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  1. If your mando is older, you may have SADDLE SAG...

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    Having trouble getting your action just right? The G and E strings play great but you get a buzz on the D and A? You get rid of the buzz on the D and A strings and the G and E are hard to play?

    The picture above shows what may be the reason. Over time the string tension works on the saddle on a traditional style bridge creating a bow with the D and A strings riding lower, sometimes significantly. Flat or radiused fingerboard, the problem created ...
  2. Happy Ranger Owner, home on leave, wrote a nice review- Update

    A little update as the first Cherry Ranger went out today- sounds fantastic! Just thought some might be interested in these woods that are a bit different.
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    Thanks, NP!

    I love my Ranger! I upgraded to the walnut with radiused ebony fretboard. From the start I was blown away with how great it looked and sounded! You canít beat its size and portability as ...

    Updated Sep-07-2018 at 5:20pm by Mary Weber

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  3. Worthless For All But a String Holder

    Any of the bridge issues below will rob your instrument of tone and volume and are responsible for more players going on a new string brand or gauge hunt because their instrument just doesnít sound like it used to.

    I know Iíve posted on this topic a few times before, however recently Bruce has gotten quite a few instruments in for miscellaneous work and noticed almost all had bridge issues: poor fit, leaning towards the fingerboard, some bases flipped bass for treble, and messed ...
  4. Custom Rangers

    This one will travel to France, soon- upgraded with an ebony FB & Peghead Veneer (think it's radiused, too) and buckskin color.
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    This one is Vegan- which is pretty easy to achieve with the ebony star in the peghead and micarta nut- looks cool, too!
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    Bruce has been picking wood and planning with two players for their instruments (one a two point, one an F)...great visits!
  5. Mando 118 Years Old

    Here's a nice (and interesting) letter we received from a repair.
    Mandos can sure get around:


    My Grandfather Peter E Anderson was listed on the 1900 census as living in an apartment in Kentucky with three other LDS missionaries. Before he left the mission field to come home, he bought his wife Clara a mandolin. My father gave the mandolin to Pamela when we were newlyweds because she was the only member of the extended family that owned and played a mandolin.
    Several ...
  6. Gibson History

    I was reading through a couple of articles/threads on Gibson Mandolin History and had the thought (revived- but I've been thinking somebody else would do it) of writing an article on the Gibson/Flatiron-Gibson/Mt Division years. I was there as a little cog in the wheel but still have contact with Steve, Dennis Balian and, of course, Bruce. Might be good timing as 'that' era seems to be coming to a close so-to-speak.

    It would take some time, and I have Rangers to build : ) and Steve ...
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  7. Custom Armrest

    I'm posting a couple of pics of an extra long armrest for a Gibson, I believe. The player picked his inlay design and it turned out great! However my photography skills (or lack of) didn't catch the pretty abalone colors all that well.
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  8. The Countdown is Over

    ...and the Mandolin Man is back!!

    He's been busy updating the shop, acquiring the best materials and, most importantly, perfecting design. There will be the B2 model line, and the customized (as only you and he can imagine together) "The Bruce" line of mandolin family instruments and arch top guitars.

    Watch the Montana Lutherie website for ongoing updates: price list, design and spec lists, new instruments for sale, and questions answered.

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  9. Cured Unwanted Ringing and Buzzing

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    Ludwick, Mandolinist of A2ZZ Band writes:
    Bruce did an amazing job on my harmonic suppressor! Not only did it cure unwanted ringing and buzzing, but totally added fashion to function by inlaying my signature in Abalone."

    Thanks, Z.Z.!!
  10. Have You Been Putting It Off?

    A Happy Player

    Thank you for the excellent work you did on my Beartooth. It's like a new mandolin: it's easier to play with the new frets and radiused fretboard. I was always happy with this mandolin now I'm even more so. Thanks again! SM

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    Updated Feb-16-2018 at 6:45pm by Mary Weber

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