Berkshire Stringed Instruments
School of Lutherie

Optional Upgrades and Associated Costs

Top: Redwood--$20, Mahogany $20, Cedar $10, Engleman $10 Back and Sides: Indian, Rosewood $40, Maple $20, Walnut $20, Cherry $20, Fingerboard and Bridge: Ebony $20
Tuning Machine: Please inquire

We prepare the guitars for a hand-applied finish. Students may apply sealer coats if they opt for this finish method. Students will be instructed how to complete the finish at home with sufficient amounts of finish supplied.  An option to finish in the blonde is also available for those who wish to apply finish of their choice at a later date.


Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
Pearl fingerboard dots
Rosewood bridge pins
Truss rod
Rosewood or maple binding
Black and white top purfling Gotoh Tuners

*Tuition includes materials and hard shell case

Sitka spruce top

Choice of Rosette
Mahogany back and sides
Solid headstock with choice of veneer
Bone nut and saddle
Bolt on tenon neck joint

Standard Offering (option to upgrade)

Tuition: $2,200* Deposit: $500 Course Length: 2 full weeks

Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

Reserve Your Spot

In this class the students and teacher will hand build a mandolin from start to finish.

The student will complete every step of the process after a demonstration from the teacher. Multiple techniques are offered, affording all learners with the opportunity to hand build their own custom mandolin.

Mandolin Course