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  1. Thread: Who?

    by DoubleE
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    Re: Who?

    Thatís hilarious! I was at a late night gathering about ten years ago and someone said my guitar playing was like Norman Blake on acid! I wasnít sure what to think, but I took it as a compliment! It...
  2. Thread: Playing Solo..

    by DoubleE
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    Re: Playing Solo..

    No official solo gigs, but Iíve done some ďbuskingĒ around town. (Quotations because I donít do it to make money) I stick to fiddle tunes and play them unadorned, just try to get a good groove and...
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    Thereís already a lot of great advice here. Before I make any assumptions, what makes you ďthinkĒ you should have bought an oval hole?
  4. Re: Beautiful little shop find identification?

    Oh Jeez! I knew I shouldíve waited until I saw a Jim Garber post! My post was based on heart, but Jimís is based on reason and experience. I would trust Jim.
    I see these old bowlbacks and canít help...
  5. Re: Beautiful little shop find identification?

    Itís hard to make an assessment based on a single photo, but from what I see I wouldnít think twice about dropping a Franklin on this mandolin. Top looks solid. Buttterfly inlay is nice. Missing a...
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    Re: $200 to spend on a new or used Mandolin

    I just want to say that my suggestion was not meant to undermine Allenís. I think the Rover is a fine choice within your budget. My suggestion is a bit out of the box and maybe a bit eccentric and...
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    Re: $200 to spend on a new or used Mandolin

    Iím going to buck the trend and suggest a vintage bowlback. They work well with fiddle tunes in a solo situation and it would look really cool in your office when youíre not playing. Good...
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    Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    There are too many greats past and present. My vote would just be Bill Monroe a la Crazy Horse.
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    Re: Why is this Gibson being called an A-5?

    Ouch!!!! Poor Gumby!!!!!

    I kinda like the quirky look of this oddball. Itís priced a little too high for me to buy on a whim though. I did notice someone has it in their cart on Reverb.
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    Re: The Obvious 12/26 Question

    Hey Hank,
    Is that the Billy Brown custom build? (All of that flamed maple is kind of a giveaway)
    I had my eye on that one, but I guess I was on the naughty list!
    Nice acquisition!
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    Re: twine with my mingles ?????

    I will twine, I will mingle my raven black hair
    With roses of red and lillies so fair..........

    Make any more sense?
  12. Re: What information is there about JWW Mandolins?

    I believe JWW mandolins were made by James Wilson before he started Red Valley Mandolins. If you go the Red Valley website you can contact James directly. Heí still building, but heís in Idaho now.
  13. Re: I put new strings on and positioned the bridge myself

    I know 3-in-1 sounds a little crazy, but itís actually been recommended by Martin on their guitars. Iíve been using it for over 20 years on all of my rosewood and ebony fretboards. I guess food grade...
  14. Re: I put new strings on and positioned the bridge myself

    I use 3-in-one oil at least once a year when I have all the strings off. A few drops on a cloth and work it into the fretboard. I like to do the bridge too.

    Some like to use lemon oil. There are...
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    Re: Metal-Clad Fretboard

    Travis Bean built electric guitars with an aluminum neck that ran through the body. The bodies and fretboards were wood, but the pickups were mounted into the aluminum creating a unique tone. Jerry...
  16. Re: I put new strings on and positioned the bridge myself

    I wouldn’t worry about the scuffs. To me that’s honest playing wear. Good Mojo!
    String changes are a matter of preference, though three years seems like a long time. But that’s just me.
    My concern...
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    Re: 1924 Martin Pickguard

    I should have stated in the OP that Iím not asking the pickguard question because I want to purchase this mandolin. Itís out of curiosity and to make myself more knowledgeable. I added the Reverb...
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    Re: 1924 Martin Pickguard

    It does look similar, but I think the one in the Carter photos is possibly a Washburn.
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    Re: Help ID approx date on L&H bowlback?

    Thanks Nick, I see now that the OPís tailpiece is a slider, a bit of an oversight on my part.

    There is a picture of a L&H ad from 1905 on page 18 of Hubertís book that shows and mentions use of...
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    Re: Mandolin Orange on today Show

    Hey, can I get my BC back?

    Just kidding, I wasnít at this festival. I do love the performance of this tune, itís a bit different from the studio recording(Em on violin, Andrew on guitar.) I get...
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    Re: 1924 Martin Pickguard

    I agree that it looks rough and appears to be on top of the finish. I did notice in the Martin book that they did do some non inlaid pickguards on guitars for Montgomery Wards (Like the one in post...
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    Re: 1924 Martin Pickguard

    I just found some interesting information in the Martin books. They did do some different shapes for some retailers(Montgomery Ward) on some of their guitars. So I guess itís possible Dyer could have...
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    Re: Help ID approx date on L&H bowlback?

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    L&H used this style of tailpiece on some of their College Line instruments (1905-08)
    It was advertised as a “combined hinged wrist-rest and tail-piece.” Not sure if your mando is...
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    What an interesting question. I think I mostly use muscle memory, but I think when I move up the neck and need to check position I lean over and look at my fingers and see where they are on the...
  25. Re: Anyone have experience with Brier Road Guitars?

    I donít have any experience with this builder, but Iím very impressed with what Iíve seen. Unique designs, nice use of non traditional woods, and quality workmanship. He had a flat top mandolin for...
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