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    Re: Maggie May - tutorial

    I am a not going to claim to be the most accomplished player. But I can get my fingers cleanly quite a few chord shapes easily enough. However my fingers didn’t want to bend that way. I have no doubt...
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    Re: Maggie May - tutorial

    Thereís no need for an apology. If you donít ask you wonít learn. I have just tried the fingering in the attached photo. I donít think I could get it at a reasonable speed. Not without a lot more...
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    Re: New to me JL Smith 5 string

    My 20” five string has iirc a 74w on the C string I bought an eighth string electric guitar set Ernie Ball slinky’s. It was the only way I could find a string that gauge. Tension is ok but I am not...
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    Re: Maggie May - tutorial

    Ok I am not exactly an expert myself but I have learned a few chord shapes that suit my ability.
    I play it with my first finger on the G second finger across both d and a strings. You can use your...
  5. Re: Beginner Seeking Advice - Guitar or Octave Mandolin?

    I have an Octave Mandolin it’s a five string electric with 20” scale. I also have a few guitars but only one of them is in standard tuning. Personally I thought I would struggle with Guitar as...
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    Re: Home Amp for 5 String

    I have a Gibson Valve Junior 5w tube amp at low volume it gives a reasonably clean tone. They are fairly rare over here but not impossible to find. I was really impressed with it.
  7. Thread: Amp Advice

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    Re: Amp Advice

    I have a Vox VT40+ which does most of what you want is seriously loud for its size. But you would need to get handy with the soldering iron to get your send and return option. It’s a fairly straight...
  8. Thread: Sacrilege?

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    Re: Sacrilege?

    I watched a YouTube video earlier. Of a spray on chrome plating system. Seemed easy enough to apply. Could be an option.
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    Re: Very cheap mandolas

    Might I suggest a very cheap way to get a shorter scale length. As a capo at second fret and re tune a change of strings if required but at least you can try the scale length. You can try third fret...
  10. Thread: Snowbound

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    Re: Snowbound

    I have to repeat the weather advice I read earlier.

    Down South please avoid travel. If you must drive to the local shops.
    You need warm clothes a flask shovel and sleeping bag in the car.
    Let...
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    Re: Trying something new!

    I have found from gun stock finishing (then used on my EOM neck). That truoil needs to be applied by hand not brush built up in very thin layers. The heat from your hands helps it harden. To rub down...
  12. Thread: practice rig

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    Re: practice rig

    Found it https://www.pinterest.co.uk/amp/pin/152137293643744530/
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    Re: Mandolin set-up tools

    My bags are filled with poly beads rather than the heavy sand that some use. An old sock filled with rice, dried peas or similar will do the job. You can adapt various tools to do set up work. I have...
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    Re: Tulsi electric mandolin

    All your chord shapes work, 5 strings give you more options. I've a 5 string octave and a 4 string mandolin. If you want electric guitar sounds then a 5 string covers a slighty larges spread of notes...
  15. Thread: Nava E-mando

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    Re: Nava E-mando

    Lovely looking instrument. I do like the pre routed channels/drilled holes, very neat way of doing the wiring.
    I'm just finishing a four string electric an eight string is next and that idea will...
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    Re: any substantive difference

    Simply put probably not.

    Depends on scale length, and if the Mandola has coursed strings or single. If you're talking single strings then scale length and tuning are the only differences.
    Mandola...
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    Re: Wanted : drawings A4 mandolin

    this any good http://www.johnanthonyguitars.com/store/p16/A_type_Mandolin_plans_P009.html ?
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