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    Re: Top and back graduations

    The plans are sold through Elderly Music.
  2. Re: Making Head block for F5. " the old fashioned way"

    I can't imagine attacking an F without a bandsaw.
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    One thing I know, I don't have any natural talent in B.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    I saw the Tucker in the classifieds and shared it with Jacob Hagerty who is beginning to build some nice mandolins. It is an extreme example of one way to do the recurve. But watching and listening...
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    The older oval mandolins did have an inlayed maple stiffener to help re-enforce them. These days it's easy to get and install a carbon fiber re-enforcement.
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    Concerning the reference to the Stew-Mac print, I learned the hard way that those grads are way too heavy. They show 1/4" in the center which is what you might find on an archtop guitar.
    Adrian...
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    Re: Top and back graduations

    There's a lot of talk about thicknesses and that's very important, but to me the actual shaping of the plates is the key. It seems that many new builders don't get the recurve right. It isn't a...
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    Re: New case option

    I've been posting pictures the same way for 15 years and now they start showing up wrong.
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    New case option

    My friend Geo showed up with his Gibson in this Pro Rock Gear case. Looked it up on Amazon and it's $79. Not even listed as a mandolin case, it's called a Folk and World music case.
    I like the way...
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    Re: Prettiest Peghead Inlays Ever

    This is by no means the prettiest ever but maybe the prettiest I ever did.
    A lady who ordered a mandolin sent a drawing of this, otherwise I would have never thought of it.
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    Re: Always surprised how people send stuff

    I have a friend with a '54 Fender 3 neck table steel. Such a massive block of wood it weighs a ton.
    It's in a period correct tweed case with a lot of the leatherette on the ends deteriorating. One...
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    Re: 1976 Gehrardt Green F5 Pictures

    I bet James Condino likes it!
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    Re: General Mandolin Discussion

    I, too was perplexed.
  14. Re: Check out this mandolin...... Thoughts, comments, concerns

    I just got to hang out with Jeff Harrison last weekend. He's played bass in the San Antonio based band Tennessee Valley Authority for 30 or so years. My friend Marty Javors plays guitar.
    Jeff's...
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    Re: Stupid(?) question re: resawing wood

    And speaking to stupid questions, I can give a very good example. In 1973 I asked the first guy I knew who had made an F5 "Is an F harder to build than an A"? Here's your sign.
  16. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    A bonfire would have been better.
  17. Thread: Duffeyisms

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    Duffeyisms

    I've been re-reading some old Pickin and Frets mags and was reading a Frets 1980 article about John Duffey. He said he was out of touch with the retail market but that with the F5-L Gibson was making...
  18. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    You guys are going to get this conversation shut down if you don't cool it.
  19. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Verne, in some ways I support Gibson in fighting against cheap import knock-offs and I'm glad they've always remained in America.
  20. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Actually, Marty, the orchestra craze really died out pretty quickly in the early 20's. World War I disrupted things quite a bit, but more people were getting phonographs and other musical styles...
  21. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Interesting to note that Bill MONROE didn't use a clone since there was no such thing as a clone in 1945. And that he used that mandolin all through the late 40's, 50's and on into the 90's.
  22. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    OK, just one more.
    What happened in the mid to late 60's was a demand for a GIBSON F-5 LOAR style mandolin developed and Gibson wasn't filling that demand. So by Bill M's logic those who filled the...
  23. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Well you can put hook scrolls or make them look like a duck all day long but in the end you have a 15th fret elevated fingerboard f hole mandolin.
  24. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    That's a 1952 and Les Paul was involved. His name was on it. The first SG, still called a Les Paul was in '61.
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    Re: on doing a sunburst

    plastic grocery bags to block the f holes
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