Dakota Mandolin KIT

Dakota Mandolin KIT

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Build your own Mandolin with the Musicmakers Mandolin Kit!!

The Musicmakers Mandolin kit comes with quality woods and lots of customizing options for inlay and/or rosettes providing you with the perfect ingredients to create your own masterpiece.

While we do give this a 4 hammer rating - that doesn't mean this project isn't suitable for beginning woodworkers. The rating is more reflective of the amount of time required (40+ hours) and the intricacy of the kit. Building this kit doesn't require expert woodworking skills but, if you do have those skills - this project really gives you the opportunity to let your craftsmanship show!

What's Included:
Customizing Options
  • Add optional walnut binding around the top and bottom*
  • Or maybe you would like decorative inlay*
    Order 2 strips to go around the top or 3 strips to go around the top and bottom.
  • Add a Medium Rosette (and donut for easy installation)
* Order our router bit set for inlay installation
We also sell the mandolin finished and ready to play. Click here to learn more.


Our Dakota Mandolin and Mandola

Great kit building video from Craig Marble at CKMWorks
This video is the mandola kit but the build process is basically the same.

Key Specs

Mandolin Kit Specs
Item Dakota Mandolin
Strings 8 strings
Tuning GDAE
Weight 2 pounds
Overall Length 28"
Scale Length 14"
Soundboard Solid Spruce
Sides, back, and neck Maple

The Musicmakers Kit Warranty

Need replacement parts?

Just notify us of the problem. We are generous with spare parts, but we may ask you to return the defective part if we think we can salvage it. We may ask you to pay for replacement parts if you damaged them during construction. After one year from date of purchase, we may not be able to supply replacement parts if we have discontinued the kit.

Need help with construction?

We are happy to finish assembling a kit for you. The basic fee is the difference between the kit price and the finished price shown in our current catalog (regardless of the price you paid for the kit). If you have done some of the assembly, we may be able to discount the construction fee, unless we need to re-do some of your work. If you want us to do only part of the construction, please call us about the price.

Desire a refund?

We give refunds, or exchanges, for re-usable kits returned within one year of purchase, regardless of reason for return or stage of construction. You must present proof of purchase from MUSICMAKERS. Such refunds will be for merchandise only, not shipping, handling, or insurance fees. We will refund the price of only those parts that are returned in re-saleable condition.

If we made an error on the original shipment, we will pay for return shipping. Please call us for the proper procedure.

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Dakota Mandolin Kit
Brett Baumberger
Verified Buyer
I purchased this kit to build for a friend. I found it pretty easy; just time consuming. I liked the "tips" in the instructions. I have built guitars before, but never built a mandolin. It sounds excellent, and stays in tune. I did add some walnut binding on the body and used abalone fret dots on the neck and side of the neck. I am likely to buy another kit for myself.
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