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    Re: Mandocello question

    You can get a Big Baby Taylor in A+ condition for about 250 to $300. Theyíre damn good guitars but not terribly valuable so your not commuting a sin. The necks are bolt-on so itís 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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    Re: Cracked banjo headstock

    CA is not appropriate unless it’s just a cosmetic crack. I just did a repair like this on a guitar. See if there is anything you can do to open the crack a little wider using stress - short of...
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    Re: EMando Bridge. The hard way.

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    Stainless and brass. Yes I copied a certain company’s bridge but you gotta do what you gotta do.
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    EMando Bridge. The hard way.

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    Couldnít find what I wanted so I made one.
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    Re: Bridge Pin Reamer

    The non tapered bridge pins on your Ibanez is just an Ibanez thing they do on all of their acoustics. Nothing to do with it being Chinese. Itís just an Ibanez thing and they work just fine.
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    This can be a real pain and having only the F- holes as access makes it difficult. Fishman provides stick-on clips for their preamp installs. These are actually quite good as they are the type that...
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    Re: Straighten a Neck - No Truss Rod

    As said more than a few times already, it needs a proper diagnosis. Is there excessive relief in the neck or is the problem due to neck angle or maybe even malformation of the top? Hard to know the...
  20. Re: ES Arch Top Guitar Octave Mandolin conversion

    I've done this a number of times and really enjoy the result. But this is from the perspective of a guitar player that has never really attempted to play mandolin. Making these instruments is the...
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    Re: How frustrating! Just my luck!

    No harm done. As a professional, I can't count how many times I've needed to return to the beginning and start again. If you were faced with the same problem again, you'd take another approach and...
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    Re: Built a tenor guitar

    What a beautiful instrument and most certainly a precious one to keep. We had an old Martin tenor guitar in the shop a few year past that was being sold on consignment. Asking price was too high for...
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    Re: Dremel attachments

    Dremel is a consumer grade tool. I'm not a fan of the company and have little to say that is nice about their accessories. However, if my dremel broke, I'd be buying another the next day. At some...
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    Re: How would you do this?

    I've done this many times. I do what Tavy said. Its nice to have a peg hole reamer. Titebond is the easiest and the least dangerous approach but I use CA and a spray accelerator to get the job done...
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    Re: Using pine, other "non-spruce" woods...

    The last time I went to my favorite local mill, the two guys there could not with any certainty identify the species of wood I was asking about. Don't get me wrong, these guys are professionals. If...
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