William Seeders Mosheim

Builder of custom banjos and stringed instrument repair. More info at

Another Vega style peghead profile cut. This one will be going on an old 12” Vega Little Wonder pot. #seedersinstruments #banjo #luthier  (at seeders instruments)

I was planning on posting a little fiddling after finishing this setup/repair but realized today I have no playable bow in the shop somehow. Spending part of the morning on a mandolin repair and setup I decided to be ridiculous and post a bit of a two for one. Here’s the A part of ‘Waynesboro’ played on the fiddle but being played like a mandolin. #havefunwiththat #terriblesustain #nothowitsdone #seedersinstruments #luthier #fiddle #mandolin #wrong (at seeders instruments)

On top of being a little tight in the f-hole the damn thing was almost an 1/8” too long. She’s happy again! #seedersinstruments #violin #fiddle #repair  (at seeders instruments)
First time seeing this problem. A sound post that doesn’t fit through either F hole. Huh, can’t imagine anything swelled up that much because of humidity. You just never know what you’ll find….#seedersinstruments #violin #repair #fiddle  (at seeders instruments)
Before and after mandolin fingerboard repair. This mandolin was the first mandolin built by a violin maker. He didn’t get it perfect on the first attempt but there’s some nice workmanship to it. He must have made some nice violins. However, someone had there way with the fingerboard and truss rod. There were signs of the fingerboard being removed and not very successfully. The fingerboard was buckled up and the frets were pulling out of the board, hence the chips you see. What’s not evident in the pictures is the entire fingerboard the width of the fret slot pulling up. Should be playing it’s best now! #seedersinstruments #mandolin #repair #luthier  (at seeders instruments)
Saddle slotted on the new ebony bridge for the #Gibson B-25. This thing will be back in action real soon. #seedersinstruments #gibson #guitar #repair #luthier  (at seeders instruments)
There are a lot of people who look at CNC’s in woodworking and luthiery as cheating. As someone who uses a CNC in my work to make parts and inlay the most important part of the operation is understanding the process that you’re trying to accomplish. If you don’t understand the process and wouldn’t be able to do it well by hand you probably won’t have much success doing it on a CNC. Of course there are always exceptions to this rule but I am proud to say that just because I can do it by hand doesn’t mean I have to. This time I did though. Because all my work is 100% custom and every project is different, sometimes it is faster to just do it by hand instead of spending a lot of time programming and building elaborate jigs for one operation. Here’s a rear peghead overlay inlay cut and inlayed by hand before gluing. #seedersinstruments #cnc #inlay #handmade #luthier #banjo #custom (at seeders instruments)
Here the culprit making the rattle. Hopefully it will stay put with a little new glue underneath. #seedersinstruments #luthier #doublebass #repair #uprightbass (at seeders instruments)
This guy taking up my whole shop. I always have to prioritize double bass repairs because I don’t have the room to store them long. This one has a rattling back reinforcement. Always a pain to fix through the F hole and endpin hole but I’ll make it happen. #seedersinstruments #luthier #doublebass #repair  (at seeders instruments)
Profile cut on the Vega peghead. #seedersinstruments #banjo #luthier #inlay  (at seeders instruments)