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    Re: James Mandolin Tailpiece

    I have both a James and an Allen on mandos. The Allen cleans up easily now (I don't know how many years the lacquer coating will hold up) but changing strings on it is not an enjoyable experience. I...
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    Re: Collings MTO Honey Amber gloss top

    If it really bothers you, put a finger rest on the instrument. If it truly is all the way through the finish and you're seeing raw wood, an experience luthier can drop fill it with lacquer but it...
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    Re: Fret size on Kentucky KM-950

    Yes, that is considered standard size for guitars and LOTS of builders/luthiers install it in mandos. I have it in two of mine and I love it. Very little sign of wear 3 years in. BTW, that "medium...
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    Re: A question about floating pickguards

    Being an amateur builder and a reformed pinky-planter, I have installed narrow wooden floating finger rests on my 3 personal instruments. Bluegrassers that pick them up generally hate them. For me,...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    Gosh, I guess I need to charge more. Kidding aside, of all the tasks involved in building mando's, nuts and frets are my least favorite part (well, maybe next to finishing). Getting the string...
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    Re: Which bridge should I get?

    Hey Charlie,

    I'm not sure how big of a difference you'll hear on your old Gibson. On my new builds (F hole A models) Cumberland bridges made an impressive difference over the $20 cheapies, and...
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    Re: Getting the Gallatin look

    Transtint dyes are indeed very colorfast (wear gloves!). If you have some residual color left in the top, you're going to need to go pretty dark. I would dye the wood first. Transtint dye is VERY...
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    Re: Show off your back side

    #5, nicknamed Jurassic Park180170
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    It's the "Builders and Repair" section and most luthiers work on all different kinds of instruments. There's a wealth of knowledge here on challenging cases and how we deal with them.
  10. Re: suggestions/thoughts for someone wanting to learn inlay work

    Hi Daryl,
    I imagine there's lots of good info on the web with photos/video of the processes involved. Two very important things to consider are magnification and lighting (especially if your eyes...
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    Re: Strap attachment - A style, no body button

    The method outlined in Gary's post above sounds like the way to go if you don't want a strap going under the fretboard extension. As a luthier, I have built all of my mandos and actually drill an 1/8...
  12. Thread: Beware EVOs

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    Re: Beware EVOs

    I have EVO gold wire on an electric (medium jumbo 0.102" wide), a flattop (0.090" wide), and two mando's (medium 0.080" wide). I also have an oval hole archtop mando (my first build) with the...
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    Re: Best suited cast tailpiece

    Mike summed your options beautifully in post #2. I, too, tired of wrestling with stamped metal tail pieces and put an Allen on one of my mando's. The Allen is rock solid, looks nice and feels nice...
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    Re: on doing a sunburst

    I also use alcohol-base stains but cut my base with up to 50% flow enhancer. I find this gives me more working time and makes it easier to blend the intersection of colors. It still dries quickly...
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    Re: Show off your back side

    Build #5, nicknamed "Jurassic Park"177802
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    Re: 2 way truss rod for a mandola

    Not sure what you mean by "the nut". The flat bar stock part faces up towards the fingerboard, often with a shallow filler strip glued in over the top. I think a 2-way truss rod is a good idea. I've...
  17. Re: Looking for a clip-on tuner that works well in daylight...

    another vote for the TC unitune. Very bright and the two colors make it obvious when you've hit the pitch. Also extremely accurate, when you tune each string in a pair, they are actually in tune with...
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    Re: Non-mandolin question (electric guitar)

    One of the simplest would be the telecaster style. It's a simple slab body with a neck held on with screws. Routing templates for the body outline and cavities are readily available as are all the...
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    Another vote for TC unitune/polytune. They're very quick to nail the pitch, no waiting several seconds for the tuner to decide what the pitch is. Also very accurate, even in standard mode. When I...
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    Re: Why use a heel cap?

    That area of the neck is under an extreme amount of tension. Extending the back over the heel locks it in solidly and negates the possibility of that part of neck joint opening up at all in the...
  21. Re: Eastman MD 805 & Schaller GrandTune A style tuners

    They are obviously a high quality tuner but I haven't heard very many reports on their function. In that price/quality range you may want to consider Rubners which have lots of happy users on this...
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    Re: Incra Measuring Tools

    Fine quality 6 and 12" rules are basic equipment for any accurate woodworking. I have found Shinwa machinist's rules to have the finest graduations etchings of any and the non-glare satin finish...
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    Re: 2 Fret Questions

    As others have intimated, be prepared to repair lots of little chip outs from the dimples exiting the slot. Fretwire tangs are all the same size, regardless of the bead size, so your standard size...
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    Re: Strap pin yes or no in a A-5

    As a builder, I actually drill a 1/8" hole through the heel about 2/3 of the way down from fretboard, centered in the part of the heel that's exposed. Just big enough for a braided shoelace to go...
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    Re: Identify Cumberland bridge

    The one with the strongest, best defined tone is the Cumberland. Of course, if the bridge isn't perfectly mated to the top, they'll all sound weak.
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