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    Re: 1981 F5L on ebay

    If you ask Randy, he will mark it. I asked him to sign and date the underside of my top when he regraduated my 1956 F-12 back in 2008. He gladly complied with my request. Good guy!!

    Len B....
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    Re: Modified Rogue RM-100A

    Part of the "learning curve" is avoiding something more expensive that you would consider doing this kind of job to. If it needs it as bad as you think this Rogue did, then best to keep on looking...
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    Re: Modified Rogue RM-100A

    A bit of lipstick on a pig but you did a fine job Yeet. Good on you and I bet it sounds way better too.

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  4. 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
  6. 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...
  7. 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....
  9. Thread: Joe K Walsh

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    Re: Joe K Walsh

    So, who is the bride/partner/spouse?

    Len B.
    Clearwater, FL
  10. 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...
  13. 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...
  17. 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
  18. 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...

    177525

    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...
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    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
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    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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