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    Re: E-MandoCello -- Opinions Please

    Oh my... :)
    Nylon core, let alone piezo pickups is not the direction I'm headed. I've gone there dipping my toe into the vast lake of possibilities with a couple unique instruments. I have a 24.5...
  2. Thread: Fret markers

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    Re: Fret markers

    I guess mostly because they don't want to.
    However, both on the face of the fretboard, and on the side of the neck, the slightest misalignment of the two dots totally stands out as a terrible glitch...
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    Re: Electric mandocello

    Depending on what you're looking for, a guitar conversion is an inexpensive way to go. I've been doing these for a few years. A conversion takes me about five or six hours. A 25.5"scale will tune to...
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    Re: What do you see?

    I see what Don sees -- a potential fracturing of a laminated top but it could be an unfortunate optical illusion thingy. I also see what could be interpreted as a sinking top referencing the...
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    Re: Us newbies are cracking on ;)

    I went looking because of the comments about naked... and didn't find them :( Good luck in your endeavors. EMandos are so cool.
  6. Re: "New techniques" for instrument restoration (NMC)

    Honest true... I once repaired a damaged gord on a sitar that was missing pieces by slicing a plain bagel into 1/4" thick bites and saturating them with superglue. Sanded them to shape and applied...
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    Re: Effect of storage on a mandolin

    Its just like anything else that is stored for 15 years. It could go south, or not. A fair number of luthiers believe that playing an instrument imparts mojo and results in the development of...
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    Re: Fret size on Kentucky KM-950

    Since the mandolin is built overseas and in multiple locations, its quite possible that even the parent company in SF won't be able to provide you an answer. Its fairly easy for any tech to...
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    Re: proper fret dress

    Mr Breeze, You polishing cloths will work great. 600 grit is fairly safe to clean up file marks without easily changing the actual height of the fret. 1000 grit is a better finish than you get on...
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    I've done that process on a couple of old guitars. Sometimes you can get away with only pulling a few frets and if you're lucky, you can reuse the original frets. I have a soft spot for student level...
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    Re: Next-generation Wood?

    The day I first saw that video I went to my hardware store on purchased a double headed axe and basically did the same thing he did. It had better sustain -- not really. It sounded like an axe with...
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    Re: Nut Slots Cut Too Low

    Just adding a couple of comments. Although I don't use superglue to fill a nut slot, but as mentioned by someone else above, I have found that a full overnight curing of superglue seems to result in...
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    As I mentioned before, I'm new to mandolins. I'm also new to this forum as an active participant. I signed up back in '07 but that was only to have a few questions answered. I find this post very...
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    Re: proper fret dress

    I'm new to this forum. Recently smitten by mandolins. Not everything I know about guitars applies to mandolins and I'm eager to learn from those who know "stuff". Fretwork is my forte. I just hope...
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    Re: proper fret dress

    ...breeze, First, I don't think that the radius of the concave surface is tight/narrow enough for most mandolin frets. But it'll certainly be an improvement over not using any crowning tool at all....
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    Re: Nut Slots Cut Too Low

    First make sure that the nut slot is actually cut too deep. Often debris from the nut file can remain in the slot and make the string misbehave. Sometimes its just a bit of lint from the polishing...
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    Re: Buzzing Single Open E String

    Agreed. Sometimes a little bit of polishing cloth gets stuck on the string and finds itself in the nut slot. Loosen and lift the strings out of the nut and use something like a sharpened toothpick to...
  18. Re: Classical Guitar to Tenor conversion questions

    Looking forward to seeing more progress. I very much like the idea of a nylon strung tenor. I'm on the lookout for a perspective guitar to modify myself.
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    Re: Fan-fret mandocello build

    Puttin' on my bifocals, this type of post is the kind of post that I look forward to. The exploration of building something out of the ordinary, the nay-sayers who are sometimes grumpy too. Its great...
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    Its also a matter of personal needs from the instrument. If you really pluck hard for effect, you're going to need to elevate the strings a little for clarity. If you're more of a gentle play you can...
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    Re: Goldtone Long Scale Mando-Guitar

    Out of the half-dozen or so of these type of instruments (not made by Goldtone) that have come in to our shop I have yet to see one that was playable in any sort of appreciable manner. They were...
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    Re: A-String Buzz

    Every instrument has its own sweet spot as far as relief is concerned. Some will play great with no relief while others demand it. With the short scale length of a mandolin, a little relief is almost...
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    Re: A Question to the community

    There is a lot more going on with a dulcimer than meets the eye. And yup, lots of ideas to get more sonic response even when you look at someone else's design. YOu can make them into anything from a...
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    Re: lacquer problem

    If you discover what happened, please let us know.
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    Re: Wayne guitar (no mando content)

    I am a luthiererer-er and DoubleE is right on the money. The only repairs you should pursue are the ones necessary to make it play and keep it structurally intact. I work hard to not get involved in...
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