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    Re: Top repair patch

    That's a pretty good looking repair! You might be ablate get away with a amber top or a very light burst.
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    Re: Top repair patch

    OK, here's radical idea that might work..

    If you want a perfect match, very carefully cut out an area of the top slightly larger than the damaged area and level it all to the thickness of that...
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    Re: Bowlback repair of missing back strip

    I've been playing a bit with bowl backs recently so here's my 2 cents worth of advice.... I'd agree that the best way to proceed is to remove the entire stave and replace replace it. This also...
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    Re: Bowed neck issue

    As suggested, I cleaned out the routed slot (not much to do since the steel bar just sat in there) and it was already a good fit.

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    I mixed up a batch of stu mac slow cure epoxy and...
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    OK, Lots of good info here.

    So far I've done the following:

    I did use a thin lemon oil to lubricate the area on the theory that the rust would be loosened a bit and the nails might come out a...
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    1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    I recently bought a very nice 1915 Gibson A mandolin with several face cracks, but otherwise in very good condition with the original pickguard and tailpiece cover in excellent condition. The face...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-140 Neck re-set?

    Well, I got it done and am happy to say it all worked out well. As suggested, I did another dry run to make sure the screw fit it tightened down and the neck angle worked out. I masked off the area...
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    Kentucky KM-140 Neck re-set?

    Hi Folks,

    I've just been asked to repair a Kentucky KM 140 mandolin with a neck issue. There is a crack at the back of the heel where it joins the body, the action is high and the bridge has been...
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    Re: Gibson LGO Plastic Bridge

    Thanks, Allen. At this point, it's still about the joy of bringing an instrument back to life and honing my skills, but yes, the hours were significant on this!
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

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    It's French Polishing week on the bench. Here are three turn of the century instruments; a white crown label Washburn 111 that I X braced, a Washburn 2422 double point mandolin and an...
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    Re: Flaked top of 1917 Gibson A

    I rebuilt this Gibson A which was in terrible condition when I got it. Repairs entailed splinting multiple sections of wood and sanding done sections of the already trashed finish to blend in the...
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    Bruno Pearl Fingerboard Bowlback Mandolin

    In keeping with my tradition of sharing strange repairs with the folks here, I offer you the Bruno Bowlback Mandolin. Beautiful workmanship; Brazilian Rosewood back, spruce top, exquisite inlays and...
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    Re: Spanish Cedar Source

    Thanks for all the good info and links everyone!. I was able to work off Bluetickhounds reference but found the shipping to be excessive (18.00 shipping on an 8.00 neck block). But realizing this...
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    Re: Dobro Mandolin's Internal Organs Exposed

    I recently restored a mid 30's Regal spider cone resonator. It also has the same intonation issue. Even by pulling the cone as far back as possible, the strings were sharp. After trying to file off...
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    Re: Restoring a Gibson Alrite

    Great post! I have a really battered one of these I plan to work on some day and this was a great help!
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    Re: 1962 00-18 Martin Restoration

    Here are the "After" shots of the inside of the top.

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    American Conservatory Mandoletto

    Here's the latest one off my bench, an American Conservatory Mandoletto. Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Spruce top, Ebony Fingerboard. Interestingly enough, this thing has tiny bar frets!

    I...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

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    What appears to be an early no name Chicago Parlor. Brazilian back and sides, Spruce top, Quality workmanship. Significant damage but the price was...
  19. Re: Looking for Tuners for Vintage Washburn guitar

    My first choice is to try to find vintage tuners. If that doesn't come to be, I'll go with the 3-on-Plate Waverly Machines for Slotted Pegheads...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I'm finishing up the french polish on this Wasburn 1897 New Model 212. This got a neck re-set, several face splints, and significant work on the back repairing a split that ran the entire length of...
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    Re: Turn of the Centruy Bruno Neck Issue

    To answer my own question, it's a butt joint at the neck. Surprised the heck out of me! While considering the possibility of doing a heat bend, I was trying a clamping dry run when the heel cracked...
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    Turn of the Centruy Bruno Neck Issue

    I wrote about this Bruno Parlor guitar some time age when I was trying identify a mystery glue that had been used on a previous bad repair. It was insoluble in any solvent known to me or the forum...
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    Re: Morgan Monroe Neck re-set

    OK, the re-glue went together very well. I used rubber bands instead of clamps since I needed to clamp forward towards the tailpiece rather than front to back like on a dove tail. Iíve never done...
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    Re: Morgan Monroe Neck re-set

    Actually these currently list for around 900. It's a fairly nice f style solid wood mandolin, spruce over mahogany, no binding; well worth fixing right. Besides, there was enough old glue in the...
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    Re: Glue removal question

    It's turn of the century old growth Brazilian Rosewood. Need I say more?
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