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  1. Re: Do any companies make bowlback mandolins and banjolins anymor

    If a banjo has a plastic head or fyberskin it is about as secure as an electric guitar. Not much to bother when traveling or playing out of doors. I believe Gold Tone makes an mandolin banjo if it is...
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    Re: Song books for women?

    It is easy to transpose songs to the key that you want to sing it in. You can make a chart to make it easy if you want.

    C F G
    D G A
    E A B
    F Bb C

    Etc, etc, etc.
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    We've been playing a couple of small farmers markets. It's out side and we sit apart keeping it to 3-5 folks so we can hear. Any more and the distance makes it hard to hear. The vendors really...
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    I was going to add that to my post, but at the last minute didn't. Thanks Charles, glad someone has the same memories and sense of humor.
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    I hope it wasn't a test.
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    Re: A question for luthiers - from a non-luthier

    Neck relief is the curve of the neck around the center of the fingerboard between the nut and the body. Guitars with longer strings vibrate more in the center than at the ends and so this becomes...
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    Re: A question for luthiers - from a non-luthier

    One thing John didn't mention in his very informative post--- neck relief. Even a slight relief in the same mandolin compared will be harder playing. Are both necks totally flat? I would also look at...
  8. Re: My wife has stored it for years,no markings I can see

    Be sure to string it with extremely light strings. More will damage it.
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    Re: New Vintage playing Big Mon

    Usually means voice and no instruments in the music world.
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    Re: Off Matt's Bench/New Ruhland

    Nice back, would love to play one of these some day.
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    Re: DolaGard question

    Bend the back leg that is in the lower pic so it is level with the guard. It is not in the correct place. I have had to bend these several times to fit instruments. Since you are only bending it to...
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    Re: Installing K&K Twin With Hide Glue

    Dave, I was talking with Deiter at K&K years ago and was trying to find what would sound best for my mandolin. Seeing that I couldn't afford to buy a lot of mandolins and pickups I would put them in...
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    Re: Installing K&K Twin With Hide Glue

    I have removed at least a dozen of them super glued without breaking one, the tape should be an easy removal.
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    Re: Installing K&K Twin With Hide Glue

    I used the tape, but I glued the tape to the pickup, glued another piece of tape to that tape and glued that to the mandolin. Super glue gel is the preferred glue. I used the tape to take a little...
  15. Re: Anyone know of any nickel-free mando strings?

    GHS is the same with the plain strings, they are a quality carbon steel. I would assume like Ernie Ball they are tin plated
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    Re: Four Finger Chop Chords and the Pain!

    The muted string is the E. I fret for a G chord---4th fret on the G string, 5th fret on the D string, 2ond fret on the A string and mute the E. You can use a C chord the same way. Take the easy C...
  17. Re: Seeking vintage tenor guitar neck for a project

    Saw a 6 string archtop neck on the bay for $34, you could always fill in two tuner holes and slim the neck.
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    Re: Four Finger Chop Chords and the Pain!

    I like the sound I get from 3 finger chop chords better. They are also easier and move just as well. They are also much less fatiguing.
  19. Thread: Block in-lays.

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    Re: Block in-lays.

    A lot would depend on the radius and the thickness of the pearl blocks. You would have a better chance with a slight radius and thicker blocks.
  20. Thread: Humidity

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    Re: Humidity

    CES yup humidity will do some weird things to instruments, never had it crack, but I guess it could happen. Sure makes a varnish finish a pain. Gets all sticky and easily damaged. My best mandolin...
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    Re: 1930ís Stradolin I Bought

    Yes in fact Joe Price and I were talking about Don last week. Joe used to come to National Guitars and play a show, have a few drinks and some food, when he was on tour. Sad how times change.
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    I use pure nickel and they don't seem to oxidize or tarnish from playing. Like all strings they will get dents where they contact the frets. When I can feel the dents on the under side of the string,...
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    Re: Humidity

    I have played weekly cruises on the Mississippi for a very long time. It gets hot, 90's and humid, but I haven't had and problems with humidity cracking any of the instruments. Dryness is more likely...
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    Re: string life with limited playing

    My mandolin is not bright so I the strings, especially the G, go dead after a time. Because I am not gigging I am putting up with the deader G string, the rest still sound good. Long as I don't have...
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    Re: Pickguard Reset on Weymann Bowlback

    It was most likely hide glue to begin with, tho it was probably glued to the wood. Since it is not under any stress really it should be fine.
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