the grain may not be perfectly straight; there might be unevenness of color.

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    $21.90

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    4 $19.49 Up to $9.64
    Honduran Mahogany heel blank, 2nd grade 6" x 4" x 3" (ref: HBHM2643)

    $21.90
  • Sapele heel blank, 2nd grade, 6" x 4" x 3" (ref: HBSA2643)

    This 3" x 4" heel block is affixed to the neck blank and allows you to carve a single piece heel as opposed to a laminated heel.

    African Sapele features an attractive ribbon figure than runs the direction of the grain. It is an excellent alternative to Honduran Mahogany, with similar color, and above average stability. It is a little heavier than Honduran Mahogany and the texture is not quite as even.

    Second grade necks and heels may have one of the following: small knots or pinholes that will not affect the integrity of the neck; they may be off quarter as much as 50% (45°); the grain may not be perfectly straight; there might be unevenness of color.

    $19.56

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    4 $17.41 Up to $8.61
    Sapele heel blank, 2nd grade, 6" x 4" x 3" (ref: HBSA2643)

    $19.56
  • Spanish Cedar heel blank, 1st grade, 6" x 4" x 3" (ref: HBSC643)

    This 3" x 4" heel block is affixed to the neck blank and allows you to carve a single piece heel as opposed to a laminated heel.

    The traditional choice for classical guitars, Spanish Cedar is also in favor among steel string builders, in fact, many modern Martin necks have been made from it.

    We have included several representative photos of what you might expect to receive.

     

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    $21.82

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    Spanish Cedar heel blank, 1st grade, 6" x 4" x 3" (ref: HBSC643)

    $21.82
  • Spanish Cedar heel blank, 2nd grade, 6" x 4" x 3" (ref: HBSC2643)

    This 3" x 4" heel block is affixed to the neck blank and allows you to carve a single piece heel as opposed to a laminated heel.

    The traditional choice for classical guitars, Spanish Cedar is also in favor among steel string builders, in fact, many modern Martin necks have been made from it.

    Second grade necks and heels may have one of the following: small knots or pinholes that will not affect the integrity of the neck; they may be off quarter as much as 50% (45°); the grain may not be perfectly straight; there might be unevenness of color.

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    $17.20

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    4 $15.31 Up to $7.57
    Spanish Cedar heel blank, 2nd grade, 6" x 4" x 3" (ref: HBSC2643)

    $17.20
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  • The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual (ref: BM56)

    by Roger Siminoff

    Roger Siminoff is one of the foremost authorities on musical acoustics and the art of luthierie. 

    This 4th edition (January 2021) has been fully updated and revised and includes everything you need to know about building a Bill Monroe-style F5 mandolin. The text includes a primer on musical acoustics, wood selection, graduating the soundboard and backboard, making the neck, truss rod installation, assembling the body, tap tuning, building the fretboard, pearl inlay, neck joints, binding the body and peghead, color finishing, string selection, set up, and much more.

    • Updated text and drawings
    • Includes 23 full-sized ProSeries drawings
    • More than 330 color photographs
    • Fully illustrated
    • Voicing and tap-tuning
    • Appropriate for beginners or professionals
    $53.31
    The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual (ref: BM56)

    $53.31
  • T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, small (ref: TLMISX)

    Black cotton blend T-shirt with embroidered gold logo and lettering: "LMI Luthiers Mercantile International"

    $11.47
    T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, small (ref: TLMISX)

    $11.47
  • Apron, LMI logo, one size fits all (ref: APRON)

    LMI's aprons are made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton. Featuring "Stain Release Technology", they are easy to clean and maintain their color. They have three large front pockets for stashing critical stuff that is typically lost on the bench. The neck-straps are easily adjusted and the ties are super long for the full-figured guy or gal. Aprons are embellished with an embroidered Luthiers Mercantile logo. Machine washable.

    $31.66
    Apron, LMI logo, one size fits all (ref: APRON)

    $31.66
  • T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, small (ref: TLMIS)

    Black cotton-blend T-shirt with screen printed Luthiers Mercantile logo.

    $16.36
    T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, small (ref: TLMIS)

    $16.36
  • T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, medium (ref: TLMIM)

    Black cotton-blend T-shirt with screen printed Luthiers Mercantile logo.

    $16.36
    T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, medium (ref: TLMIM)

    $16.36
  • T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, large (ref: TLMIL)

    Black cotton-blend T-shirt with screen printed Luthiers Mercantile logo.

    $16.36
    T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, large (ref: TLMIL)

    $16.36
  • T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, extra-large (ref: TLMIXL)

    Black cotton-blend T-shirt with screen printed Luthiers Mercantile logo.

    $16.36
    T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, extra-large (ref: TLMIXL)

    $16.36
  • T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, XX-large (ref: TLMIXXL)

    Black cotton-blend T-shirt with screen printed Luthiers Mercantile logo.

    $16.36
    T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, XX-large (ref: TLMIXXL)

    $16.36
  • T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, women's, small (ref: TWLMIS)

    Black cotton-blend T-shirt with screen printed Luthiers Mercantile logo. 

    $16.36
    T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, women's, small (ref: TWLMIS)

    $16.36
  • T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, women's, medium (ref: TWLMIM)

    Black cotton-blend T-shirt with screen printed Luthiers Mercantile logo. 

    $16.36
    T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, women's, medium (ref: TWLMIM)

    $16.36
  • T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, women's, large (ref: TWLMIL)

    Black cotton-blend T-shirt with screen printed Luthiers Mercantile logo. 

    $16.36
    T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, women's, large (ref: TWLMIL)

    $16.36
  • T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, women's, X-Large (ref: TWLMIXL)

    Black cotton-blend T-shirt with screen printed Luthiers Mercantile logo. 

    $16.36
    T-Shirt, LMI Logo, black, women's, X-Large (ref: TWLMIXL)

    $16.36
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The Mandolin Kit Wizard is set up to allow you to easily select items that are typically used in mandolin construction. The Kit Wizard provides you with 10% off retail on all parts and 30% off on customizations (services). To get this discount, you only need to include the "required items" in the kit. See those items listed below in the detailed description.  The price on the Kit Wizard will adjust as you add or modify items. 

Adding customizations to your kit will add between 3 and 5 days to the preparation time, depending on the customizations included. 

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