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    Re: Tenor ukulele tuned GDAE?

    Find an online string tension calculator and check the string tension on a standard mandolin for each string then increase the scale length on the calculator to 17" and mess with the gauges until you...
  2. Re: Does Gibson have a website for it's mandolins?

    Everytime I've been in to Carters the last couple years, there has been a sign that said room is closed for video shoot.
  3. Thread: Humbuckers

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    Re: Humbuckers

    If you want a stacked humbucker sound from a paired humbucker then wire it out of phase. Thats a tongue in cheek comment but stacked seem to be much more muted.
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    Re: Buying directly from a luthier

    I'd ask if there is a warranty and what it does and doesn't include. I'd try and get it in writing. I'd also ask if there were an approval period and what the terms of return would be. Get a...
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    Re: 5-string mandolin for beginner?

    The issue with string tension on a standard scale 5 string mandolin is that its hard to get a good balance across the strings. My experience has been that there is no middle range but only extremes,...
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    Re: 5-string mandolin for beginner?

    80% of what I build are 14.5" scale five strings. Honestly, I don't recommend a five string as a first instrument unless you are a real competent musician and/or have been playing four strings for...
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    Re: 5-string mandolin for beginner?

    Reach out to John L. Smith. He'd be my first choice in that price range. I'd also recommend Belmuse. He's higher than your budget but less then a Mann. I'd also recommend the Kentucky five strings...
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    Re: Crushed stone for headstock inlay?

    I have some scrap MOP that you can have if you want to crush it yourself. Its the scrap from cutting inlay on my cnc.
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    Re: Mando Strat Case/gig bag ideas

    Access Rectangle Hardshell Case
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    Re: Mohawk lacquer

    I've had this happen several times with several different cans of lacquer from Mohawk. I had contributed it to the shellac that I used as a sealer not properly drying. I think my shellac was past...
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    Re: Newbie Builds an Electric Mandolin

    It doesn't really matter. I've done it before and after. Its more a function of what tools you have to fret with and if you feel comfortable carving a neck after having fretted it. In regards to...
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    Re: Rick Turner has passed into Eternity

    Rick and I butted heads on a number of occasions and I'm a better builder for it.
  13. Re: Getting A-E strings volume balanced on 8 string solid?

    When you mentioned an effects pedal, I figured a pickup would be less than the cost of a pedal.
  14. Re: Getting A-E strings volume balanced on 8 string solid?

    Why not buy a pickup with individual pole pieces?
  15. Re: J.L. Smith Mandolins: Yes! I'm still building some Emandos.

    Beautiful as usual. Glad to see you are still at it.
  16. Re: Pickup replacement options now that Almuse has retired?

    Pete and I developed a working relationship many years ago when his pickup business was in its infancy and he was gracious enough to provide me with the necessary info and tooling to wind pickups...
  17. Re: Replacement humbucker pickup for Eastman El Rey Lollar

    I worked with Eastwood many years ago on a new bridge design, it wasn't a very positive experience although I did get a free instrument out of the deal.
  18. Re: Replacement humbucker pickup for Eastman El Rey Lollar

    There are going to be some new pickup makers in the near future as builders like myself make the transition with Pete's retirement.
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    Re: Retirement....Time to take it easy!

    So, you're saving your hands for model airplanes? Good for you. I assume you will still be around to keep us straight on how strings work in relation to magnetic fields?
  20. Re: 4-String, Solid Body Electric Mandolin Options

    I'd start with emando.com first. If there isn't anything on his website that interests you then look through his builder database. I don't know if a five string interests you but I know he has two...
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    Re: Retirement....Time to take it easy!

    Nope. Can't do it. Not allowed. We're all going to pretend that you didn't post that and you'll go right back to the bench after having had a pint or two. :)
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    Re: Eastwood Mandolins

    I've had just about every 8 string import electric through my shop and the Eastman's were by far the better of the instruments for tone and best playing. No matter what you get, plan on spending...
  23. Re: Getting started with tenor, looking at an electric tenor

    I recently purchased a tenor guitar from GS Monroe off Etsy. He agreed to build one using material that I sent him which included red spruce top, ribbon mahogany, ebony and tortoise shell binding. ...
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    Re: Tailpiece help

    Thanks all. I'll look at putting a piece of ebony on like a violin. I didn't realize that is what that piece was called.
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    Tailpiece help

    I recently picked up a tenor guitar that has a violin style tailpiece and the cable is compressing the binding on the edge. I'm also having trouble keeping it in tune and concerned about it causing...
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