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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...
  2. Thread: Vega 20 string

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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: 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: 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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    Re: Vega Cylinder Back

    It needs a lot of tlc.

    I see at least four top cracks, signs that the top is coming loose from the rims near the tailpiece, loose top binding near the bass side body point, and signs that the tail...
  8. Thread: Top repair patch

    by rcc56
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    Re: Top repair patch

    No glue line will be completely invisible on conifers. The best you can hope for is repair that will probably stick out like a sore thumb to you, but others will not be able to notice unless you...
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    Re: Gibson String Height

    If a carved top mandolin with a 13 3/4" to 14" scale will not play cleanly with 4/64" between the top of the 12th fret and the E string and 5/64" between the fret and the G strings, the instrument...
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    Re: Gibson String Height

    I have no idea of what Gibson's current specs might be, but the specs I use in my shop are 3/64" to 4/64" between the 12 fret and the bottom of the E strings, and 4/64" to 5/64" between the 12th and...
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    Re: May Bell mandolin on Pottstown PA craigslist

    I had a black May Bell mandolin go across my workbench a few years back. It was otherwise more or less similar to the craigslist mandolin.
    It was all solid wood. The top was X braced, and the back...
  12. Re: Banner headstock Gibson J-45 at Goodwill, bidders go nuts

    The thinking that might go along with the $3600 bid might go something like this:

    Wow! It's got that ultra-cool banner logo! And [insert name of favorite singer] plays one that's got plenty of...
  13. Re: Banner headstock Gibson J-45 at Goodwill, bidders go nuts

    The pictures of the top are clearer in the re-listed offering.
    5 top cracks are clearly visible. Despite visual evidence to the contrary, their staff "Evaluator" still claims "The bridge does not...
  14. Re: Banner headstock Gibson J-45 at Goodwill, bidders go nuts

    The war time plant manager's dilemma: What are we going to run out of this month, and what are we going to do about it?

    I think that the only things that Gibson did not run out of at one time or...
  15. Re: Banner headstock Gibson J-45 at Goodwill, bidders go nuts

    Well, if Mr. Thomas is correct about wartime LG-1's having X-braced mahogany tops, then the Goodwill instrument would most likely be an LG-2-- its top is clearly spruce. That is, if it is indeed...
  16. Re: Banner headstock Gibson J-45 at Goodwill, bidders go nuts

    There may be a reason for the increasing bids on this instrument.
    After careful examination of the pictures, it looks like this one might have a maple back, although the pictures are too dark for me...
  17. Thread: Vega Bowl Back

    by rcc56
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    Re: Vega Bowl Back

    The term "restoration" does not disturb me in this particular case. You are simply replacing parts that are no longer functional and restoring the instrument to playable condition. If you were...
  18. Re: Banner headstock Gibson J-45 at Goodwill, bidders go nuts

    I see that Goodwill was indeed displaying the price with the decimal point in the wrong place. They have fixed the problem and the current bid is now $3,760.00.

    If I was looking for a guitar and...
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    Re: F hole crack repair

    It should be repaired or it will spread. $50 to $100 if it is done now-- I don't know exactly what prices are like in Denver. In my small-city modest income area, I would charge 50 for a hide glue...
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    Re: Martin Style 20 Interest

    I pulled the frets today.

    " . . . not much better than no frets at all . . ."
    The fret tops were about .015" above the face of the fingerboard. They varied in thickness between .031" and .036"....
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    Re: 'A' String Intonation Question

    If changing the strings does not fix the problem, there may be an inaccurate cut on one of the nut or saddle slots that may be difficult to see with the naked eye. If that is the cause, a stroke or...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    I have never found such measures to be necessary.
    A couple of years ago, I picked up a useful tip from Frank Ford's frets.com website: knock the square corners off the back of the tang with a file...
  23. Re: Dumb and petty complaint (Doyle Lawson F-5 content)

    I saw the listing for Chris's Doyle Lawson before it sold.
    While Gibson has, at many times over the years, produced the best sunbursts [imo], the one he sold was not one of them.
    If an instrument...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    Shen makes good basses, good enough to make a living on. They are seeing quite a bit of use in orchestras now, and some orchestra players who have been using old Kays have been retiring them for...
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    Re: Estate sale find in Ohio -- maybe

    Well, this guitar person thinks the picture isn't clear enough to say anything for sure. The long saddle bridge, if original, indicates '65 or earlier. The bridge color [again, if original] is a...
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