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    Re: Playing slide mandolin

    I play a bit of slide on the mando. I've always left the gdae tuning as it is, the 5ths tuning works ok for that. I usually play an electric which helps with sustain, but works on acoustic too. I...
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    Re: DiMarzio recommendations please?

    I built a hollow body 8 string with a single dp181 in it. Positioned towards the bridge but angled so that the treble is closer to the neck. I think it sounds good, very clean. But I've only built 2...
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    Re: Sapele back plate thickness

    Thanks Graham, that's helpful. Yes, I realised maple is the go-to wood choice nowadays, but i found a 2 metre piece of sapele 150 x 40mm being thrown away. It's going to be my go to wood for quite a...
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    Sapele back plate thickness

    What would be suitable thickness for a sapele back plate?
    I'm building an A model F hole, spruce top and sapele back and neck. I've been following the Siminiff book along with the usual graduation...
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    Re: Magnetic Pickup Advice

    Almuse make a mighty fine mandolin pick up.
    http://www.almuse.co.uk/mandolin_pickups.html#
  6. Re: Anyone know of a website or app that will display all chord n

    I've used Reverse Chord Finder android app for working out chords. It's designed for 6 string guitar so you have to change the tuning and mute 2 strings to make it mandocentric. Which makes it a faff...
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    Re: Train from Edinburgh to Inverness

    I grew up in the village of Dunkeld, which is on that rail line about 60 miles north of Edinburgh. It is a scenic route, the hills are great as you get north of my village and of course there is the...
  8. Re: Hearing yourself without playing too loud in a band

    Just let people play, and give supportive feedback, it's not easy but it is what it is. If I read this thread about me I'd be gutted. It's patronising.
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    Re: Minimum headstock angle

    Thanks all, and Marty, really useful your sketch and comments on f'board thickness. Looks like I can do it.
    I have thought about strat style, but the look I'm after is towards the acoustic and i...
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    Minimum headstock angle

    I've a couple of lengths of cherry that I want to glue together lengthwise for a neck blank for a bolt on electric mandolin build. The depth of this blank will likely only be 45mm once tidied up,...
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    Re: John Reischman's Loar

    Yeah, i think his rhythm is good, i like it. Well done your son, i could only hope to hold together like that.!
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    Re: New electric build, tone pot volume problem

    Fixed it. And the problem was.... my capacitors were rated nano-farads, not micro-farads. Same numbers, 47,22 etc but different by a factor of 1000. The markings on caps weren't clear as to that,...
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    Re: New electric build, tone pot volume problem

    Thistle - my pots were one of each and the audio was fitted in the volume position. There's always a chance I mixed them up, but I don't think it's a pot mix up problem.
    My wiring is the same as...
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    Re: New electric build, tone pot volume problem

    I've now got hot to middle tone lug and cap between left lug and ground. The cap has been reduced to. 22. It's improved the way the treble is cut - but it's still got the same effect to no, or very,...
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    Re: New electric build, tone pot volume problem

    Thanks for the replies both.
    Yes, I've not got either of those methods. And quite a bit different from Toms diagram. If looking at the back my hot comes from volume right lug to tone left lug....
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    New electric build, tone pot volume problem

    Thought I'd post here instead of builders section as that is often very acoustic based - but please let me know if you think that would be more appropriate.
    I've just completed my first electric...
  17. Re: Cast tailpieces on the bay - to good to be true?

    I bought one of these tps for an electric I'm building. It arrived quickly and I think is well made. One issue though is the through holes looked to have sharp edges and weren't chamfered. An easy...
  18. Re: Old-style taipieces with covers: threat or menace?

    I'm with the op, they are a low cost design that is rubbish compared to a cast or solid tailpiece that is well designed. . I leave the cover off, it looks a bit ugly but makes it easier to use and...
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    Re: When unique is an understatement

    Real? Use your zoom, where's the frets?, why does the binding stop? Why does the grass have an axis of symmetry? Am I missing the subtlety of this thread?
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    Re: When to play beyond 7th fret?

    I find this an odd question too. It's all still the mandolin wherever you play it, and mine sound really sweet when I play in the 5 to 9 fret range. And I don't think I'm a particularly accomplished...
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    Re: IV / saga kit build

    Thanks for the compliments. I checked what the binding was called - red pearl, nothing to do with tortoise real or not! 147245
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    IV / saga kit build

    Hi all,
    I've been lurking here for years but never yet posted. Completing this first kit build would have been a whole lot trickier without the masses of info I've gained from these pages - so...
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