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    Re: A couple of build questions

    Thanks everyone. It appeared to me that these things were not done in general, but it is good to know why. I hope to never have to take it apart, but building with repair in mind makes sense. Your...
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    Re: A couple of build questions

    The build is still in progress. The back and sides are together, and the top is carves to a uniform 0.2" (~5mm) which is what prompted there questions. I am ready to put the F holes in the top and...
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    Re: Bouzouki with extremely high action

    We would need a bit more info to try to determine what the issue is.
    Is there a truss rod in the neck.
    Is the neck pulling from the body.
    Can the bridge be lowered to bring the action down.

    It...
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    A couple of build questions

    I am building an archtop guitar shaped octave mandolin and have a couple of questions.

    1. I read in Robert Benedetto's book that he puts a sealer coat on the inside to help against rapid humidity...
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    Re: Capo for Octave/Bouzouki

    Another vote for the quick draw. It parks behind the nut and can be slid into place very quickly.
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    Re: Another CF reinforcement question

    Thanks everyone.
    So it sounds like recessing with epoxy is the way to go. I was planning to extent the CF into the headstock, especially since I am installing a truss rod.
    I am kind of commited...
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    Another CF reinforcement question

    I Picked up a piece of solid maple for the octave mandolin build. It has some quilting so I am going to reinforce it with 2 CF bars. One on each side of the truss rod. I have 3 questions.
    1. Should...
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    Re: New OM build maple neck questions

    That is an interesting observation. I hope that your attendance was technical and not personal. I will try to find a piece big enough to bookmatch.
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    Re: New OM build maple neck questions

    Thanks for the detailed replies. It does confirm my concern, and gives me good insight to the issues. If I were to laminate the 2 pieces with an ebony stringer in the center, would that improve the...
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    New OM build maple neck questions

    I am building an Octave Mandolin, and the back and sides are quilted maple. I would like to carry the quilted theme to the neck but have some questions.
    1. All of the figured maple neck stock I have...
  11. Re: Pickup options for an F hole octive mandolin

    i looked at the MISI site, and the only pickup option is an under saddle pickup. Will they work with any pickup? This is an archtop, so the under saddle will not work. It is a very interesting option...
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    Re: Another carbon fiber question

    Just to close out this thread, I put a couple of washers on the truss rod (why didn't I think of that) and was able to get the relief set up. I left it with .008" clearence under frets 6, 7, and 8...
  13. Re: Pickup options for an F hole octive mandolin

    I have used the K&K twins but have had issues with sufficient gain on some mixers I was feeding. I have also used an AKG C411 external mike, but the sticky stuff makes a mess out of the top, and not...
  14. Re: Scale length for an octave mandolin build

    Thanks everyone. I do understand the relationship of the bridge for compensation. My concern was how much leeway there is between the bridge and the carved top and where the f holes are set. 22...
  15. Scale length for an octave mandolin build

    I am in the process of building an octave mandolin with a small guitar shaped carved top to be tuned G D A E.
    I have seen scale lengths mentioned from 21 to 23+ for these instruments; is there any...
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    Re: Another carbon fiber question

    It is at the end of its adjustment. I will see how deep it is when I remove the fretboard. It is a 1970 yamaha, so not a super expensive one but it has a decent sound so it's worth fixing.
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    Re: Home recording set up

    Audacity also has a version for the macbook.
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    Another carbon fiber question

    Although this question is similar to the thread on the carbon fiber D tube, it is different enough that I did not want to step on that thread.
    I have a 12 string guitar that the neck has taken a set...
  19. Pickup options for an F hole octive mandolin

    For my next project I have started an F hole guitar bodied octave mandolin and I am wondering what options are available for a pickup. I have used the K&K twins but would like to know if there are...
  20. Re: Bouzouki built for under $1k? Any thoughts?

    It might help if you elaborate a bit more on what you are looking for. Long or short scale length, guitar or traditional, shaped body, carved of flat top. You can build one yourself for that price...
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    Re: OM accompaniments a la Andy Irvine

    If you are using a long scale bouzouki the GDAD tuning works best since you can use partial chords and gat a lot of drone from it which gives it a unique voice in a session. If you are using a short...
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    Re: What plectra for the mandole?

    My suggestion is to try several different picks to see what sound you want to get out of it. I am finding that each instrument I have needs a different pick to get what I want from it. I have pretty...
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    Re: carved or flat top octave mandolin

    Thanks for the link. It is a good pointer to another resource for those of us new to the craft. This forum has proven quite helpful in getting me through my first build. It amazes me that so many...
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    Re: carved or flat top octave mandolin

    I might be showing my ignorance here. Is it possible to use a pin bridge on an induced arch?
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    Re: carved or flat top octave mandolin

    Peter,
    What was the arch radius you used? I agree the arch top is a lot more work. If I go that direction I will probably use a small guitar design with a pin bridge just because it would be a new...
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