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  1. Re: Rough and ready ... quick and dirty, electric conversion.

    I think this is a brilliant way to get a tenor scale on the quick. Well done!
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    Re: New Tenor guitar

    On an acoustic instrument bridge placement is functional whereas on a solid body it is aesthetic. I prefer 2 pickups so lots of room between neck heel and bridge works best.

    String spacing is...
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    Re: In praise of solid body mandolins.

    Here's a recent thread on Eastman's new El Rey that shows one side of the electric mandolin world

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/146287-Eastman-El-Rey-Video-Review

    Then there's Nash...
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    Re: Easy strap lock

    Plastic bread ties also work in a pinch and come in a variety of colors

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    Double Extended Range Tenor

    First loop out of my upgraded looping rig. I'm playing a tricked out Zakk Wylde Les Paul PeeWee into a Yamaha AW1600 audio workstation I upgraded to SD card.

    The PeeWee is tuned in 5ths - Eb Bb F...
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    Re: In praise of solid body mandolins.

    I'm partial to semi-hollow for weight reasons but all the aforementioned benefits apply in equal measure!

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    Re: Fender Tele Tenor at NAMM

    Good on you for snagging one.

    It costs quite a bit to tool up for a new product - almost everything had to be custom tooled including body and pickups - and the list price was pretty aggressive so...
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    Re: Fender Tele Tenor at NAMM

    Yeah, I was in the big Fender dealer in Canada and they have nothing in their system about it. Which is most odd.

    This is completely unsubstantiated postulation but with all the litigation going...
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    Re: Soares'y Electric Tenor

    I believe his first language is Portuguese. There's a special place for him in keeping the tenor world alive and some of his creations are pretty neat. I'm specifically after a 21" neck which he...
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    Re: Soares'y Electric Tenor

    His strength appears to be in that he makes his own necks which he applies to various and sundry bodies such as the Squier Mini I'm guessing he scrounges on the used market. I've not tried one of his...
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    Re: what is the best selling mandolin

    I believe he was referencing pre "The Loar," Eastman and others that are relatively recent additions to the mandolin family. There were/are a lot of junk makers at a time when MK's were about the...
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    Re: what is the best selling mandolin

    IIRC I believe Robert Fear (sp?), one of the mando retailers around these parts, had mentioned Michael Kelly was the best selling mandolin for years. Not sure if that still holds as there are many...
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    Re: f-hole/oval/hybrid question

    AFAIK F4s are ladder braced?

    My Paris Swing is short-scale with an oval and tone bars so it's close. The tone bars go in a bit of a V to accommodate the hole. No elevated board.

    I find it's...
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    Re: Your First Upgrade

    I think as noted above, if you know what you want and keep your eyes open deals do come up. The Michael Kelly solid wood f-stye for $199 is a great example. I know it's a bit more difficult on your...
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    Re: Fender Tele Tenor at NAMM

    We can hope. A few years back I put in a request to Fender Custom Shop for a 21" scale Jaguar tenor. The response came back that all the custom shop does is move around existing bits and since...
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    Re: Eastman El Rey Video Review

    I have a ton of respect for the folks at Eastman. IME they generally care about their customers and are very open to suggestions.

    This appears to be a new venture for them and I would suspect they...
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    Re: Eastman El Rey Video Review

    I got that but I guess I didn't qualify my comment well enough. Those screws will move one end up/down but then you still have to deal with the uneven D course which will have a smaller core than the...
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    Re: Eastman El Rey Video Review

    The problem with adjusting the pickup up/down is that it doesn't take into account the differences in the strings.

    The core of the wound strings (which is what affects the pickup) is the same...
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    Re: Eastman El Rey Video Review

    Thanks for the review.

    I had a brief email exchange with Lollar asking about a 4-lead pickup with adjustable pole pieces and was told they're not selling their Mandolin pickup made for Eastman at...
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    Re: Playing a five string vs a four

    Forget about playing chords using all the strings.

    The lower 4 strings (CGDA) are the same tuning as tenor guitar/banjo and mandola. The upper 4 strings (GDAE) are mandolin.

    A google on "tenor...
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    Re: Multi-track Recording?

    Cheapest and easiest is a used Zoom H4 (around $100 these days). Records 4 tracks with overdubbing.
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    Re: Multi-track Recording?

    Ta-da!

    Plus computer fans and drives are noisy.
  23. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    Where'd he get the whammy bar?
  24. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    I came from bass to guitar to mando and find they all have their place.

    While some say a single-course electric mandolin sounds like an electric guitar, I argue nuance. There are sounds you can...
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    Re: Multi-track Recording?

    Yamaha AW1600. 16 track stand alone recorder with pro audio quality.

    They are hard-drive based so they go cheap these days. I got one and converted it to SD card - simple and cheap.

    I record on...
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