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  1. Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    This is an old Fender plywood acoustic in poor shape already - I don't think anyone is going to work on it at professional rates! Current value with lifting bridge is around $0, maybe a fraction more...
  2. Re: Lifting bridge on a cheap acoustic guitar

    Bolts alone probably wont hold. If you think about it, once the glue lets go the bolts concentrate all the force in just two places. If(when) they pull through the top it's not really repairable for...
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    There are two separate things going on here - neck stability, and neck adjustment.

    When a neck is first built, the builder wants it to sit in exactly the right place once the strings are on. And...
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    Re: More Neck Questions

    Re fretting is rather easier than removing and replacing the fretboard!

    For this instrument I'd consider just levelling the frets. Ignore the frets beyond the "hump" at the neck/body joint unless...
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    Re: Hard case recommendations

    I just bought a case for my 1931 Gibson TG0.

    The Gator 3/4 acoustic guitar case is a pretty good fit. About 1/2 inch clearance around the body, but it doesn't rattle around inside. 2 or 3 inches...
  6. Thread: Alder ribs?

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    Re: Alder ribs?

    A friend in Sweden has made several alder ukuleles, and tells me it bends pretty easily.
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    Re: Raising 12th fret, worth it?

    Me too, though I'm only an amateur builder and occasionally fix instruments for friends. Wood moves with humidity, and not predictably.

    BTW, I assumed the original poster planned to fix this...
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    Re: Raising 12th fret, worth it?

    The short edge of a credit card works well enough around the 12th fret to span three frets.

    Try it across the full width (i.e. along all the string paths) - it's quite common that a fret is only...
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    Re: Struggling with Gibson serial numbers

    I recently acquired a TG-0 tenor guitar, and it's serial (1084) isn't in the online lists at that site. Or rather it is, both as a 1903 mandolin and as a 1961 acoustic. Mine is clearly neither - it...
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    Re: Hide glue question

    Agreed! I've watched a few of Jerry Rosa's videos, and some of his repairs make me wince because he uses non-repairable techniques on valuable (especially old) instruments. I'd have thought that if...
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    Re: Eastman Truss Rod Question

    I'm working on a 1930s Gibson tenor guitar which I bought for my own use - it has a single action truss rod with a brass nut.

    I asked around before I began adjusting, and was told:

    1. The wood...
  12. Re: Older Barnes & Mullins Flatback - a couple of cracks / splits

    What you need is an amateur builder (guitars, or ukes like me, would be fine as this mandolin isn't an arch top). Sadly I don't know anyone in your area - building needs a shed, and London is short...
  13. Re: Older Barnes & Mullins Flatback - a couple of cracks / splits

    Tier 4 means you're in the UK, but where? Stabilising those cracks is quite easy for someone with experience, and there might be someone nearby. But you also need to know that the neck block isnt...
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    Re: Mandolin leather case restoration

    There's a BBC series called the "Repair Shop", and their leather expert has brought back leather which looks worse than that! So maybe there is something which can be done.

    A quick search found me...
  15. Re: what glue to use on 70yo mando w/ previous repairs?

    I'd have typed the same.

    Hot hide glue is much easier than it seems. I just use a baby bottle warmer (second hand from eBay) - precise temperature isn't that important if you're not keeping the...
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    Re: Very strange intonation

    Me too.

    Easy to check - play that E string open and fretted at the 1st fret. If the notes are the same ...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    My tuner was the low E on a 40-50 year old guitar, and a cheap one at that. So I think it was caused by wear, but it was completely invisible to the eye. It only buzzed on playing the E string too....
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    I've come across this on a guitar - nothing obviously loose or rattling on the tuner, but clearly just enough clearance at some critical spot to resonate at particular frequencies. Other than using a...
  19. Re: Long term planning for 1st mandolin and uke GDAE in the meant

    The Flea soprano is a fraction longer than normal - most sopranos are around 13 7/8 inches. Your picture clearly isn't a soprano uke, looks like a tenor (17 inches) to me.

    I suspect the string...
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    Re: Top strength/Tuning stability

    It's easier than that! Just glue the plates together flat, and then shape the braces (my tenor guitar will have two on the lower bout, one above the sound hole) so they are straight on the underside,...
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    Re: Top strength/Tuning stability

    I'd give it some time before deciding. It takes a week or two for a new build to settle to its "working" shape.

    I'd guess your main risk is that it settles into a dip on the top (might still...
  22. Re: Ideas for what could be rattling on Mandolin!

    I always try the quick and easy things first, and this is one.

    Slacken one of the pair and park it to one side. Then play the remaining string as normal. If it still rattles, it's not the pair...
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    Re: Pre cut fretboard supply - UK

    Ah, didn't realise how hampered you were!

    I suggest you give Rob Collins a call, contact via https://tinguitar.com. He makes custom ukuleles, guitars etc, so a mandolin fretboard would be well...
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    Re: Pre cut fretboard supply - UK

    I thickness fretboards with a hand plane.

    I simply make a jig which is two strips of wood the right thickness stuck down to a piece of melamine-face particle board (the stuff sold for making...
  25. Re: Do any companies make bowlback mandolins and banjolins anymor

    The Ugo Orlandi position tells me that playing technique is different from a flatback. My main instrument is ukulele, and those are held the same way - the playing forearm holds the instrument...
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