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  1. Re: (Godin A8) Making my mandolin look more ethnic

    Got any artistically creative friends?? Commission one of them to paint the face of your A8 or design a stencil of suitable ethnicity. You will always remember that friend when you play. Fond...
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    Re: Gibson mandolin hope to find info

    Looks like the A-40N, probably from the 1950s. It should clean up quite nicely.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  3. Thread: string gauges

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    Re: string gauges

    If you are looking for a more classical sound from your F-4, try the D'Addario EFW-74 flat wound, stainless steel set. I've been using them on my '16 F-4 for a couple of years as an alternative to PB...
  4. Thread: Uther my cat..

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    Re: Uther my cat..

    Sorry to hear of your loss T.D. It's never easy to lose a member of the family. I cried like a baby when we lost our "Zippy". He was not my cat, I was his person. It still saddens me to this...
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    Re: Remove Frets & Scoop

    If you would never use them and they're in the way, go for it. It's your mandolin to alter to your preferences. Besides, it's not a very high dollar instrument although a nice starter.

    Len B....
  6. Thread: Joe K Walsh

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    Re: Joe K Walsh

    So, who is the bride/partner/spouse?

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  7. Re: If your spouse just green-lighted an electric mando ...

    This:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/141376#141376

    In the MC classifieds now for $500 (NFI). Please buy it before I do :grin:

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Raymond Mandolin Passed Down

    Definitely remove the old strings and clean up the "crud" with a soft damp cloth (old tee shirt or similar). Restring it with light gauge strings but first inspect the neck joint to make sure its...
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    Re: "The Kentucky" vs. "Kentucky"

    Great looking mandolin you've got there Mysticfiddler!! I would think asking $1200 to $1500 would be a fair price range. The slimmed down neck profile may be a deal breaker for someone with large...
  10. Thread: Rigel on Ebay

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    Re: Rigel on Ebay

    I see it's the A Natural model you have there which was their "budget" model without a pickup. I don't remember much about that model re: the bridges they used. I don't remember ever seeing RW...
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    Re: Noisy finish ???

    Maybe not MJ (since he wore leather gloves sans fingers) but that may where John's friend got the idea ;)

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Noisy finish ???

    Au rien or da nada. Take your pick :)

    Here is how I dealt with my "sticky" neck problem.

    177581177582

    It was refinished (I am guessing) at the Gibson factory back in the '70s with a heavy...
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    Re: Noisy finish ???

    I see what you mean by "noisy" and it is quite annoying. I associate the "noise" with the finish being rather sticky i.e your hand sticks to the glossy finish, especially in warm humid conditions. An...
  14. Thread: MD315 speedneck

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    Re: MD315 speedneck

    Let mother nature and body chemistry take care of that :grin:

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  15. Thread: MD315 speedneck

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    Re: MD315 speedneck

    Hi Doug,

    Here's what the speed neck looks like with bare wood and 15 years of handling. Smooth as silk...

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    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: The day the music burned

    It sounds painfully similar to the recent fire at the Notra Dame cathedral in Paris, France. It gives me a vaguely nauseous feeling.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: The D.Gilchrist in the classifieds

    I almost agree Daniel. I think it "could" be a 5 string (15" scale) or a 4 string (13.9" scale) for that matter. Not necessarily that it "should" be. I do like the 2 pickup and Mann wraparound TP...
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    Re: Rio Grande Mock 4 Pickup for Gibson EM200

    Are you running phosphor bronze G and D strings? It looks to be from your picture. If so, replace them with nickle steel strings which will give a stronger magnetic signal to increase the signal to...
  19. Re: Third string out of tune below the fifth fret

    Try acoustic guitar strings. There should be plenty to choose from.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  20. Re: Third string out of tune below the fifth fret

    Try a different string gauge for the G perhaps? File down the leading edge of the bridge to change the compensation? Just a thought...

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
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    Re: Rio Grande Mock 4 Pickup for Gibson EM200

    Great looking mandolin Michael. Nice score!! I would be strongly inclined to see if the 60 Hz hum could be drastically reduced or eliminated altogether using better grounding, shielding p/u and...
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    Re: 1977 Gibson F-5 Questions

    I'm thinking it would be worth ~ $3.5K (maybe more) once the work is done, plus factor in the satisfaction of making this mandolin sing again. Of course, you would have to place a "worth" to you...
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    Re: 1977 Gibson F-5 Questions

    What are you trading for this mandolin ollaimh? Depends on the trade as this F-5 is going to take some $$$ to put it back together again.Whose autograph is it sporting? Also, if you're considering...
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    Re: Man....I had a blue guitar...

    Here's my (former) blue Rigel A Plus Deluxe, great mandolin with a beautiful finish.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL

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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    "The norm is for people to take their limited data points and draw faulty conclusions."

    While I totally agree with you re: the preponderance of fault conclusions, how many data points would
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