I never understood removing the finish off of a mandolin neck - but hey that's me (oh yeah, there's several other things I've never understood).
I've never understood replacement tailpieces. I just had a discussion with Dave Cohen on this matter (he studies the acoustics of mandolins) and he feels there is little to be gained by the special tailpieces. If I got it right, it has something to do with the extra mass, but I don't understand it, right? I never understood the real benefit of a tone guard, 'cause I mostly play in the house and hear, "can you play softer?" Now, when I go out and the dang ban)o is twanging that's another thing. (I never understood why we don't complain about those loud fiddles either.)
I don't understand. . . . . (got to have something to post about later).
ˇpapá gordo ain’t no madre flaca!
'20 A3, '84 1N, '06 Phoenix Bluegrass, 2012 Cohen A5, 2012 Muth A5