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  1. Re: Classical Guitar to Tenor conversion questions

    I'm fairly adventurous but wouldn't use a router near frets. Too much of a risk that a fret could become a projectile.
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    Re: On the search for a fingerboard

    Call LMI directly.
    However, It really ain't a big thing to radius a mandolin fretboard. Its not nearly as much work as doing a guitar fretboard. Radius before you cut the fretslots. I think you...
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    Re: Plexi for templates

    I find that lexan or polycarbonate is superior to plexiglass. Its a lot less brittle. You got to use a good sharp blade. Without exception, I always need to refine a template using my spindle sander...
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    Fretboard dots are valuable if you are trying to share or teach someone else. They're really not for the player as side dots are. If you want to teach or share your licks with someone else, the...
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    Re: Fixing a microphonic pickup

    I would suggest repotting the pickup. I use a cheap electric water kettle that typically sells for about $20 -- $10 at a thrift shop. It has an adjustable heat setting. I put about 1" of water in it....
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    Re: 8 string solid body playability

    What you need to do is test drive a lot of instruments. I strongly advise against buying any instrument that isn't absolutely perfect in your hands when you play it. I've been a professional tech and...
  7. Re: Classical Guitar to Tenor conversion questions

    Hogwash :)
    Actually just throwing out my experiences for reference and levity.
    I've done quite a few conversions and I've never pulled the frets or removed the fretboard. I just thin the neck using...
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    Re: Bass guitar stays quiet !!!

    Troubleshooting this on a forum can be nearly impossible. Problems like this are what I've repaired for over 20 years. The #1 fault that I see for a no output instrument is when someone tries to...
  9. Thread: Klusons

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    Re: Klusons

    Klusons get a bad wrap from a lot of guitarists. I’ve never had a problem with them. I think the bad feelings come from Gibson guitars and their 3 x 3 headstock configuration and a slightly less than...
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    Re: Solving unexpected problems

    Never ever throw away old binding or pickguard material.
  11. Re: Best general purpose paint sprayer also for mandolin finishes

    I’ve always used a badger airbrush for instrument and have always used lacquer. The setup is inexpensive. Some folks have said that the airbrush is too small but it totally suits my technique.
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    Re: Binding laminate

    Try Lutherie Mercantile also. Limo.com. I’m also a fan of axiom
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    Re: Mandocello question

    You can get a Big Baby Taylor in A+ condition for about 250 to $300. They’re damn good guitars but not terribly valuable so your not commuting a sin. The necks are bolt-on so it’s not a big deal to...
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    Re: Mandocello question

    A lot of guitars convert quite easily to octave mandolins. If your mandocello gives you joy maybe it’s best to just leave it alone - don’t fix it if it ain’t broke. I do conversions all the time. A...
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    Re: Latest build electric mandolin

    The first sixteen years of my career was related to the unthinkable. Most of the 100 or so children will be better people. I believe that.
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    Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    I want so much to build an emergency inflatable guitar using a co2 cartridge and a pin that you pull.
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    Re: 1915 Gibson A Pickguard issue

    I’d suggest gentle indirect heat to the fretboard. Something like cutting a penny to lay between the frets over the pin and applying a soldering iron momentarily every few seconds to just gently...
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    Re: Latest build electric mandolin

    John, I checked out the vids on your tag line. I really appreciate your playing style. Makes me want to try building acoustic mandolins. I see you’re in Scotland. The singular day in my life when I...
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    Re: Latest build electric mandolin

    There’s plenty of luthery work to go around. I share, you share and if you’re better at doing something than I am, I’m happy to refer my clients. But not everyone is into the tedium of doing this...
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    Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    Can’t help myself... a better way to fix this problem would have been to force an innertube through the sound hole and inflate it. It would have been adjustable
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    Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    Love it. Now you can fill the whole thing up with expanding foam and never have a problem again
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    Re: Latest build electric mandolin

    Busted. I had an alembic bass in for repairs a few years ago. I looked at the bridge and thought, I can make that. You need an X/Y table on a drill press, a dremel a hacksaw, and an internet...
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    Re: Mandocello question

    What a good looking instrument for a conversion. You’ll have no problem as an octave mandolin. I’ve just endured a forced education on scale length limitations with my electric mandolin. For...
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    Re: Latest build electric mandolin

    The pickup is generally based on a P90. I made the bobbin from the same persimmon that was used for the fretboard. The base is .090” garolite from MasterCarr and it totally destroys saw blades - it’s...
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    Latest build electric mandolin

    Finally finished the prototype and have played it so much my fingertips are bruised. Mahogany body, mahogany/maple/mahogany neck with persimmon fretboard and conventional trussrod. Tortoise celluloid...
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