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    Re: interesting pickguard hardware on Ebay Gibson

    Y'all are being too polite. Neither the pickguard, nor the clamp were made by the Gibson company.

    And the bridge is suspect. I have seen brown rosewood bridges on Gibson's from this period, but...
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    Re: Half a mandolin question

    The instrument needs a neck re-set. Just like a neck set on a guitar or mandolin, this involves reshaping the fit of the heel to join the rim of the instrument at the angle necessary to provide good...
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    Re: No pickguard finish scratches

    In short, the answer about varnish is no.
    There are some epoxy based industrial finishes that are very durable, but I wouldn't want to use them on a musical instrument.
    Nitro and poly lacquers will...
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    Re: Shop goodwill flatiron

    I sure can't tell. A picture or two from another angle would be helpful, but we're not going to see anything like that from Goodwill. Bid at your own risk.
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    Re: Shop goodwill flatiron

    I don't understand what I'm seeing in the pictures of the back of the neck. If it is not a reflection, it looks like new wood could have been grafted in for some reason[???]
    If it stays around...
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    Re: Repairing and refinishing old Stradolin

    You can get violin varnishes from a supply house such as International Violin Co. or Metropolitan Music. Spirit varnishes dry quicker, oil varnishes are easier to apply. Or you can use...
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    Re: Spirit Varnish for a mandolin?

    When I have built French polished finishes, I used thin shellac as the sealer. This was followed by top coats of shellac, sometimes with a bit of sandarac added to the solution.

    Shellac is a...
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    Re: Vega 20 string

    I don't know of a comprehensive Vega book. That would be a good project for someone.
    A c. 1920 Vega mandolin catalog is currently available from Bernunzio Uptown Music.
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    Re: Peter Ostroushko's podcast

    I am happy that Peter is getting active again. His stroke was quite severe and his recovery slow and difficult. His mandolin playing days are over. He can still use his right side and had been...
  10. Thread: Vega 20 string

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    Re: Vega 20 string

    Warning--

    If you purchase this instrument, string it lightly or it will collapse.
    If it is on the mandola body, none of the D'Addario sets will be suitable.
    If it is on the mandolin body with ...
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    Re: Vega 20 string

    They made them both ways: mandolin body with mandolin scale; mandola body with mandola scale. I've seen at least two or three of the larger instruments.

    To complicate matters, Vega's catalog...
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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    Although I sometimes used to successfully use dowels, several folks whose judgement I trust have told me that dowels can [at least sometimes] weaken a peghead repair rather than strengthening it. ...
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    Re: Ciani mandolin really a Stradolin?

    Ernest "Pop" Stoneman also played a guitar made in the Galiano shop.
    Generally speaking, most of the Galiano instruments were made with more care than many of the other instruments distributed by...
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    Re: Ciani mandolin really a Stradolin?

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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    My theory on this is that most of the strength of this repair is going to come from the new reinforcement and its new glue joint. I don't think there will be much strength derived from the old...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    Sid Vicious was a violent and dangerous kid. He had a history of violent behavior, and was up on a murder charge when he died of an overdose at the age of 21.
    Had he lived longer, he probably would...
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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    Hmmm. Impossible for me to say without the instrument in hand, but one thing you can consider [if there's room] would be to work the surface of the "scoop" down 1/16" or more, get it nice and flat...
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    Re: Odd headstock repair

    We'll cross our fingers.
    It would be a good idea to wait 72 hours minimum before you stress the joint.
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    Re: Ciani mandolin really a Stradolin?

    A couple of years back, there was extended discussion about an old flat back octave mandolin that had a label pasted in it made from an old Gibson catalog page or trade magazine ad. Although the...
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    Re: 1917 Gibson A "Mint Condition"

    The exact positions of the frets on the old Gibsons varies from instrument to instrument. The general tendencies are that the first five or six are a bit far back, 7 through 12 are not too bad, and...
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    Re: Once in a Lifetime Mandolin Find

    Thank you so much for the kind words, George. I wish you many years of happy picking with it.
    I like that mandolin a lot.

    If any of you builders want to try something different, you might want...
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    Re: 1917 Gibson A "Mint Condition"

    I've measured a bunch of them, and the accuracy of some of them leaves much to be desired. However, mandolins made after 1918 seem more prone to having out of tolerance fret placement than earlier...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    The OP suggested that his wife was liking the idea of a real bass.

    As a teacher, I would suggest a well set up guitar and a year of lessons rather than any kind of bass. 9 chords and a capo can...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    If you can budget $1800 to $2000, I would recommend one of the Samuel Shen entry level basses. They are made much better than most of the other Asian entry level models. Also budget a little extra...
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    Re: Vega Cylinder Back

    Just for comparison's sake, I regularly see reputable dealers listing Vega 8 string cylinder back mandolins for +/- $1500 in nice condition.

    There are usually also a couple of them floating around...
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